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Oct 4, 2010 04:14 PM

Best Tortilla Soup in Austin?

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

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  1. I really like the Central Market Cafe version.

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

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    1. re: PappyAustin

      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

    2. I like the tortilla soup at Vivo

      2015 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722

      1. 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. 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

          1. Azul Tequila's version is really good also.

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

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            1. re: achtungpv

              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?