What is your favorite take out soup on the Westside? Now that it's chiily outside and we seem to have fully entered cold/flu season I need a variety of goto spots for the good stuff.
Definitely need a solid chicken soup as well as a few others to mix it up.
Doesn't have to be fancy soup, just good and soul soothing.
I really like this post as I've been thinking about the same question.
I'd like a rec on albondigas soup if people know of one.
In answer to your question: Does Ramen count as soup? Why not, right? If so, I really like the ramen at Yamadaya. There is a location on Washington, just east of Sepulveda. There is one in Torrance. They are about to open one on Westwood Boulevard just south of Wilshire.
Ramen is definitely soup! Yamadaya is really good, personally I think Santouka beats it rather comfortably but you can't go wrong at either place, they both have their followers. Also, Santouka doesn't do take out, so unless you go into the store with a tupperware (which I've considered doing, but fear I'd look like a jibroni) and the TS said take out so I guess Yamadaya is it.
If you like homemade soup, but making a good broth takes too long, time to buy a pressure cooker. I make broth in an hour that tastes like it took ten hours, and now that it's winter I've been making broth several times a week. Good soup requires good broth. Once you have that, it's pretty hard to screw up a soup.
I think it's pretty close between Santouka and Yamadaya.
And while I enjoy the food court at Mitsuwa, I have to give Y a few extra points for the table service. For me, it's just more pleasant.
You can get a beer at both places -- the difference is at Y you get it served to you in a chilled glass and at Santouka you have to buy it in the grocery store.
But, the OP asked for best soups and I do get that some people prefer Santouka to Yamadaya.
Pho from Pho 99 in Brentwood. But you'll have to reheat when you get home.
Then, BrewNChow hit the nail on the head. Santouka, but they don't do takeout.
Believe it or not, Bristol Farms' Matzo Ball Soup is pretty bomb. And you don't have to wait a long time or get Shanghai'd like you would at Jerry's or Junior's. Having said that, Jerry's is very good.
For Thai Tom Kah, Swanya is very good.
For PaulF, I highly recommend Taco Miendo for Albondigas. Love that stuff!