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Best Tortilla Soup in Austin?

ChristineR Oct 4, 2010 04:14 PM

I'm searching but haven't found it yet. Help me out!

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    PappyAustin RE: ChristineR Oct 5, 2010 06:33 AM

    I really like the Central Market Cafe version.

    Central Market
    4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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      Helind RE: PappyAustin Oct 5, 2010 10:28 AM

      I second the Central Market Cafe version; though I've only had it at the Central Market at Westgate. I prefer mine with a tomatoey broth. I've tried some others, but they're always served with the clear chicken broth.

      Central Market
      4477 S Lamar Blvd Ste 100, Austin, TX 78745

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      sighmesigh RE: ChristineR Oct 5, 2010 08:28 AM

      I like the tortilla soup at Vivo

      2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

      1. amysuehere RE: ChristineR Oct 5, 2010 08:45 AM

        My husband's been on a real tortilla soup kick as of late. His favorite is at Jorge's on Hancock with extra green chile and tortilla strips on the side. He also likes Chuy's the same way. He thinks Maudie's is just "meh".

        1. sweet100s RE: ChristineR Oct 5, 2010 08:51 AM

          I love the Chicken Tortilla Soup at Roaring Fork at Stonelake.

          - The broth is delicious
          - The avocado ALWAYS tastes fresh
          - The chicken chunks taste like they came from real chicken vs processed cubes of some generic meat.
          - Plating is pretty

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            achtungpv RE: ChristineR Oct 5, 2010 03:48 PM

            Azul Tequila's version is really good also.

            Azul Tequila
            4211 S Lamar Blvd Ste A2, Austin, TX 78704

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              mouthXmouthwest RE: achtungpv Oct 5, 2010 06:53 PM

              Azul offers a good bowl, a hybrid of tortilla and chicken caldo, with a clear, flavorful chicken broth plus tortilla strips, good avocado slice and some white cheese + diced carrots and celery, onions, that ever present chunk of frozen corn on the cob, pieces of white chicken breasts I associate more with caldo. For a darker broth with more chile flavor, Manuels and El Chile's versions are surprisingly interesting.

              I'll expand the query to chicken caldo, Where do you find a really good bowl? Most places I go -small cafes off Riverside, Oltorf, east side - offer this soup in versions that taste almost the same, with little variety in the vegetables or spices. My go to version is at Taco Village because i like the cabbage, tomato, potato and often green beans plus those very delicious thick homemade corn tortillas. A small portion, plus rice plus corn tortillas is under $6, and perfect for lunch. Angie's offers close to the same, but much prefer the more interesting crowd off 51st and the friendly wait staff.

              And what's with the mushy corn on the cob?

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              jactar RE: ChristineR Mar 23, 2011 06:57 AM

              My favorite is the one at EZ's, BION. It's my favorite -- besides my own.

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                reinadetostones RE: ChristineR Mar 23, 2011 06:25 PM

                What IS tortilla soup, exactly?

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                  agoodbite RE: reinadetostones Mar 24, 2011 01:20 AM

                  According to Mary Louise Parker's character's brother on Weeds, it's bullsh!it in a bowl. That's an apt description in my mind. The only decent version I've ever bothered to try was at Las Manitias - a red chile broth with strips of fried corn tortilla, avocado and cotija cheese. It wasn't a vessel for leftovers, stale chips and gloppy cheese. There's plenty of good soup out there, but it ain't tortilla soup.

                  Taqueria Arandas on Burnet does a decent version of caldo de res (not nearly as good as my husband's) and Elsi's green pozole (served on the weekend) is very nice. This is what's near me that's decent. I don't go too far from home these days.

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                    singlemalt RE: agoodbite Mar 24, 2011 09:17 AM

                    I always liked Manitas tortilla soup as well, and their clado de res. It sitll aggravates me a lot when I read in today's paper that they are proposing a botique hotel on Congress and their is still a vacant lot where Manitas was. Arrgh!

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                      Dave Westerberg RE: agoodbite Apr 1, 2011 02:32 PM

                      I didn't read your note before I posted below. AFTER I left Elsie's looking for beef soup, I crossed the street because I like Anrandas's beef soup too. They were out, so I went up to Pho Van for Pho (number 8).


                      Pho Van
                      8557 Research Blvd, Austin, TX 78758

                  2. dinaofdoom RE: ChristineR Mar 23, 2011 10:17 PM

                    sounds like i need to give caldo a test run sometime soon.
                    and since i have yet to find the perfect-to-me tortilla soup, i should try some of these recs.

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                      texangurl RE: ChristineR Mar 28, 2011 11:50 AM

                      I like central Market (westgate) and chuys tortilla soups.

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                        Dave Westerberg RE: ChristineR Apr 1, 2011 02:30 PM

                        I'm glad you asked this. I'm always so disappointed when that is the only soup on the menu. I just don't get the appeal, so far.

                        I went to Elsie's last week hoping for beef soup, and they only had Tortilla soup, and I left. I'd like to find places that make tortilla soup well, if only so I know what the good versions taste like.

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                          cherilyntx RE: ChristineR Apr 6, 2011 09:08 PM

                          Try El Caribe on North Lamar, north of the Triangle (5610 N. Lamar). Excellent chicken soup, not exactly tortilla soup but well-simmered with carrots, onions, and celery. Tastes very homemade, with good quality ingredients. You can get it as one of the sides on their lunch special-- well worth it.

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                            ieathereforeiam RE: cherilyntx Apr 7, 2011 09:25 AM

                            curra's always has a good one

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                            Rosedale_foodie RE: ChristineR May 21, 2011 09:56 AM

                            I've not done a lot of shopping around on tortilla soup, but the original Kerbey Lane has a really tasty version -- plenty spicy. It's one of my favorite dishes at KL.

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                              1. tim irvine RE: ChristineR May 21, 2011 12:43 PM

                                If you like the clearer broth, lighter approach (I do) that is the ONLY thing I have had at Guerro's that I liked.

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