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Jan 7, 2014 04:15 PM

Outstanding Soup

I was just looking through an old thread on soup in the Twin Cities and since the thread was three years old, I thought I'd start another.

On a whim I stopped by La Cucaraca in St. Paul and tried their house chicken soup along with a couple of tacos. The soup hit the spot on this very cold evening and I wondered why I didn't eat soup in restaurants more often.

Where can I find more bone broth soups (not those made with packaged broths)? I do like pho, so I know about those.

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  1. I don't know about the broth specifically, but I've always loved every soup I've had at W.A. Frost.

    I also really like the house chicken soup at La Cucaracha - it's so simple and delicious.

    1. The soups at Lucia's To Go in uptown are excellent.

      I think the best soups in the TC's are at Restaurant Vincent. They tend to be more along the lines of vegetable velot├ęs, and less meat based. But they are exquisite.

      The house soup at Barbary Fig is made from scratch with a lamb stock. It is very yummy.

      1. The Hacienda in the Sibley plaza on West 7th and Davern has delicious soup - both the beef and chicken are made with actual beef bones/chicken, with great vegetables and a delicious broth . . . far and away my favorite.

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        1. re: bohemianclub

          Yo, Bohem. Yelp reports Hacienda as closed. Is this right?

          1. re: ChancesR

            I found a Facebook post from September saying they are closed.

            1. re: ChillyDog

              I drove by yesterday afternoon and can confirm that La Hacienda is indeed out of business.

        2. The chicken soup at Homi is excellent, and appears to be made fro their own stock.

          1. Try Chimborazo or El Sabor on Central in NE.

            According to a friend who claimed she knows people from Ecuador, Ecuadoran's love soup.

            Also try On's Thai or some of the thai-oriented hawkers at the Hmong hawker centers (Como & Rice? and 1001 Johnson Parkway).

            Korean's have a way with bowls of broth and stuff as well. Try the Tofu House on Oak Street for an interesting take on ingesting what appears to be hot lava.

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            1. re: JimGrinsfelder

              I just had a wonderful bowl of Hue Soup at IPho. It consisted of a lovely spicy beef broth with chunks of stew meat (I'm not good at figuring out what type it was, but it had a nice fattiness, and connective tissue). The soup included nice, plump, round rice noodles, about the width of a soda straw. Fantastic and warmed my soul with memories of Hue.