Soup, Chili and other great bowls of joy in SE Michigan
- JanPrimus Dec 13, 2010 06:04 AM
My dear friends, posters and moderators. I sit here this morning at home thanks to the good wise people at my kids school district that have decided that the snow made it a good good day to take off. I have whipped up Sausage and Gravy and dropped it into my big Soup/Chili bowl. Now I am thinking...winter is here and it is my favorite time to hover my face above a aromatic steamy bowl of goodness. I know mt favorite restaurant bowl of soup is at Mudgie's over in Corktown. I know I have a standing invitation to hit up Modern Food and Spirits for some soup from one of my very trusted food sources. What I don't know is where I will find my next great bowl.
Help me Obi-Wan....your my only hope.
Where are the great bowls of Phở, Ramen, Chili, Stew, Gaspatcho, Goulash, Ginataan, Krentjebrij, Bisque , Gumbo, Chowder, Yukgaejang, Vichyssoise, Philadelphia pepper pot and just plain old bowls of Tomato soup?
1300 Porter St, Detroit, MI 48226
I haven't had this in years because it's too much with the burger, but I remember Red Coat's seafood bisque being completely made of awesomeness (that and a prodigious amount of cream!)
Recently tried Matsuchan for the first time, and am on the bandwagon of praise about that place. Very good ramen, especially the miso, pork, and miso-pork varieties.
For any of the Korean soups, check out the little cafe inside E-Mart Grocery (on 16 Mile and Dequindre in Troy). That's about as close to the homey little hole-in-the-wall restaurants in Korea, as you'll find here.
For the more "basic" soups, I've really taken a liking to the soups at Ventimiglia. Their chicken noodle is excellent -- never any mushy noodles. They usually have four soups available at any given time -- typically chicken noodle, tomato basil, and a couple of veggie or minestrone type options.
Let me guess, your kids got stir crazy, you tried to escape to the computer, and afterwards both your wife and your office boss lamented that they'd hoped you'd "got something done" while around the house the "entire" day? :-)
I have a fond soup memory, but it is 15yrs old, and may not be right or worthy. But, I once sure enjoyed the lobster bisque at Rochester Chop House. Came with a shot of sherry, if memory serves.
Oddly, I also had an awesome(!) Lamb "Chili" at Oasis Middle Eastern Restaurant in Warren. Better than I possibly could make at home, and that's meant to be a compliment. (Though, some might not see it that way.)
Warren is a crap eggs-and-coney wasteland. AARP members can't even eat here, coupon in hand. But, there's been a sudden surge in Middle Eastern restaurant construction starts, so I am hopeful.
Hi Bro'. Sorry. Although I had it just a few days ago, I can't recall for sure, about the beans. All I know is that it had a nice little kick*---maybe it was the bright red oil floating in it---and some quality ground lamb. Balance, thoughtfulness and quality. *granted, JP would laugh at my application of the term "kick," and be embarrassed for me.
Oasis is right next to Pei Wei, in the Meijer complex at 12 Mile and Mound. This place is genuinely respectable (maybe not great) across the whole menu.