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Best Soup

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.


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  1. 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.

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    1. re: PaulF

      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.

      1. re: BrewNChow

        At Santouka you can get them to give you Styrofoam to go containers but you have to put the whole shebang into the container yourself.

        1. re: BrewNChow

          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.

      2. The Chestnut Soup at Melisse

        and the Split Pea Soup at Il Grano

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        1. re: loblaw

          I love all of the soup offered at Nate n'Als. I also love the split pea soup at Kate Mantilini

        2. 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!

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          1. re: mikeinla10

            bristol farms has awesome soups!

            1. re: mikeinla10

              +1 on Jerry's ~~ I crave their mushroom barley soup (w/out flanken)

            2. Monte Alban's Chicken Consomme.

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              1. re: yogachik

                I love Monte Alban. Their yellow mole is one of the best sauces I've ever had of any cuisine.

              2. Nabeyaki Udon at Sanuki No Sato

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                1. re: A5 KOBE

                  Is this the same Sanuki at Mitsua? Wasn't aware they had Nabeyaki there.

                  1. re: shenry

                    I'm guessing, but I think they are referring to this place:


                    1. re: PaulF

                      This is the place, no correlation to Mitsua.

                      1. re: A5 KOBE

                        I've actually been there, but didn't remember going until I thought about it.

                        Don't even remember what I had, but my sister-in-law reminded me that we had a good time. I like nabeyaki udon - so now I have to go back.

                  2. re: A5 KOBE

                    Yes!!! The Nabeyaki Udon at Sanuki No Sato is fantastic. Just had it yesterday and it was perfect for a cold day.

                  3. Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone!

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                    1. re: shenry

                      Fromins has the most delicious turkey vegetable soup as their Monday special - bursting with turkey flavor and lots of vegetables and barley,. Sometimes available on tuesdays if they did not run out.

                      1. re: ZoeZ

                        Fromin's chicken in a pot also hits the spot whenever I'm feeling a bit under the weather. Also, if I don't have the energy to leave my apartment, I'll order chicken and shrimp Thai noodle soup from Star of Siam (off the menu).

                    2. Surprisingly one of ny favorite soups is the vegetable soup at California chicken cafe. It's just really good. Veggies aren't over cooked. They all have some bite.

                      1. Pho Ga (Chicken noodle soup Vietnamese style) is perfect for this weather. Any pho is good in this chilly weather.

                        I like to go to Pho 21 for Filet Mignon Pho.

                        Pho 21
                        21525 Sherman Way
                        Canoga Park, CA 91303

                        1. I know it is not the best soup in L.A. , but I have a soft spot for the tureen of soup at Taix. (Last time I went, the whole tureen comes with the well-priced and tasty, if old fashioned, dinner. That was about 2 years ago.) It's an old L.A. landmark -- a fun step back in time. Amazing wine list too.

                          1. As long as we are considering takeout, the Tomato/Red Pepper soup sold at Trader Joe's is rich, flavorful, and very reasonable.

                            1. It makes me hesitant to tell you since usually I can go there and get some of it without waiting in the longest line in the world for the other part of their deli counter but...very conflicted...

                              Since it will help them stay in business another 100 years if even more people shop there, ok.

                              The soup at Bay Cities Italian Grocery and Deli is some of the best soup I've ever had anywhere, including the kind that the fancy and expensive restaurants I often go to serve. They make it in house from scratch and they'll sell you a whole delicious quart of it with a large piece of their house-made bread for $5.98. It's incredibly great!

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                              1. Joans on Third. Several soups each day. Plus a freezer full if quarts of over a dozen different soups.

                                1. I'm partial to the rotisserie chicken noodle soup from Costco. The only downside, it's like a half gallon of the stuff.

                                  1. I love the cabbage soup at Brent's Deli

                                    Brent's Deli
                                    19565 Parthenia St, Northridge, CA 91324

                                    Brent's Deli
                                    2799 Townsgate Rd, Westlake Village, CA 91361

                                    1. Many great suggestions in the comments. Anyone have any updates or additions?

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                                      1. Spicy chicken soup from Bombay Cafe on Pico near Bundy. When I'm under the weather, I'll have them deliver a couple orders of it. Very good reheated the next day.