America's best soups

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2005/01/19 16:59:41 (permalink)

America's best soups

I came across this today and thought it would make a good topic as we are in the middle of "soup season'.

http://www.epicurious.com/restaurants/best_eats/

Alas, I have only had one out of these ten soups. It was the peanut soup from Southern Kitchen in Virginia. How many , on this list, have you had?

I am going to make up my list of the 10 top soups that I have ever had in a restaurant but it will take a little reflection.
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/19 17:36:48 (permalink)
    Let's see, I think this is an easy one!

    1- Seafood Chowder- Gilbert's Chowder House- Portland ME

    2- Clam Chowder- The No Name Restaurant- Boston MA

    3- Matzoh Ball Soup- 2nd Avenue Deli/Carnegie Deli (tie)

    4- Crab Soup- Bo Brooks Crab House- Baltimore MD

    5- Peanut Soup- Southern Kitchen- New Market VA

    6- Stuffed Pepper Soup- The Squirrel Hill Cafe- Pittsburgh PA

    7- She Crab Soup- 82 Queen Street- Charleston SC

    8- Beer Cheese Soup- The Grainery- Fargo ND

    9- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (my former roommate who originally hails
    from Lake Charles LA)
    10- Wild Rice Soup- Tavern on Grand - St Paul MN
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/19 18:57:08 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by chezkatie

    I came across this today and thought it would make a good topic as we are in the middle of "soup season'.

    http://www.epicurious.com/restaurants/best_eats/

    Alas, I have only had one out of these ten soups. It was the peanut soup from Southern Kitchen in Virginia. How many , on this list, have you had?

    I am going to make up my list of the 10 top soups that I have ever had in a restaurant but it will take a little reflection.


    Can't say I've had any of those; BUT I made an absolutely delicious peanut soup last year from an old Moosewood cookbook I have. Quite filling, also.
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/19 19:13:06 (permalink)
    Although I think the peanut soup at Southern Kitchen is scrumptious, I have to disagree at its being the best. About 40 miles north of New Market, on I-81 is the town of Middletown and the home of The Wayside Inn, the oldest continously serving dining place in the US. (founded 1797). Maybe it's because of the colonial atmosphere, but their Peanut Soup is outstanding. http://www.alongthewayside.com/dining.asp

    If you manage to get to Middletown, also stop at the oft mentioned here,Rt 11 potato chip factory.

    http://www.rt11.com/
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/19 19:30:39 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by redtressed

    Although I think the peanut soup at Southern Kitchen is scrumptious, I have to disagree at its being the best. About 40 miles north of New Market, on I-81 is the town of Middletown and the home of The Wayside Inn, the oldest continously serving dining place in the US. (founded 1797). Maybe it's because of the colonial atmosphere, but their Peanut Soup is outstanding. http://www.alongthewayside.com/dining.asp

    If you manage to get to Middletown, also stop at the oft mentioned here,Rt 11 potato chip factory.

    http://www.rt11.com/



    I agree with the Wayside Inn having better peanut soup. Another place that serves really wonderful peanut soup is the King's Arm Tavern at Williamsburg. I, personally, think that the peanut soup at the Southern Kitchen is too salty.
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 05:07:07 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by redtressed

    Although I think the peanut soup at Southern Kitchen is scrumptious, I have to disagree at its being the best. About 40 miles north of New Market, on I-81 is the town of Middletown and the home of The Wayside Inn, the oldest continously serving dining place in the US. (founded 1797). Maybe it's because of the colonial atmosphere, but their Peanut Soup is outstanding. http://www.alongthewayside.com/dining.asp

    If you manage to get to Middletown, also stop at the oft mentioned here,Rt 11 potato chip factory.

    http://www.rt11.com/

    Yay! Route 11!
    Southern Kitchen has lots of attributes (mainly its location) but their peanut soup has big chunks of onion in it that I don't like.
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 13:36:19 (permalink)
    i don't think i have ten but....
    1.the creamy squash soup that was positively orgasmic at GENOA in portland or
    2.the hungarian mushroom soup at old wives tales in portland or
    3.the fish chowder at the chickadee tea room ( well, the way it tasted 20 yrs ago when i worked there) in falmouth mass
    4. tortilla soup with fresh shrimp (the thick tortilla soup) in melaque mexico
    5. bleu cheese and cabbage soup from a restaurant i used to work at
    6. almost any PHO
    7.homemade thick and chunky split pea with ham or swedish yellow pea with ham soup

    mmmmmm soup mmmmmmmm
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 14:01:23 (permalink)
    Without a doubt, #1 is the gumbo at Eddie's (RIP?) in New Orleans...and I knew it from the first bite. Perfect!!!
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 14:30:01 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Let's see, I think this is an easy one!

    1- Seafood Chowder- Gilbert's Chowder House- Portland ME

    2- Clam Chowder- The No Name Restaurant- Boston MA

    3- Matzoh Ball Soup- 2nd Avenue Deli/Carnegie Deli (tie)

    4- Crab Soup- Bo Brooks Crab House- Baltimore MD

    5- Peanut Soup- Southern Kitchen- New Market VA

    6- Stuffed Pepper Soup- The Squirrel Hill Cafe- Pittsburgh PA

    7- She Crab Soup- 82 Queen Street- Charleston SC

    8- Beer Cheese Soup- The Grainery- Fargo ND

    9- Chicken and Sausage Gumbo (my former roommate who originally hails
    from Lake Charles LA)
    10- Wild Rice Soup- Tavern on Grand - St Paul MN



    WJ, you're inspiring me to try 2nd Ave's matzoh ball soup again. I've had it twice (but not in five years), and felt like I was drinking dishwater both times -- as did the other people I was with. So many people rave about it, I have to try again. I was there at an off-hour both times, which might make a difference. The first time, I actually told the waiter that I wouldn't pay for it, which I believe is the only time I've ever done that.

    I'm not a huge soup guy, but love matzoh ball soup, especially the one at the Cafe Edison in Manhattan. I also love the Carnegie's.
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 15:01:39 (permalink)
    I too, am a soup-a-holic!
    My faves are:
    Butternut squash bisque at Ritz-Carlton Dining Room in SF
    Chicken Pot Pie soup at Tahoe Joe's (a dreaded chain)
    Mushroom Tea (a consomme really) at Upstairs Downtown in Fresno
    Turkey Noodle soup at Mike's Roadhouse Cafe in Kettleman City
    My own personal chicken potsticker soup (1 pkg asian chicken broth, 1 pkg soy ginger broth, 2 tsps mexican chicken bouillion powder, as many frozen chicken potickers as you can fit into the pot. Bring broth to boil, add won tons and simmer for 5 minutes, delish!)
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 15:43:42 (permalink)
    Out in LA it would be hard to find decent versions of the top ten soups listed (with the exception of a good mexican chix soup) since all of the great soups are either asian (ramen, udon, pho, bbq pork wonton, etc.) or latino (menudo, pozole, cocido, aforementioned chix soup.)
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 15:52:01 (permalink)
    The BEST we have had in a long time was the Cioppino at Sharky's in Newport, OR. What a great experience! Both the food and the ambiance of the place. Sat at the small counter and watched all the cooking. WOW.

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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 16:01:22 (permalink)
    I have come up with my list of unforgettable soups that I have enjoyed very much. They are, in no particular order:

    Traditional tortilla soup San Angel Inn......Epcot

    Cream of crab soup- G & M Seafood Baltimore

    TOM KHA KAI Sour spicy soup made with chicken, Thai herbs and lime in coconut milk broth. Songkran Thai Restaurant Daytona Beach, Fl.

    Turtle soup Commander's Palace New Orleans

    Lobster Bisque The Prime Rib Baltimore

    Bahamian Conch Chowder Louie's Backyard Key West

    Lobster Stew Moody's Diner Waldoboro, Maine

    Maryland Crab Soup Bo Brookes Restaurant Baltimore

    New England Clam Chowder Grand Central Oyster Bar New York City

    Beans and Greens Soup Antonio's Restaurant Syracuse, NY
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 17:04:28 (permalink)
    I haven't had any on the Gourmet list but I would put any soup from Iron Barley (in Saint Louis) against them. They have one soup daily and they are all killer. They smoke their own meats, so there's plenty of chicken, pork, etc. in the soups. Some of my favorites:

    Slammin' Clam Chowder - NE clam chowder with smoked salmon and bacon thrown in
    German Lentil
    Split Pea - unlike any split pea you've had... dark brown and meaty
    Stragatelli - another meaty soup with "wagon wheel" pasta

    I had some Strag today on the way home. It was piled high in the bowl, more stew than soup.

    http://www.ironbarley.com/
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/20 17:06:41 (permalink)
    I know this is a chain, but Chili's has some of the best black bean soup I've ever had. I try to duplicate it at home but never get close.
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    RE: America's best soups 2005/01/23 00:43:14 (permalink)
    Oyster stew at Dan and Louie's and Posole at Esparza"s in Portland are among the best soups I have ever eaten.
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