Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > Philadelphia >
Feb 16, 2014 09:55 AM

Homemade Soup

With all of the cold weather this winter, I’ve been craving a really good bowl of soup. Where can I find the best homemade soup in the Philadelphia area? I’m willing to try anything!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. If its home made its not in a restaurant right? ;-)

    Personally am partial to the clam chowders (NE and Manhattan), and snapper soup at Oyster House. Half a dozen oysters and a bowl of soup make a very satisfying lunch.

    1 Reply
    1. re: cwdonald

      Yes indeed, quite good soups in a fun environment with a good range of seafood treats if the mood strikes you and with good drinks to boot.

    2. Pho from any of the places on Washington ave is always good. Chinatown has a lot of good noodle soups.

      Good ramen at nom nom and hiro.

      I don't know how "homemade" they are as they are a small chair from New York, but I like the soups from Devon and Blakely on 18th st, they always have like a dozen varieties too.

      Famous 4th st always does a satisfying chicken noodle or matzo ball. Their split pea is good too. After getting served lukewarm soup a couple times I always ask them to make sure it's very hot.

      Cwdonald, have you tried the chowder at lukes lobster?

      4 Replies
      1. re: barryg

        Barry I haven't. I have only been to Luke's a couple of times. I am often leary of cream soups as they tend to degrade the longer they sit But I should try them. According to their website, they are made by Hurricane's soup in Maine, so I do not know if they are concentrated and then milk/cream is added or what. But worth the try.

        Thanks for the tip on Devon and Blakely.. I have been meaning to try them, though I find the organization or lack thereof in the store to be off putting. Its chaos at lunch time. If I want a quick soup, I tend to suffer with Au Bon Pain in the lobby of my building, and they usually have 1 passable vegetarian/vegan version.

        In chinatown, I am a big fan of the roasted duck wonton soup at Sang Kee.

        1. re: cwdonald

          D&B looks chaotic but in practice I've found that things go pretty smoothly and soup especially is fast.

          I like the soups at Sang Kee a lot as well. Ting Wong does the same style and is also very good though I havent tried the wontons. I really like the soy sauce chicken there.

          One more unexpected soup suggestion, Passero's coffee kiosk in Suburban Station. Their soup is really good and they also offer a 20oz size that most places dont, which is great if you want to make a lunch of it. I'm sure they dont make it themselves but it's good.

          1. re: barryg

            Funny, while l am not a fan of Sang Kee's peking duck, their wonton duck noodle soup compared to Ting Wong's three days later came up with a much richer and more flavorful broth and better wonton. The duck was equal at both.
            Regarding Famous, it is my go to for sweet/sour cabbage meat soup when l am too lazy to make my own. Make sure you request it hot, as if not never is hot enough for me.
            Just noticed BarryG you have same problem there.

            1. re: Delucacheesemonger

              Lukewarm soup is an epidemic. Famous is especially bad because the bowls are huge and very wide so they take longer to eat but also cool down faster.

      2. Anne of Anne's Kitchen Table in Glenside makes delicious soups.

        1. Check out the soups from Good Spoon at the Fair Food Farmstand in the RTM. They are small batch and come frozen!

          1. You didn't define what you consider the "Philadelphia area," but in the Western 'burbs, Talula's Table makes a wonderful mushroom soup.

            3 Replies
            1. re: CindyJ

              CindyJ you are so right about Talulah's Their mushroom soup is divine.

              I also like it at the Whip Tavern also...

              1. re: cwdonald

                Love the Whip for some reason I have never had the soup. Which soup is it you particularly enjoy?

                1. re: Bacchus101

                  Was just there tonight. I love their mushroom bisque but sadly they were out of it.