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I need me some soup (92101)


Could be your basic chicken soup or something more daring like oxtail soup or exotic like Zurek, or your tried-and-true French Onion or Minestrone, but nothing cold like gazpacho.

Any good recommendations in/around 92101 (e.g. DTSD, HIllcrest, Mission Hills, Gaslamp, etc.)

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  1. You could always get a bucket of chowder or cioppino or something from Fish Market.

    1. Or try BCs fave the Mussel Bisque at Dobson's

      1. I don't know if it's truly vegetarian, stockwise, (it may be) but if you want meatless, Sora's purple potato soup is pretty good.

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        1. re: The Office Goat

          Sora's purple potato soup is pretty good.


          Surely you jest.

          By that standard, rancid meat is tasty.

          1. re: ipsedixit

            It wasn't a jest. Maybe something was wrong with yours? When we had it, everyone at the table liked it.

            1. re: The Office Goat

              Do you want to join our death pool for Sora?

              Pick the month Sora shutters. March and April 2013 are still open.

        2. Just finished a great Turkey Chili Soup at Urban Solace.

          1. Tender Greens at Liberty Station always has Roasted Roma Tomato Soup, Rustic Chicken Soup, and a rotating Soup-of-the-Day that is invariably excellent.

            1. ispe, are you living in SD Now?

              if you're in the mood for ramen, this might be of use:

              1. Pho at Pho Hoa, south curb line, Euclid Avenue and El Cajon Boulevard in City Heights.

                1. Pho Point Loma Grill & Restaurant serves great.... wait for it... pho.

                  1. If you are willing to venture east into City Heights:
                    - Lamb consomme at El Borrego Restaurant
                    - Pozole at El Rodeo Taqueria
                    - Pho at Pho Hoa
                    - Soup noodles at Minh Ky

                    (All along El Cajon Blvd.)

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                    1. re: zare_k

                      Oooo! second El Borrego. love that place.

                    2. It's weird, but I really don't consider Phở to be soup.

                      Thanks for all the suggestions nonetheless. Keep'em coming.

                      1. Tom Ka - Sab E Lee. Wishing I had some right now.

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                        1. Doh.

                          Completely failed to mention Underbelly- I lunch there often, and enjoy it.

                          1. Starlite always has a few excellent soups.

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                            1. re: 4wino

                              I don't know what happened to John Kennedy, the former chef and owner of The Better Half. Though the guy was kind of crazy, and seems to have been bad at business, he was a genius at making soups. Damn I miss his soups!

                              1. re: notjustastomach

                                I would like to know where John is as well.

                            2. I had the minestrone at Napizza. I liked it. Long on vegetables, the broth was real tomatoey in an Italian sense, not sweet tomato like you buy at the Super. I could have used more Oregano, but that could be my bias. I'll walk out again when it's colder and have that with a slice. I do like Napizza. My only issue is that the wine by the glass price seems out of proportion to the cost of a bowl of soup or a slice.

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                              1. re: SanDiego

                                Maybe it's the weather, but days like today make me thing of the amazing mushroom soup I had at The Better Half. Also had a great bowl of mushroom soup at Tender Greens in Liberty Station, but I haven't been able to catch it since and I'm not a fan of the other soups I've had there. I also had an amazing bisque at Brooklyn Girl's predecessor in La Jolla whose name is eluding me, but sorry Beachy, I'm not getting the love affair with the mussel bisque at Dobsons. But perhaps my palate was harmed by some of the worse sourdough I have ever tasted! Back on the positive, I like the chowda from Point Loma Seafood better, but nothing is better than chillin' on the deck of the Fish Market with a cup of chowda, some cheesy bread the drink of your choice and a good friend (except during tourist season)!

                                1. re: sdnosh

                                  Ooooh, I love mushroom soup. Where's your go-to place for that?

                                  1. re: TeeBeeinSD

                                    Believe it or not, Whole Foods has some of the best mushroom soup I have ever had. Call ahead for the days they feature it.

                                    1. re: foodiechick

                                      That is good to know..
                                      Love love love mushroom soup..

                                      1. re: foodiechick

                                        It always smells good when I am in the store while they have it. I'll keep that in mind. :)

                                    2. re: sdnosh

                                      Mussel Bisque you didn't quite get...
                                      Sorry to hear that noshie.
                                      Usually its off the chain good.

                                      My fave is mushroom soup too.
                                      Now, if we can lasso all the places in SD that make a good one.

                                  2. Has anyone been to the San Diego Soup Shoppe? Its a bit farther out than Hillcrest, but I just moved into the 'hood and keep passing it and wondering.


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                                    1. re: Shannon

                                      Stopped by there today for the first time. Had the half soup/sandwich combo. Got the Lobster Bisque with sherry and turkey, blueberry compote sandwich. Sandwich was really good and flavorful. Soup had a great flavor, but the lobster part was definately lacking. Maybe I got the only bowl with no lobster? There were some flakes of meat but that was it. I paid $1 extra for the lobster, so expected some meat!

                                      With that said, I would definately go back and try some other things.

                                      Hours are kind of strange, so check their FB page before you go.

                                      Also heard they are opening a beer/hamburger place next door. Don''t know anything else about that.

                                      1. re: master815k

                                        thanks for the report! I will definitely check it out too.

                                        1. re: master815k

                                          Did they have more than the 6 flavors of soup listed on the menu page of their web site. I really hate to say this, but I recognize all 6 of the soups on their web page as being from the Campbell's foodservice line of frozen soups. These are flavors not available to the retail trade, but readily available through either local broadline distributor. That said, both the Campbell's and Chef Francisco (packed by Heinz) foodservice frozen soup lines have some great varieties and taste great (lots better than the stuff in the can). And with rainy days coming up later this week, these may just hit the spot!

                                          1. re: DiningDiva

                                            What they have on the website is exactly what was on their board. Maybe whoever goes next can ask if they are prepared fresh. The sandwich was great!

                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                              You better watch you, Diva - if you go there you might get told "NO SOUP FOR YOU!!!"

                                              1. re: RB Hound

                                                Actually, the frozen soups from Campbell's and Chef Francisco are pretty decent. The Mushroom Brie is very good so is the Red Pepper & Smoked Gouda.

                                                1. re: DiningDiva

                                                  Yeah, I've probably had them a few times and didn't even realize it. But my comment was more of rip on the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld - you revealing their secret might get you kicked out, or worse yet make them decide to close shop. :)

                                                  1. re: RB Hound

                                                    Yeah, I caught the Soup Nazi reference :-)

                                        2. Just had the Lobster Bisque at Jsix today.

                                          This was fabulous soup.

                                          Even though it was cream-based, it had a nice clean crisp taste to it. The cream was used judiciously and properly to give the soup just enough body and texture -- a sort of al dente mouthfeel on the tongue. It didn't obfuscated the flavors of all the other ingredients , i.e., the lobster, the tomatoes, herbs, wine, etc., which so many bisques tend to do.

                                          Which meant that if you were patient and careful and savored every spoonful, you could easily discern the briny, salty, and to borrow a hackneyed cliche (is there any other kind of cliche?) hints of the ocean.


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                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            Did you have them 'lace' it with a touch of Dry Sack? Makes for a nice way to cut the ricness of the bisque.

                                            1. re: cstr

                                              Tempting, but I had to back to work after lunch.

                                              And now after this bisque, I've got a hankering for some She-Crab Soup ..

                                          2. French Onion Soup at Bleu boheme in Mission Hills

                                            1. You know Ipse, it took this rain storm for me to remember where there is a tasty, if not interesting bowl of soup. And that would be the Mojado de Res at Mama Testa in Hillcrest.

                                              A large bowl of pleasantly spicy beef broth in which little stubby lengths of tacos dorados are floating. A plate of chopped white onion, cilantro and lime wedges comes with it to add - or not - as you please

                                              This is my second favorite thing on their menu, not far behind the mashed potato tacos

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                                              1. re: DiningDiva

                                                I'm going to have to check out that mashed potato taco. Does it go well with guac? Or is that just mush on mush?

                                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                                  I think it goes better with a (thinner) tomatillo/avocado salsa than guac. The mashed potatoes are somewhat chunky, not the whipped smooth variety. If you try them, make sure you get the hard shell version. The soft taco version is just too, too squishy