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Dec 13, 2010 06:04 AM

Soup, Chili and other great bowls of joy in SE Michigan

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

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  1. > Modern ...

    Caution: They have shifted to their "winter" hours. Call before making the trip.

    1. 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!)

      1. Pho- Que Huong in Madison Heights.
        Ramen- Matsuchan in Canton
        Yukgaejang- Hmmmmm, I'll go with Hana in Ypsi.
        Gumbo- ? Good luck with that,

        Que Huong Restaurant
        30820 John R Rd, Madison Heights, MI 48071

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        1. re: moose734

          Gumbo - Louisiana Creole Gumbo, 2051 Gratiot Ave, Detroit right outside Eastern Market. Red Beans and Rice are great there too. Although there's a couple tables, this is definitely a take out place.

          Louisiana Creole Gumbo
          2051 Gratiot Ave, Detroit, MI 48207

        2. 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.

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          1. re: jjspw

            Does E-Mart make their own kimchi? I am always up for trying a Korean market's kimchi and panchan.

            1. re: moose734

              I believe E-Mart does, in fact, make their own kimchi. They have some banchan items (made there, I presume) in a cooler-type thing next to the restaurant -- usually kimbap, seaweed salad, omelet, etc. Haven't tried any of the banchan.

            2. re: jjspw

              Tomato Bisque at Forest Grill and Dill Pickle Soup at Polonia - YUM!

              Polonia Restaurant
              2934 Yemans St, Hamtramck, MI 48212

              Forest Grill Restaurant
              735 Forest Ave Ste 100, Birmingham, MI 48009

            3. 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.

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              1. re: vtombrown

                Two questions, VTB:

                1. Did said chili have (::shudder::) kidney beans in it? What else, besides the lamb, constituted the chili?

                2. Where, exactly, is this Oasis in Warren?

                And yes, I realize that I technically asked three questions there, but too bad: I don't care. ;)


                1. re: boagman

                  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.

                  1. re: vtombrown

                    "Kick" is melt your face off Thai Chili Peppers with a hint of noodles and veggies.

                    At least that was lunch today.

                  2. re: boagman

                    > Did said chili have (::shudder::) kidney beans in it? What else, besides the lamb, constituted the chili?

                    Anybody that knows beans about chili, knows that that beans do not belong in chili.