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amysuehere Jan 3, 2013 06:04 AM

I work outside and I've been on a real soup kick now that the weather's turned.

Right now, my favorites are the chicken tortilla soup at Chuy's, the cheese soup (with a half tuna on sourdough) at Upper Crust, and the pho (meatless with a side of grilled pork) at Phonatic on Anderson.

Any other suggestions?

  1. popvulture Oct 19, 2013 09:28 AM

    For a quick/easy meal lately, I've been kind of addicted to the Caribbean crab soup from Whole Foods, which seems to basically be their version of Callaloo. I'm not sure what they use for the greens... either spinach or kale. Thickened with okra, has a little bit of coconut milk and bacon in it, a good bit of spice. In a pinch, it's great!

    1. slowcoooked Oct 19, 2013 04:50 AM

      I've been picking up the chicken soup from Julio's mexican cafe on 43rd / Duval on the way home to the hood about once a week for a long time. 5 dollars a tub (fine meal size). I don't know what this place (annoyingly, cash only BTW) does to make their chicken breast meat in every dish so moist and tender, but they nail it. The chicken taco is so fresh, big, simple, and awesome. But anyway, the soup is not tortilla, and it's basically onions, carrots, a couple kinds of squash, and great chicken in a wonderful broth. This is a cure all if there was ever one in Austin. so good. And a fine 11 dollar dinner for two.

      1. slowcoooked Feb 2, 2013 07:29 AM

        Oh I completely forgot to add, the cabbage soup at Ruby's is a must on any soup list. Chicken broth based, no tomato, rich, and In between a soup and a stew, It's just perfect on a chilly day.

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          jwynne2000 Feb 2, 2013 02:52 AM

          We made an impromptu stop at Spin Modern Thai last night and were thrilled with the new soup they have on the Tasting Plate side of the menu. I can't remember the exact name, but it's basically a rich tom yum with really nice chunks of fish, enoki mushrooms, yellow heirloom tomato, zesty herbs, and a generous kick of heat.

          I'm telling you... if you haven't been to Spin in awhile and you're craving soup, this is a 525 ft. home run. My wife and I agreed that after that, we're probably ruined on tom yum soup from the run-of-the-mill Thai places.

          The chef and waitress both told us that it's a new item (so it's not on their online menu yet) and likely seasonal for the winter.

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            sighmesigh Jan 9, 2013 08:26 AM

            I like the shrimp wonton soup at HoHo.

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              Rptrane Jan 9, 2013 05:15 AM

              Mansion on Judge's hill. The smoked poblano soup with gouda. Awesome. Braise also had a killer soup, squash or pumpkin if I recall.

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                sqwertz Jan 8, 2013 03:42 PM

                Kimchi Soup with Shrimp (add more shrimp from the buffet) from Buffet Palace. It's expensive it's that's all you want, though. Ask to work out a deal with the hostess beforehand.

                (I think they may call it "Spicy Seafood Stew")


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                  debegone Jan 8, 2013 07:55 AM

                  I had a wonderful soup at Chen Z's. I had the spicy bbq pork ramen. It was medium spicy and the broth was light and fragrant with anise and came with pork, snow peas, and oyster mushrooms. Perfect for a cold winter day.

                  1. ericthered Jan 8, 2013 07:37 AM

                    Days like this make me miss Pea Soup Anderson's in Ojai for a nice hot bowl of split pea soup.

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                      PappyAustin Jan 8, 2013 10:16 AM

                      Anyone know where to get a hearty bowl of split pea soup? The kind you almost need a fork to eat with a little ham in it?

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                      singlemalt Jan 8, 2013 07:12 AM

                      Bartlett's has a daily soup and (how gauche) Olive Garden has several, all you can eat with salad.That' about the only thing I will eat there.

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                        foodiegal71 Jan 7, 2013 10:58 AM

                        Right now, I'm obsessed with the Chicken Tortilla Ramen at East Side King at Hole in the Wall. It's like taking the best chicken tortilla and mashing it together with the best Tom Kha and then adding ramen noodles. It's a flavor explosion, it will cure what ails ya' and it's currently my favorite soup in town.

                        Runner up is whatever is being made and sold at Giovanni's pizza stand in the Valero at Lamar and Barton Skyway. That guy is doing amazing things with soup. I've yet to have one that wasn't fantastic.

                        1. Alan Sudo Jan 4, 2013 09:45 AM

                          In the general "North Austin" area, I used to really enjoy the soups at San Francisco Bakery (behind the Alamo Draft House near Cover 3). Many of their soups can be served '80s style in a sourdough bread bowl. While I haven't been in a long time, hopefully it's still as good in reality as in my memories.

                          Other than that, don't forget about Chinatown Center - both 1st Chinese BBQ and Lily's Sandwiches have great soups.

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                            amysuehere Jan 4, 2013 01:41 PM

                            I actually went to 1st CB yesterday (was looking for Pho Danh and couldn't find it) and had the roast duck soup. I would rate that a 9.5 on consuming difficulty and I found the noodles odd (almost "crunchy" tough). However, the broth was comforting.

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                              topodrinko Feb 4, 2013 11:40 AM

                              Pho Danh is now Pho Dan. Located in the north facing shopping center on Braker, not in the Chinatown center. If you're going north on Lamar, take a left on Braker and it'll be on your immediate left.

                              I got the Bun Soung there yesterday morning. Great noodle soup. Make sure they put fried shallots and roasted peanuts in it and fill it up with lots of fresh herbs!

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                                amysuehere Feb 4, 2013 11:52 AM

                                Thanks, Topodrinko. Next time a get a craving, I'm there.

                          2. slowcoooked Jan 4, 2013 05:55 AM

                            +1 for posole rojo, but Los Pinos' version. Their caldo pollo is excellent as well. I haven't had the Chuy's tortilla soup, but I assume the one I had at Hula Hut is the same, with roasted corn and poblanos and a nice helping of cheese and avocado. very good.

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                              redhatcharm Jan 3, 2013 07:36 PM

                              Amy, do you know about The Soup Peddlar? Depending on where you are, they deliver.


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                                amysuehere Jan 4, 2013 05:28 AM

                                Yeah. I was ordering pretty frequently, but got burned out. I think they potato leek and the seafood soups are the best.

                              2. ret3 Jan 3, 2013 09:30 AM

                                The posole rojo at Taco More is good enough that my generally unusual-meat-squeamish wife happily gnawed on the pig's foot that came in her bowl last time.

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                                  jwynne2000 Jan 8, 2013 05:01 PM

                                  That posole at Taco More is incredible... i got no pig foot in mine though! What did i do wrong?

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                                  raisncains Jan 3, 2013 08:53 AM

                                  You may not want to drive this far, but Urban Picnic in Round Rock makes terrific soups from scratch every day. My personal favorite is the Baked Potato Soup! They also have wonderful sandwiches to go with their soup.

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                                    WSZsr Jan 4, 2013 04:50 PM

                                    Amen to Urban Picnic!

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                                    PappyAustin Jan 3, 2013 06:13 AM

                                    Just had the lamb noodle soup at Chen's Noodle House yesterday. Piping hot and very tasty.

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                                      TroyTempest Jan 8, 2013 11:06 AM

                                      The beef noodle at Chen's is my favorite cold weather soup, though i think it lost something when ChenZ opened.

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                                        amysuehere Jan 8, 2013 02:55 PM

                                        Yeah, agreed. I really wasn't impressed at all with everything I tried at ChenZ.

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                                          TroyTempest Jan 8, 2013 03:35 PM

                                          Sadly, me too, though we did the hot pot one night and it was kind of fun.
                                          But, i mean when ChenZ opened, the original went downhill a bit, because, i guess Chen wasn't around as much/

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