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Aug 21, 2013 02:58 PM

Where are the BEST soups in DFW??

I love soup but I know of very few places to actually get the really good stuff. Please exclude Pho from your listings because even though I really like it, I am currently looking for more intense flavors. I have heard references to TJs Seafood market for chowder but I have not experienced it for myself.
I don't think I have ever had a soup I didn't enjoy, but keep in mind I live an hour south of Dallas so if you send me to a restaurant with just okay soup I am not going to be a happy foodie : )

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  1. More info por favor. There are a million soups for different occasions. I'd feel weird recommending menudo from a taqueria, chowder from TJs, and sul lung tang in the same post. Are you looking for a noodle soup as a meal or a soup as a starter? Creamy or a lighter broth? Spicy? Asian? This is just too broad, it's like asking for the best noodle dish in town or the best Asian food. Maybe it would be best to have multiple specific posts?

    All that said, I know you mentioned bold flavors so I will give one recommendation off the bat. Get the consomme at Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo. It is unbelievable. And, it's on the south side of town off 175 so closer for you.

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    1. re: demigodh

      A big second for the amazing consomme at Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo. Be sure to also try their excellent lamb tacos. Open Sat. & Sun. only and, they're closer to you as they are on the south side of Dallas.

      I also like the soups served at Celebration (A true gem of a restaurant open 42 years) on Lover's Lane. Especially the Wednesday special, Italian Sausage & Greenbean soup.
      Celebration serves the best "home style" cooking in Dallas using locally sourced food.

      1. re: twinwillow

        I can't speak to the Wednesday soup, but I can give a hearty second to the general recommendation of Celebration. I've been eating there since the late 1970's. And I think they're better these days than they've ever been!

        As to soups, I'm very fond of the Tom Kha Gai, a spicy coconut milk soup at Bangkok City Thia in near East Dallas. I think the Gai specifies it's got chicken, but they will ask if you prefer shrimp. I like both, but the shrimp is a bit better IMHO.

        1. re: Mike C. Miller

          Mike, I also love the Tom Kha soup served at Thai restaurants.
          My favorite is the one served at Si Lom on Oak Lawn. Amazing flavor that's redolent of lemongrass and Thai herbs. Theirs is the only one I've found where the chicken is actually still tender after cooking. However, like yourself, prefer my Tom Kha with shrimp.

          1. re: twinwillow

            I'll have to admit, that the one drawback of the Tom Kha at Bangkok is that the chicken is too chewy when the soup comes. But it is a very full bodied soup, full of lemongrass and cilantro (and a bit of thai basil) as you describe.

            I'm going to have to try Si Lom soon. Haven't been and it's not that far from my Dallas place. How are their curries, particularly the duck curry?

            1. re: Mike C. Miller

              I haven't tried the duck curry but I'd like to try it on a future visit. We're usually at Si Lom for lunch and not being a big eater anymore, I will most likely have a large bowl of Tom Kha with shrimp and an appetizer.

              I'd be most eager to have your personal opinion of Si Lom after you've been there. I've read your previous posts and I know you really enjoy a good meal.

              1. re: twinwillow

                My son and I had a late (3:00) lunch at Si Lom today. We were the only people in the restaurant at the time.

                Aside from the Tom Kha soup and fried corn patties, we also shared an order of the oven roasted garlic basil duck breast and it was fabulous! Loaded with peppers, Thai veggies and plenty of fried basil all sitting in a most delicious sauce.

                After our appetizers, we were served a small complimentary dish of orange sorbet as a palate cleanser. Soooo good!

                After one spoonful, I decided to save mine for dessert.

                We'll try the duck curry next time.

                1. re: twinwillow

                  that all sounds delicious.. I think I will put that on my list

              2. re: Mike C. Miller

                I was asking for lots of flavor so it sounds great.. thai people might even enjoy the chewy chicken in the soup although i'm not thai. lol
                I think I may go this week to get that soup

        2. re: demigodh

          I see what you mean although my interests are so varied that I would be content with whatever you deemed worthy of mentioning despite the vastness of the category.
          I would love you to recommend menudo, chowder and sul lung tang whatever the hell that is... I like creamy AND light.. I appreciate the dynamics of both and I have no problem eating chowder in the dead heat of summer. lol. If you think they are amazing soups then it doesn't matter what type really.. I haven't had as good of luck with my asian soups because they are usually sublte flavors.. What i've had so far anyway. The only asian soup flavors that were intense that I have experienced were the thai coconut curry which explains my interest in that particular flavor combination.
          Ok I will go to Barbacoa Estilo Hidalgo then next.

          1. re: neilmcginnis

            I guess I just eat a lot of soup so i need more specific direction. I had Bun Bo Hue at Pho Tay Do (that was fun to type) today for lunch. I had Wonton Soup from Lucky City Chinese BBQ yesterday. I had sweet corn soup with blue crab at Boulevardier on Sunday. This is a typical week, there are a TON of soup options.

            1. re: demigodh

              You are very anal when it comes to food.. I mean that in the best possible way. A perfectionist. That sweet corn soup with blue crab sounds great.. is that only for lunch? I have never had a wonton soup that I thought was very good but i'm open to it. What the hell is bun bo hue? Sounds like you are living the life of food luxury and i'm stuck here in a food desert. lol. I am jealous

              1. re: demigodh

                hhmm.. I do see why you want me to be more specific and i wish i could.
                Which one of these soups would you drive an hour for? Maybe that will narrow it down? I would be going to a different place every day if I could and then I wouldn't be so picky about where I go and what I try. I'm not sure how to narrow it down other than intensity of flavor or how unusual the ingredients are, such as menudo, because I like all types of cuisine. We do have a few good mexican restaurants down here so that is the only food i usually don't go for when in dallas but if you vouch for it then I am going to check it out, like the consomme.

                1. re: neilmcginnis

                  Ha! I am anal in the sense that I want the best version of whatever it is I'm eating. From what I gather, the consomme is right up your alley (if you like an intense lamb flavor) and is worth the drive. You'll be very satisfied.

                  The sweet corn soup was a brunch item. I wasn't crazy about it but it had a very generous serving of crab.

                  1. re: demigodh

                    You already have me sold on that one. I have made plans to get the consomme by 12 on Saturday and take it home with me for the weekend. I am excited even though you are scaring me with intense lamb flavor. lol. I have had good lamb and bad lamb but i'm sure this will be good and I can't wait.
                    I still welcome more suggestions.. Most of the time I am in Dallas early, between lunch time and dinner.

                    1. re: neilmcginnis

                      Aside from Richardson's, First Chinese BBQ's famous killer, shrimp won-ton soup, they do a fabulous chicken corn chowder. We love it! If you go, be sure and ask for chopped cilantro added to the soup.


                      I forgot to mention, they're CASH ONLY!

                      1. re: twinwillow

                        I have had the shrimp wonton soup from every First Chinese BBQ in the metroplex less the one in Arlington and it has just been okay. I keep trying it to see what it is about the soup that I am missing. I still have yet to find why it is popular. I get the whole fresh wonton thing but really the soup hasn't been built up with tons of shrimp stock to develop flavor.

                        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                          @LH go to lucky city. way better wonton soup. Also, haven't been yet but the same friend who pointed me towards lucky city just told me about a new place that he's liking more. I think it's called Sin Lok Kee

                          @neil brush up on your spanish, they don't speak much english there.

            2. re: demigodh

              I have never had a soup I thought was too spicy so by all means recommend spicy.
              Where is this menudo and chowder you were referring to? lol.
              I have not yet had menudo but I know what it is but I wanted to have a good first experience with it at a quality restaurant.

              1. re: demigodh

                Feel free to include Stews as well as soups. since I was not making a distinction.

              2. I have had the tortilla soup at the Blue Goose Cantina in Addison about 50 times. It's a good meal.

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                1. re: Veggo

                  I do love tortilla soup but I have had MANY different versions and most are just okay. Is this one worth me putting it on my list?

                  1. re: neilmcginnis

                    I think so. Lots of chicken, tasty stock, the tortilla strips, avocado slices, and sour cream come on the side and you add them to your taste. I skip the sour cream. It's a meal.

                      1. re: neilmcginnis

                        P.S. The Blue Goose has several locations. I have only been to the Addison one, the Highland Park one may be more convenient for you.

                2. OT but the pho I make is intensely flavored. Maybe you should look around and see it you can find some like that.

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                  1. re: c oliver

                    Pho you make yourself? Well that doesn't help me unless you are a chef for hire. lol.
                    Please tell me where I can buy this pho and I will check it out. The only pho I have had was at Pho Bang and i loved it but not intense enough flavors for me. I was directed to Pho Bang as one of the better Pho places although I suspect you may have something to say that's contradictory.

                    1. re: neilmcginnis

                      The DFW area has some significant Asian communities, notably Chinese and Indian, but fewer Vietnamese in my experiences.

                      1. re: neilmcginnis

                        I don't think you could afford me :) Here's an article that might give you some ideas:


                        By intensely flavored, I mean there's lot going on flavor-wise, not something spicy.

                        1. re: c oliver

                          Well if you are ever interested in doing some "pro bono" work then let me know. lol.
                          Intensely flavored is good, doesn't have to make me sweat.

                    2. FYI.
                      I don't mind for my soups to make me sweat.. in fact I usually prefer that they do although it's not a mandatory requirement.
                      One reason I love soups so much is because I can order them to take home and they can be just as good or better the next day, generally speaking. And in this way I can eat good at home despite living in the middle of nowhere. The next goal is that I teach myself to cook these soups but sometimes it requires so much effort it is worth purchasing from people who do it professionally.

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                      1. re: neilmcginnis

                        Although with a few exceptions like Bamabu, I am not a huge fan of Thai food. However, I find the
                        Tom Kha lemongrass coconut soup served at Si Lom on Oak Lawn in Dallas to be extraordinary.

                        Very deeply flavored with lemongrass and made spicy hot to your specification. A large bowl with shrimp with a side of corn patties and I'm a very happy camper.

                        1. re: twinwillow

                          That sounds delicious... It's on my list



                        Here are two previous threads I either started or commented on. Also I can't tell you if it is just an okay soup or not that is a personal judgment. What I like demigodh might not like.

                        I had an awesome soup recently at a Laotian restaurant in FW that was so simple, Chicken stock, daikon radish and green onion tops....that is it but I liked the simplicity and depth of the flavor that was there.

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                        1. re: LewisvilleHounder

                          That sounds very tasty but I would prefer to be wowed with the flavor, i'm not sure i have yet evolved my palette enough to fully appreciate simplicity in my dishes. Right now i'm still looking for a slap in the face but i'm young so I suspect I will keep changing and will learn to appreciate simple ingredients more so. Right now i'm fascinated with experiencing foods I am unfamiliar with but eventually i will be familiar with all foods and then I must learn to appreciate the simplest of fresh ingredients but until then I might prefer complex over simple.