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Oct 19, 2009 07:37 AM

Soup in Harvard Square

Looking for soup rec's in Harvard Square. Who's consistently good for what ails you?

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  1. If I've got a cold, I go to Le's Vietnamese in the Garage for pho.

    Leo's Lunch, across the street from the garage, usually has some straightforward homemade soups, and you get to sit at the diner counter.

    Hi Rise Bakery and Darwin's also make excellent soups.

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    1. re: dulce de leche

      I second Leo's Place, and admit that I miss Boston Chowda.

      1. re: dulce de leche

        Agree with Le's pho.

        Darwins...I just will never go there again if I have my wits about me. I went in yesterday for a look around with a coworker and the woman working on the right side of the store was such an unbelievable $#@%. I could not believe it. I've worked in retail before, and I know it can be rough, but this was a mean and unprovoked attack for sport.

        1. re: uman

          YIKES! Now I wanna know what happened.

          1. re: uman

            I once told a Darwin's employee to go fuck himself, walked out the door and will never go back. The sandwiches are not worth the attitude.

            1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

              was this the location out on mt auburn, or the one on kirkland? i've had pretty terrible experiences at the mt auburn location, but have been to the kirkland location probably a dozen times w/o noticeable attitude.

              1. re: autopi

                Mt. Auburn. I didn't know there was one on Kirkland.

                1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                  yeah, it's a couple blocks down kirkland towards inman. it's all hipsters and such there too, but they seem to be better behaved than at mt auburn. dunno why.

                    1. re: autopi

                      i thought it was on cambridge street, across from the high school.

                      1. re: wonderwoman

                        Across from the *back* of the high school...

                        1. re: glenn mcdonald

                          yes, sorry, cambridge st., not kirkland.

          2. Crema Cafe does a mighty tasty tomato bisque. The Market (corner of Brattle and Church) also has two soups for sale daily - the Italian wedding soup is my favorite there.

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            1. re: Dea

              Yes, I've rapidly come to love Crema's tomato bisque, especially paired with a slice of their unfailingly excellent quiche.

              1. re: Dea

                Second Crema. The tomato bisque is reliably good and usually on the menu; I also had a mushroom/wheat berry soup recently that was delicious.

                Cup of soup and a grilled cheese with caramelized onions at Crema is a great lunch, IMO.

                1. re: greenzebra

                  I'm a big Crema fan, but the tomato bisque struck me as pretty ordinary -- nicely salty, but without a deep tomato flavor.

                  Crema Cafe
                  27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

              2. I love the chickpea soup at Cafe Pamplona. They also have a black bean soup and gazpacho (not for winter), but I haven't tried them. The chickpea soup was a light puree (not gloppy) with a slight kick of heat from some type of chili pepper, and there was probably some saffron in there too. Served with a slice of unremarkable bread, $3.95 for a bowl.

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                1. re: bella_sarda

                  Agreed-Crema's tomato bisque is really awesomeee..I used to get this in the Winter's when I was up in Boston..nothing like a good bowl of soup in harvard square :)

                2. It's a chain, but I have enjoyed the ebi kare lomen at Wagamama (from their website: a spicy soup made from lemongrass, coconut milk, shrimp paste, red chillies, fresh ginger and galangal. served with ramen noodles and garnished with marinated grilled shrimp, beansprouts, cucumber, cilantro and a wedge of lime).

                  I haven't been there in a long time, though.

                  1. Just an update - I had the parsnip and apple soup at Crema yesterday (the tomato bisque wasn't an option) and it was very very good. Now I have two soups at Crema that I love. Creamy but not overly rich, not too salty, with julienned bits of apple for a little crunch. MMMMMM

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                    1. re: Dea

                      I'm bumping this thread to say that I had Crema's parsnip & apple soup the other evening and it is OUTSTANDING. I think I like it even better than the tomato bisque!

                      1. re: Allstonian

                        Totally agree, and wish I had known it was on the menu today! I am crunched at work, so made do with a quick trip to the Market for their perfectly decent chicken noodle soup, but wish I had taken the time to go to Crema instead.