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January 2013 Dish of the Month - SOUP

DiningDiva Dec 31, 2012 11:42 PM

Happy New Year everyone

It looks like Soup is the winner in our little poll. So go forth and sample soup anywhere in the county from the International border to Camp Pendleton and see what you can find. Then come back to this thread and post what you've found.

Remember, this isn't exactly a "best of" contest, just an opportunity to focus on 1 particular dish.

  1. ibstatguy Jan 19, 2013 01:53 PM

    How about some Cauliflower Veloute?

     
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      notjustastomach Jan 19, 2013 02:07 PM

      "Veloute"? Some kind of fancy word for soup?

      Just goes to show how much our experience is conditioned by our categorical knowledge.

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        wrldtrvl Jan 19, 2013 06:46 PM

        I think a veloute is a French term for a cream-based puree...

      2. re: ibstatguy
        ipsedixit Jan 19, 2013 05:40 PM

        Is that from the Cowboy Star Restaurant Week menu?

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          Rodzilla Jan 20, 2013 12:13 AM

          yes

        2. re: ibstatguy
          Beach Chick Jan 19, 2013 05:54 PM

          Looks fantastic Tony.
          Fakey should be shaking in his boots since your food pics are really good!

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            ibstatguy Jan 27, 2013 02:19 PM

            Thanks for the compliment; I just point the iPhone and shoot!

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              Beach Chick Jan 28, 2013 07:09 AM

              ;^)

              Look forward to more great point and shoot food pics!

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          LisaSD Jan 19, 2013 03:51 AM

          2 soups that I can recommend that are especially tasty are the Caldo Talapeno (usually spelled Tlalpeno) with big chunks of chicken, some chitpotle chiles, rice, avocado and onion and the Shrimp Soup at Palomino's (9353 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, SD). If you go there at lunchtime, you'll see bowls of it at just about every other table!

          Had high hopes for the soups at the Soup Shoppe but the Clam Chowder, while it tasted pretty good, was separating and kind of curdling. The Lobster Bisque was somewhat bland and not hot enough. Soup should be hot...duh!

          Otay Farms Market in Chula Vista has some of the most flavorful Caldo de Res (Beef Soup) I've ever had. Lots of big chunks of meat along with the usual corn, potatoes, etc. You can get their freshly made, delicious tortillas to go.

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            wrldtrvl Jan 18, 2013 10:32 PM

            Perfect for a day when you have a cold and want something hot, simple, and cheap (as you won't be tasting too many flavors too well!): Won Ton Soup from City Wok. Chinese-American version of Chicken noodle soup--won tons instead of noodles, of course, and nice pieces of carrot, pea pods, and bok choy. No excess fat in the broth. Served the purpose.

            1. Rodzilla Jan 16, 2013 11:17 PM

              Last night at Solace and The Moonlight - I hope for everyone's sake that this makes an appearance on the permanent menu.

              Offaly Interesting: Confit of Sweet Breads, Chive Crusted Bone Marrow, White Onion-Gruyere Puree.

              Consomme poured tableside, and I can't tell you how awesome the crusted bone marrow pieces were.

               
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                chris2269 Jan 17, 2013 08:43 AM

                WOW..that dish looks insane. You had me at sweet breads. That may be the most inventive dish I have seen in SD in quite a while.

                How was the Gruyere Puree those are all heavy elements, did the dish balance?

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                  foodiechick Jan 17, 2013 11:28 AM

                  Very impressive. Was it a special?

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                    Rodzilla Jan 18, 2013 10:21 PM

                    Chris - Completely agree. I do a lot of vicarious eat/reading and I've never seen or read about anyone making bone marrow crisps like those.

                    The dish balanced well, the gruyere puree was more of a thickener for the consomme, and having the bone marrow in such a light form gave a lot of flavor without making it too heavy.

                    Foodie - yeah, they were all from a special tasting menu (review on my site) but I'm hoping a few of them might make return appearances.

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                  Island Jan 15, 2013 06:55 PM

                  Lunch at Brothers' Provisions in RB a few days ago. The tortilla soup was OK, but generic. The curried squash soup dull. Most positive thing I can say about the latter is it was a hot addition to lunch on a chilly day.

                  However the brie and pear sandwich on walnut bread was very tasty.

                  1. ipsedixit Jan 14, 2013 11:32 AM

                    Does Chinese congee count?

                    Who cares, I'm including it.

                    Had a big bowl of congee with pork and Thousand Year old eggs at Yum Cha this morning.

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                      Fake Name Jan 14, 2013 12:35 PM

                      Tell me about congee, please?

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                        ipsedixit Jan 14, 2013 02:27 PM

                        It's basically just rice porridge.

                        The way my mom used to make it is by using day old rice and just cooking it with water and simmering it down until it basically looked like white slushy grits.

                        How soupy you want the congee to be is basically a personal preference. Some like it thick, some like it thin and watery.

                        Then it's basically adding the fixins, because by itself it's pretty bland. Your typical add-ins are things like Chinese pork floss, pickled soy sauce cucumbers, pickled radishes, salted duck eggs, "Thousand Year Old" eggs, preserved bean curd, Chinese crullers (or yiou-tiao), bbq pork, duck, fatty pork, Taiwanese sausages, etc. A true tabula rasa.

                        My favorite combo is congee mixed with Chinese pork floss and diced up pickled soy sauce cucumbers.

                        One of the fondest memories of my childhood was having my grandmother spoon feed me congee by my bedside as I recovered from a bad bout of "Chiang Kai-shek Revenge".

                        Come with me to Montebello and the congee is on me.

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                          Gypsy Jan Jan 14, 2013 02:31 PM

                          ipse dixit scores again on the rebound. :)

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                            Tripeler Jan 15, 2013 07:33 PM

                            Great description of congee, along with a generous offer. How wonderful is that?

                      2. Dagney Jan 13, 2013 08:26 PM

                        I just returned home from Sultan Baklava in El Cajon where they serve Turkish Lentil soup that is TO DIE. It is made fresh in house and served with fresh made bread.

                        www.sultanbaklava.com

                        1. DiningDiva Jan 10, 2013 11:45 AM

                          Cafe Ole, inside the Port Building on PCH is offering Couscous Soup for lunch today. Veggie based soup with lots of Israeli Couscous.

                          1. Dagney Jan 9, 2013 12:52 PM

                            We had lunch at the San Diego Soup Shoppe yesterday.

                            We ordered three soups, Mushroom and Brie, Mediterranean Lentil, and Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda.

                            Mushroom and Brie: Divinely creamy and delicious. The wonderful earthy mushroom flavor burst through the heavier ingredients. Wonderful soup.

                            Mediterranean Lentil: Tasty, not overly salty. Lentil is kind of a forgettable soup for me. I think it's more of a healthy, workhorse kind of soup. Fans of Lentil soup would probably love it.

                            Roasted Red Pepper and Gouda: The FAVORITE. I don't know how they made this but it involved some kind of kitchen wizardry. This was an incredibly rich soup, but the bright flavor of the Roasted Red Pepper boasted it's strong flavor chops, and somehow the Gouda cheese also made it's profile known.

                            SDSS charges $6 for a bowl of soup. They also have sandwiches and salads. This is a tiny restaurant with an outdoor patio, so ordering your food to go is a good idea, (for now, unless you want freeze). Their prices are fair and the service is welcoming and friendly. We will go back.

                            http://sdsoupshoppe.com/

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                              ipsedixit Jan 9, 2013 06:51 PM

                              Thanks. I really have to check this place out.

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                                wrldtrvl Jan 10, 2013 10:47 PM

                                We went to San Diego Soup Shoppe today. Perfect to warm up after the cold wind. I had the Mushroom Brie Soup and it was excellent. Strong mushroom flavor, plenty of mushroom pieces and, along with diced onions there are small pieces of shredded potatoes-adds a nice texture. I did not taste the Brie but it probably added to the great texture of the soup. I split the roast beef panini--also good but not great. A bit pricey for what is really just a take-out place but I am certainly going back!

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                                Lynnester Jan 8, 2013 03:39 PM

                                I was driving by the Deli Llama in Hillcrest at 5th and Pennsylvania. Saw their chalkboard listing mushroom and pablano soup and knew I had to stop. It is a cream based soup but very light texture with small pieces of mushroom and pepper throughout. Wow was it good. Just the right amount of spice. Makes me want to go back and try more of their soups.

                                1. Fake Name Jan 7, 2013 10:43 AM

                                  First- I don't know if it's a soup. It's soupy, and has foodstuff in it. Is a soup defined by its particular liquid-to-solids ratio? When is it merely a dish with a lot of sauce?

                                  And is it "authentic"? If it's not "authentic" does that mean it's not soup, or merely unworthy of the slightest mention?

                                  Because around here it's so easy to misstep. Easy to offend, to make a fool of oneself, to suffer the righteous indignation of the elitist canines in the kennel- especially He from The Great North Who No Longer Shares Our Village. Those who self-rise like flour with integrated leavening agents.

                                  It's fear. Fear of being scolded for one's preferences, and having one's feelings dashed on the culinary rocks like a Solo cup in an angry (overly-salted) sea. Having one yum yucked for the sport of it. This Chowhound, this yum-yucking cagefight, a battle of the overly self-witted against the horribly under-tasted. It's not even a fair fight. Woe to the poster claiming to actually LIKE something not permitted by the self-overvalued.

                                  So- what to do? I suppose I can advance disclaim:

                                  I'm unsure it is soup.
                                  I'm more sure it's not "authentic".
                                  But dammit I like it and I shall, bravely and confidently, stride into the ring as a competitor, Lion or Christian, prepared for the boos and jeers of the bloodthirsty crowd and I shall proudly, over the din proclaim:
                                   
                                   
                                   

                                  I enjoy the Chorizo con Huevo at Las Quatros Milpas.
                                   
                                   
                                   
                                   

                                  <sharp mutual breath intake followed by a stunned silence>

                                  Yes. Yes, I did enjoy it this very morning, I did. This very morning, thus un-damning this very thread from a fate of epic failure, I, Fake Name, did enjoy this soup-like food product. I enjoyed it in a group of individuals (remember those? Individuals?) of taste equally appalling, and we dined accompanied with the flat bread products called "tortillas" which I assume were also <sharp breath intake> not "authentic".

                                  And let me further add: I enjoy this soup-like food product nearly every Monday morning with they who call themselves my "friends".

                                  I willfully add chopped raw onions, cilantro and a squeeze of authentic lemon. I gleefully add the doubtlessly not "authentic" spicy cooked sauce they call "salsa" on top of the soup-like food product. And I do so with reckless abandon, abandon, I tell you!

                                  And I Feel. No. Shame.

                                  And I drink it with a Pepsi!

                                   
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                                    Beach Chick Jan 7, 2013 10:48 AM

                                    Out Frigging Elitist Standing!

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                                      cstr Jan 7, 2013 11:32 AM

                                      Bravo!!

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                                        polldeldiablo Jan 7, 2013 11:45 AM

                                        Everything was fine until you said pepsi :o

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                                          Island Jan 7, 2013 12:01 PM

                                          Yea, should have been Diet Pepsi.

                                        2. re: Fake Name
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                                          Island Jan 7, 2013 12:01 PM

                                          Jeez for all that drum roll I thought you were going to tell us you enjoy a finger in your chili at Wendy's. Now that would be shameful.

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                                            RB Hound Jan 7, 2013 01:07 PM

                                            Thanks a lot - the Wendy's reference would have made Souplantation post sound derivative, had I not just lost all the will to post it.

                                          2. re: Fake Name
                                            foodiechick Jan 7, 2013 01:12 PM

                                            Wow, no way can I follow that act with my meager post about La Especial Norte.

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                                              Fake Name Jan 7, 2013 02:09 PM

                                              "Wow, no way can I follow that act with my meager post about La Especial Norte."

                                              Yes, I suspect not.

                                              Well, on wth the thread, then.

                                              ; )

                                            2. re: Fake Name
                                              chris2269 Jan 7, 2013 05:49 PM

                                              Well, I do not think directed at me if it was I do apologize ...I just ask "don't know if it counts...but" just really to avoid getting flamed. kinda like someone asks for a recomendation in the Gaslamp and the Restaurant you mention is 10' out of the technical chalk out line.

                                              Dining Diva has put a lot of unpaid work into this thread so... much respect.

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                                                Fake Name Jan 7, 2013 06:06 PM

                                                Nah- He From The North is further north- and he knows who he is ; )

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                                              eatemup Jan 6, 2013 10:00 AM

                                              After meaning to go for several years, we went to Bud's Louisiana Kitchen on Saturday for lunch. Very nice little place with excellent food and service. Having been to New Orleans many times, we found the seafood gumbo to have a great balance of flavor, texture and heat, and a fair representation of cajun chow (the catfish po' boy was also no slouch).

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                                                Island Jan 5, 2013 10:10 PM

                                                Love the the onion soup at Luc's Bistro and had it again last night. Not your traditional French onion soup and not billed as such. Instead it's a cup of dark slightly sweet deliciousness thick with onions in a base I'm guessing contains a good quantity of red wine and it's served with a small swiss cheese topped toast on the side. I'd like to see the option of a larger serving so I could make a meal of it.

                                                Topic's not dessert of the month, but I ended my meal with a taste of 2 yummy sweet treats. Husband had the chocolate mousse and it was fantastic. I don't recall it being as thick and rich as what I tasted last night. Mmmmmm. I had some great off menu toasted coconut gelato that they brought in for some holiday meals. Said it was from Bubby's in Encinitas. Don't know the place, but I'll definitely head there for more.

                                                1. Gypsy Jan Jan 5, 2013 07:34 PM

                                                  Edited because I repeated another poster's question.

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                                                    ipsedixit Jan 5, 2013 07:41 PM

                                                    I'd settle for a good caldo de uno mares.

                                                  2. ipsedixit Jan 5, 2013 07:08 PM

                                                    Had the clam chowder at Point Loma Seafood. Not memorable.

                                                    (Also, the fish sandwich kind of sucks. Too much breading.)

                                                    Move along, nothing to see here.

                                                    1. DiningDiva Jan 5, 2013 02:39 PM

                                                      I met up with a friend for lunch today at the new (opened on Dec. 6th) El Charco in Chula Vista. Among the variety of items we tried was the Consomé de Pollo Especial.

                                                      It comes in 3 sizes, small - $2.50, medium - $5.25 and large $6.50. We both ordered the small which turned out to be about the size of a regular soup bowl, 12 oz +/-. The soup was chicken broth, rice, garbanzos, chicken meat and hard boiled egg. As with many Mexican restaruants this was accompanied by a try of chopped onion, cilantro, chiles and lime wedges. There were also 4 table salsas from which to chose as well.

                                                      The soup was basically pretty good, and that's what it was...basic, it really needed the addition of some of the condiments. I thought it needed a little more salt, my dining companion did not. The rice, garbanzos, chicken and egg were all fine, I just wish the consume had a little more depth of flavor to it, even it was the ubiquitous Knorr Suisse caldo de pollo. I hope/suspect that the quality of the chicken broth will probably improve as the restaurant is in business longer. At $2.50 it was still a very good value no matter how good or not the soup was.

                                                      I will do a separate post of the other stuff we ate because there were some real winners, including a very, very good chorizo.

                                                      1. polldeldiablo Jan 5, 2013 12:55 PM

                                                        Would like to try a Caldo de Siete Mares(Seven seas soup) preferably done central american style if anyone knows one in San Diego. I had one at a central american small takeout place in Los Angeles near the convention center and I haven't found anywhere that came close to the quality(took 45 mins though). I wish they had it at super cocina :[

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                                                          jbol Jan 5, 2013 08:43 AM

                                                          Last night after returning from a week of skiing in Mammoth, we were needing some hearty asian goodness and visited Convoy Tofu House. I ordered my usual kimchee and tuna stew. The side dishes were passable, kim chee, boiled bean sprouts, boiled spinach, sweet pickled cucumber, sweet soy potatoes, and one more which I don't remember. Then came what we were waiting for, the fiery red, bubbling caldron of tofu stew and a side of rice. It was spicy, hearty and everything that I was craving. I usually eat this by scooping up a little rice with my spoon and then dipping it in the stew the get a little bit of rice and tofu in one bite....you definitely can't get this in Mammoth!

                                                          1. chris2269 Jan 4, 2013 02:42 PM

                                                            Pho Oceanside. Beef Pho. Very few pho options up here but not bad. Good service, reasonable, could use a little more depth in flavor but 6.5 out of 10.

                                                            Sorry it took so long.....please I was passed out till the 3rd:)

                                                            Just to help out I included Gumbo from TBG Oceanside. If that does not count I am sorry but you should still eat it 9 out of 10.

                                                             
                                                             
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                                                              ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 03:55 PM

                                                              Hooray!

                                                              Congrats. You're the inaugural winner of the first live account of the San Diego DotM thread ...

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                                                                chris2269 Jan 4, 2013 04:35 PM

                                                                Please tell me I get a pony or a tiara...say it's true...both.

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                                                                  ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 04:49 PM

                                                                  You get a tiara studded with diamond ponies!

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                                                              sdnativa Jan 4, 2013 01:53 PM

                                                              Tempura Udon soup at Sushi Mura (new at Liberty Station) was excellent.

                                                              1. ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 01:33 PM

                                                                4 days into the month, and while the thread has certainly generated lots of replies, it has otherwise been an epic fail.

                                                                Other than one live report of soup being sampled that wasn't even *in* January, there are no other actual live, real-time reports, which is what DotM threads are supposed to be about ...

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                                                                  Fake Name Jan 4, 2013 01:37 PM

                                                                  It's 4 days into the month, and you're calling "epic fail"?

                                                                  Sheesh.

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                                                                    ipsedixit Jan 4, 2013 01:44 PM

                                                                    I'm an optimist.

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                                                                    DiningDiva Jan 4, 2013 02:19 PM

                                                                    Then do you best to make it unfail.

                                                                    You've been a great addition to this board Ipsedixit, but you haven't done much to contribute to the thread either. You've been good at pointing out we've "failed" but not so good at sharing your own forays in search of soup.

                                                                    Come on dude (or dudette as the case may be) go eat soup and share...

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                                                                      Beach Chick Jan 5, 2013 06:41 AM

                                                                      Our beloved ' Type A' Ipsy.

                                                                      ;^}

                                                                    2. deckape Jan 4, 2013 11:51 AM

                                                                      Pozole at Pozoleria Dona Maria - it's such a ways but makes it all the more special when we get to visit.

                                                                      The tonkatsu ramen at Yamadaya - ate there last night and, again, am blown away at the porky, silky richness of the broth.

                                                                      Best soup in town? My wife's...

                                                                      1. Rodzilla Jan 3, 2013 11:30 PM

                                                                        I'm bending the rules a bit and including stew.

                                                                        Georges Modern Chanterelle Stew -
                                                                        60 degree egg roasted onion jam, potato foam.

                                                                        I know this isn't a "best of" contest, but this is the best stew I've had and one of the best dishes I've tasted in recent memory. I rarely order soups/stews, but I would get this again and again. The potato foam is more like a thick mouse, the soft boiled egg, and sweet roasted onions. I really can't recommend it enough.

                                                                        Oscar's Mexican Seafood - Fish Stew
                                                                        to quote myself " A mildly spiced vegetable broth filled with spoon sized chunks halibut, marlin, shrimp, scallops, and fish of the day (octopus on my last visit). You’ll be surprised by just how much fish and flavor can fit into a small Styrofoam cup, especially given the $2 price tag"

                                                                         
                                                                         
                                                                        1. ibstatguy Jan 3, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                          I really like the soups that Christian Gomez' kitchen at Wet Stone delivers. I am particularly a fan of his Moqueca

                                                                           
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                                                                            wrldtrvl Jan 3, 2013 01:08 PM

                                                                            That soup looks delicious. What is it? Almost looks like a morel on the right hand side but I suppose it is wilted kale?

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                                                                              notjustastomach Jan 3, 2013 02:16 PM

                                                                              Is the Moqueca back on the menu? I haven't been to Wet Stone for a while. But last time I was there, it was not available.

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                                                                                wrldtrvl Jan 3, 2013 11:38 PM

                                                                                I was so inspired by the photo of the Moqueca that I made it for dinner tonight. Super easy. Covers all the food groups. Fabulous taste (as long as you like coconut milk...)

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                                                                                  ibstatguy Jan 4, 2013 04:19 PM

                                                                                  The Moqueca is, I think, more likely to be on the dinner menu but I lucked out yesterday as some was available at lunch

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                                                                                  Beach Chick Jan 4, 2013 07:19 AM

                                                                                  Thanks for the fab pic!

                                                                                  Inspired me to make it last night and it was delicious..

                                                                                3. Fake Name Jan 3, 2013 07:31 AM

                                                                                  #33 pho at Saigon.

                                                                                  Tonkatsu Ramen with a skewer of chicken at Underbelly.

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                                                                                    cstr Jan 3, 2013 09:39 AM

                                                                                    Know of any places that have oxtail soup?

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                                                                                      ipsedixit Jan 3, 2013 09:57 AM

                                                                                      At least for Chinese oxtail soup, it's one of those dishes that never appear on menus, reserved almost exclusively for home cooking.

                                                                                      Sort of like, oh I don't know ... tuna casserole maybe?

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                                                                                      Tripeler Jan 7, 2013 04:40 PM

                                                                                      You mean TonKOtsu Ramen?

                                                                                    3. Beach Chick Jan 3, 2013 05:14 AM

                                                                                      Mushroom soup..
                                                                                      Any one have some great shrum soup so I'm not driving all around the County..
                                                                                      Nobody has time for that.

                                                                                      Lourdes and La Especial Norte on the 101 has some of the best chicken soup.
                                                                                      Mexi-style.

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                                                                                        koreansoup Jan 3, 2013 02:08 AM

                                                                                        Thanks DD for organizing. Soup is the perfect cold weather first dish of the month pick! (although, I'm from Michigan so cold is all relative...:)

                                                                                        Had the fish soup at Karinas Mexican Seafood Cuisine in Leucadia today. I've walked in with a number of folks sitting in front of big bowls of fish soup.

                                                                                        It was..... ok to not so good. Didn't seem too much more than Pollock broth. Sure.... throw enough cilantro, onion, lime, salsa in broth and you can pass most a soup. However, above and beyond this - not so much...

                                                                                        I am able to get my el pastor taco fix here but so far not much else. I'll probably try the sopa de birria (a la goat) at some point in time to try one last non-pastor selection.

                                                                                        Other recent soups (although not this month) include Pho at Kim's Vietnamese & Chinese Restaurant in encinitas. I was on the search for good pho nearby without having to trek elsewhere. I guess I'd probably go again if was feeling lazy and didn't want to drive. but otherwise no. Any other good Pho in the Del Mar to Carlsbad area?

                                                                                        Other recents include pork bone potato soup at Chon Ju Jip and wonton and bbq pork egg noodle soup at Minh Ky. I would eat these again.

                                                                                        The month is young! Now that I know soup is the dish of the month, I'll try to find some good eats!

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                                                                                          wrldtrvl Jan 1, 2013 11:43 PM

                                                                                          Flame jacket zipped up. I am a great fan of French onion soup. I wish I wasn't so busy (lazy?) as I should make it more at home. In the meantime, i almost always order French onion soup if its on the menu. There have been some significant disappointments at some supposedly high-quality "French" restaurants. Believe or not, my favorite, in San Diego, and i dined there just a couple days ago, is the French onion soup at Mimi's in Mission Valley. Big crouton, lots of melted cheese, lots of onion, tasty stock. Probably a lot of sugar too, compared to some of its competitors although there is no overt sugar taste. I lived in Paris for a couple of years, so that should give me the creds to judge this???

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                                                                                            cstr Jan 2, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                            Sugar???? not!

                                                                                            Today it's chic soup!

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                                                                                              Beach Chick Jan 2, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                              ' I lived in Paris for a couple of years, so that should give me the creds to judge this???'

                                                                                              Éminence grise
                                                                                              ; )

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                                                                                                wrldtrvl Jan 2, 2013 11:11 PM

                                                                                                Bien sur.

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                                                                                                  Beach Chick Jan 3, 2013 04:36 AM

                                                                                                  ; )

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                                                                                                koreansoup Jan 3, 2013 02:10 AM

                                                                                                good good! Thanks for sharing

                                                                                              3. chris2269 Jan 1, 2013 08:53 PM

                                                                                                Man I'm in North County soup is gonna be hard....I shall try. Menudo and Pho count right? I know how that comes across but I am really just trying to classify soup. Because I actually have go to places for both the later. I know it's not about the best but still.

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                                                                                                  DiningDiva Jan 1, 2013 11:46 PM

                                                                                                  Soup is soup, pho, menudo, pozole...they all count.

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                                                                                                    chris2269 Jan 2, 2013 07:29 AM

                                                                                                    Sweet:) Gonna get my soup on.

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                                                                                                      ipsedixit Jan 2, 2013 09:42 AM

                                                                                                      Does chili count?

                                                                                                      I don't want to get into a debate whether chili is or is not "soup" (or stew or whatever), just wanna know if it counts.

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                                                                                                        DiningDiva Jan 2, 2013 09:54 AM

                                                                                                        I don't recall that chili came up in the initial discussion as a soup, we probably can't count it as a soup for the purposes of this thread.

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                                                                                                      koreansoup Jan 3, 2013 01:45 AM

                                                                                                      Menudo, Pho, Chili, whatever... get your soup on!

                                                                                                    3. DiningDiva Jan 1, 2013 07:47 PM

                                                                                                      Had lunch at DBar over the weekend and ordered the soup and sandwich.

                                                                                                      Soup was Tomato Basil. Nice flavor, a little texture, bits of basil. Soup, however, was not hot enough. Sandwich was a grilled cheese panino and it was oozy good with 3 cheeses.

                                                                                                      Sandwich was a bit hard to dip in the soup and the soup a bit too thick for dipping, but it was a nice combo on a cold day. Soup still needed to be hotter.

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                                                                                                      1. re: DiningDiva
                                                                                                        ipsedixit Jan 1, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                                        Sorry, but "over the weekend" is not January 2013.

                                                                                                        1. re: ipsedixit
                                                                                                          DiningDiva Jan 1, 2013 11:46 PM

                                                                                                          You're right, it's not.

                                                                                                          You're the one who put up the other soup thread, you should have a pretty good list of places to try, so let's see what's in your bowl ;-)

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