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Jan 24, 2014 05:20 AM


I looked back over older posts and can't find many good suggestions other than Pho and the New England Soup Factory. I've been going to the NESF for years, but am bored with the soups they've had Iately.
Any new suggestions in the area within 8 miles from downtown although the closer to downtown the better. Thanks.

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  1. Have you tried the Meat Ball Sichuan Style at sichuan Gourmet it's 2-3 big pork meat balls in a great broth, mushrooms and bamboo shoots, at least at the Billerica location or if you like it hot the boiled beef (not sure what name is on the menu), or GinGu Fish Filet (Very Spicy). Many places in Chinatown have seafood soups for 2 (peach farm, new golden gate, etc) or Gene's Chinese flatbread boston/chelmsford for their lamb stew.

    1. Shangri-La in Belmont has 4 or 5 really excellent noodle pork meat soupy things each of which is a meal. As is their Egg Drop.

      Simply Khmer's sour Cambodian soup is amazing as is Mittapheap's (though it's been ages since I've been to Mittapheap.)

      I think Opiononated chef finally found a good Pozole somewhere as well???

      Also LOVE the black eyed pea soup at Demo's in Watertown. Ask for some bread to go with it and it's a wonderful healthy meal on it's own.

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      1. re: StriperGuy

        That good Pozole is the red version that i prefer over the clear,
        and I was impressed with its flavor at el Cielito Lindo in Beverly.We only get it take out because I do not care for the rest of their dishes. The owner (former Tango, Arlington, staff)has just opened la Victoria Taqueria in Arlington Center; maybe he'll do his pozole there....

        1. re: opinionatedchef

          This is great news. I haven't had a passable pozole in years. I think I'll call that taqueria and ask them.

          1. re: sekelmaan

            Report back please! I make an awesome red pozole but it would be great to know there was someplace to get it when I don't have any made.

      2. The noodle soup at Gene's is quite awesome.

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        1. re: Alcachofa

          Where is Genes? Ohhh....Gene's Flatbread.

            1. re: catsmeow

              which is now in Woburn.(clarifying for others)

              1. re: opinionatedchef

                Also located just outside of chinatown closes early 6:30 and closed sunday's, unlike the woburn location that is a better spot of dinner


            2. re: Alcachofa

              visited Gene's on Sunday late afternoon. had the #9, it was delicious as always, satsifying, fully flavored and enough heat to clear the sinuses in a good way!

              1. re: momoftwo

                The #9 is Cumin lamb with handpulled noodles and it's not a soup.


            3. I like the beef tendon fire pot at Montien.

              1. Cutty's has had a really great black bean soup special a few times in the last few weeks.

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                1. re: quirkydeb

                  I like Cuddy's a lot. I'll keep an eye out for it.