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Nov 1, 2013 02:10 AM

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

SOUP - LA Dish of the Month (November 2013)

The dish of the month for Los Angeles for November is Soup.

Here's a link to the voting thread:

The goal is to collectively try as many different varieties, iterations, types, kinds and sorts of soup in Los Angeles. And, it goes without saying, that telling us of fabulous places to find soup that you've been to in the past is great, and recounting vivid memories of some slurpy bowl of goodness is also fun, but what we want are real-live, current progress reports of what and where you are finding and eating soup.

So let's start exploring and eating—report back with reviews and photos.

Happy slurping, sipping, sucking, sipping, inhaling, swilling, imbibing, quaffing, drinking, ingesting, or just consuming soup.


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  1. Now I know what I'm having for lunch - the Ranchero Consume at Monte Alban! It's the most delicious combination of my grandmother's chicken soup by way of Oaxaca - jalapeno, chunks of breast meat, rice, avocado, onions, tomato, cilantro, and ranchero cheese.

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    1. re: yogachik

      Mexican Consume is one of Mexico's Cuisines Biggest secrets. It's not uncommon for a fine Mexican meal to start with a bit of soup made from the roasting and left over veggies and peelings from the prep of the meal. It sets you up for the deliciousness to come!

      Thanks for the reminder of this wonderful soup at Monte Alban.... will have to give it a go again. I also might hit my favorite barbacoa consume place as well...


      1. re: yogachik

        Sorry, no pictures - gobbled it up quickly, and it was as wonderful as always. The soup came with extra chile, so it was spicy and fantastic.

        1. re: yogachik

          I haven't been to Monte Alban in years. It's great to know its still alive and well.

      2. Porthos, I told you I'd buy you the first bowl if soup won. Where are we going?

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        1. re: OCSteve

          No need Steve! Was totally joking. Just post some awesome spots for soup. That's reward enough.

        2. Just had chicken soup with homemade kreplach from greenblatts. Best I've had. Lots of celery and carrots and chicken. My new go to deli. Flu is gone.

          1. I cannot even think of a more boring topic..... What's for next month, Poi?

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            1. re: Dirtywextraolives

              I think there are far more variations and preparations of soup than short ribs.

              1. re: Porthos

                Exactly! There are amazing soups throughout great cuisines... I look forward to:

                Hearing about and maybe discovering great new Chinese Beef Noodle Soups. Getting updates on my favorite Pho places. Some of you maybe trying your first hand at Cocido. Getting the first report of finding the Chicken foot in the bowl (My last one was at Cerro Verde Salvadoran restaurant). Debates on the best creamy mushroom soup...

                As for me, I'm taking my Mom to Brents Deli today. (We'll split a Pastrami and Matzoh ball soup).


                1. re: Dommy

                  Wow, I never had Pastrami and Matzoh ball soup! Might be a little salty.

                    1. re: Porthos

                      Galbitang for the best of both worlds, and a potential continuation of last month's Dish/Neighborhood of the Month!

                      1. re: Porthos

                        I agree - just think it's a boring topic. I never order soup when I go out, too many others things I'd rather eat or try.

                        1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                          How about chowder sampler at Connie and Ted's or Providence's version of chowda'.

                          Don't forget matsutake dobinmushi. Tis the season!

                          1. re: Porthos

                            Hmm, I recognize that pot and place mat...

                            1. re: Porthos

                              You've got me there, Porthos, I would order the RI chowder next time I go, and will report it here if I go this month, but not making any promises ;)

                              I realize soup is a broad category and has many iterations and flavors. It's just that I make soup a lot at home, and as I stated before, it's just not something I usually order when I go out, I'm more about appetizers or salads. There just aren't a whole lot of soups out there that excite me. Anyway, enjoy the hunt for some delicious soup!

                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                We make soup a lot at home too (it goes so well with our other favorite food group, crusty artisan breads... ;)), but when we order soup, it's usually something we know takes a lot of effort or something we would not make at home. Simple brothy soups... nope. Chinois'ed velvety foraged mushroom soup... just bring me two bread baskets...


                                1. re: Dommy

                                  Yes, totally agree about brothy soups, just not very exciting. And it hardly gets cold enough for me to crave it, you know? And I'm not a fan of cold soups, or gazpacho.... And to top it all off, I can't do dairy so creamy soups, though I'm positive are wonderful and delicious, will do a number on me, so I have to avoid them. It's just not my thing, though at times I wish it were!

                                  1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                    Gazpacho is only good when it's what its meant to be... seafood cocktail... LOL!!

                                    There are some non dairy VERY creamy soups out there. It's amazing what you can do with a chinois... Another favorite soup place that often has vegan creamy soups is Tender Greens...


                                    1. re: Dommy

                                      Oh I know, whenever we go out (getting rarer & rarer these days!) and they mention soups in their special I always inquire if the creamy ones have dairy in them. A lot or them don't, which is great for me. I've had some wonderfully rich & creamy soups with no dairy.... I also make a mean leek & potato soup and no dairy is necessary, you can hardly notice.

                              2. re: Porthos

                                That matsutake dobinmushi - it's so hot right now.

                          2. re: Dirtywextraolives


                            I think perhaps you've missed, just slightly, what we're all trying to do here (you included).

                            Let's do a thought-experiment and let it play out, and perhaps we can flush out that insouciance that seems to have overcome you this morning.

                            Here goes.

                            I think toast is kind of boring.

                            But I could easily eat toast for 30 straight days, if not more, if the toast is really good.

                            So, it's not really whether a food, or menu item, is interesting or boring; rather, it's about finding a good iteration -- or maybe a superlative incarnation -- of that food or menu item.

                            That's what Dish of the Month is about. And, really, it's the quiddity of this entire forum, and not just this particular monthly thread, right?

                            Let's take the opposite extreme. What if the Dish of the Month was not soup, but instead something "interesting" like Monkey Nipples. Sure, Monkey Nipples sashimi might be the most fucking interesting thing in LA right now, but what if it just tastes like shit, or just like really raw nipples?

                            That's no good, right?

                            In other words, wouldn't you rather have a bowl of pedestrian soup that tastes like nectar nurtured from Julia Child's own hands rather than a spoonful of raw, gummy monkey nipples?

                            I know my answer, do you?

                            1. re: ipsedixit

                              Gummy monkey nipples? Regurgitated pizza? You're really making me hungry today, ipse... NOT! :-)

                              1. re: PeterCC

                                I have to go on a fucking diet anyhow.

                                1. re: ipsedixit

                                  RE: Raw nipples. I surmise that how much one would enjoy it absolutely hinges on whose nipple it belongs to.

                                  (let's see how the mods handle this one)...

                                  Maybe this is fodder for a different thread, but has anyone on this board tried nyotaimori (and is willing to admit it)?

                                  Yes, kevin, here is the Wikipedia link, to save you some question marks:

                                  1. re: J.L.

                                    Shit JL. That reminds me what was the name of the body sushi joint on Sunset. I'm pretty sure it survived into the mid 00s but eventually closed up shop.

                                    1. re: J.L.

                                      Nice try.

                                      Save me some question marks ????

                                      I seriously cracked up at that.

                                      1. re: J.L.

                                        This is the joint I was thinking about I think, unless there were or are others in LA too:

                                      2. re: ipsedixit

                                        The old Hotel Bel Air (pre-Wolfgang Puck) had THE best lobster bisque in this town.

                                        1. re: ipsedixit

                                          Fresh durian means having just fallen off the tree, not falling off the tree, being shipped frozen over the Pacific in a freight container, and landing up at 99 Ranch Market.

                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                            NYou should try the Monkey Nipples at the Stinking Rose. They are absolutely inspired and cooked in a delicate chifinade of herbs with a silky smooth buttery sauce that makes the areolas shimmer.

                                            1. re: bringiton

                                              Its unctuous umami is accentuated to another level by pairing it with the '47 Cheval Blanc...

                                              1. re: J.L.

                                                i prefer the '61 but why quibble ???????????

                                            1. re: LA Buckeye Fan

                                              Better than monkey nipples - I think. :)

                                              1. re: Dirtywextraolives

                                                I could totally see Taro being a DOTM.

                                                1. re: JAB

                                                  LOL, okay, so you go ahead and nominate that next month.....

                                              2. There are times when all I want is just a good bowl of soup. I am looking forward to reading suggestions.
                                                A couple of days ago I stopped at Kate Mantilini as I was in the neighborhood and really felt like having a bowl of their split pea soup, which I love. I got a Tortilla soup to go, as that is a favorite of my husband.

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                                                1. re: maudies5

                                                  I'd like to hear about some decent Lobster Bisque. I'm really craving that shit rights abouts now. So it may be a good month after all.