Best Places for Soup
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Best Place for Hearty Soup in Every State

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Best Places for Soup
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Lovin' Spoonfuls

Whether you're aiming to eat healthier in the new year or just need a bowl or something cozy and warm, it's officially soup season. It's easy to make your own, but sometimes you treat yourself to a hearty bowl of soup made by someone who does it for a living. We pored over menus, review sites, and writeups from food critics to find locally owned, locally loved spots across the country with delicious house-made soups, with bonus points for a cozy atmosphere. Read on for the best place for hearty soup in every state, even if some have a coronavirus-inspired limitation — or taking this pandemic moment to hibernate temporarily or finish some renovations.

Related: Must-Try Sandwiches in Every State

Chez Lulu
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Alabama: Chez Lulu

Birmingham
Chez Lulu, with its fresh soups and European tarts, is a Birmingham favorite. Reviewers love its "creative, fresh and enticing menu options" and Parisian bistro feel. The soup of the day rotates, and highlights have included carrot soup, garlic soup, and mushroom soup. Bonus: The stock used for the soup is always vegetarian.

Hangar on the Wharf
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Alaska: Hangar on the Wharf

Juneau
Should you find yourself peckish, head over to Hangar on the Wharf. This light-filled converted airplane hangar offers a host of classic dishes, including Crab Oscar, Fettuccine Alfredo, Jambalaya, and Duck a L'Orange. Its Halibut Chowder, which reviewers say is "spectacular" with "generous" amounts of halibut, is rich and comforting, and there's a rotating soup of the day. Try the bread bowl combo, featuring freshly baked sourdough, naturally.

Related: The Best Seafood Restaurant in All 50 States

Wildflower Bread
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Arizona: Wildflower Bread

Several Locations
Wildflower Bread is a much-loved lunch spot with 12 locations throughout the state. Reviewers especially recommend the potato soup and mushroom soup among a diverse menu. On any given day, there will be up to six kinds of soup, with at least one vegetarian selection.

Neighbor's Mill
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Arkansas: Neighbor's Mill

Several Locations
Neighbor's Mill, in Harrison and Rogers (and a couple locations in Missouri) is lauded for its charm, excellent customer service, and as a great date spot option — maybe even more romantic now that the coronavirus has limited the number of people who can be seated for dining. Its "famous" tomato-basil and potato-bacon soups are always on, along with a daily rotating option. After you've had a sensible cup of soup, treat yourself to one of their many baked goods.

Grubstake Diner
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California: Grubstake Diner

San Francisco
Grubstake has established itself as a destination with its wide-ranging food options, including several Portuguese favorites. The restaurant is famously housed in a 1927 cable car. One of its most famous dishes is the Caldo Verde, a Portuguese soup with potatoes, kale, and linguica sausage. Reviewers call it "delicious" and great "on a cold night." The diner stays open daily until 2 a.m., so it's a great spot to reset after an evening out.

Noodle House
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The Soup Girl
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Connecticut: The Soup Girl

Hamden
Small but mighty, The Soup Girl has been heralded for having "the best soups around." It offers delivery to nearby cities and sells at a local farmers market. There is always a vegetarian and/or vegan option, and often a gluten-free option as well.

Pho Viet
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Delaware: Pho Viet

Dover
Located in Dover since 2019, Pho Viet has quickly become known for its generous portions and flavorful pho. Reviewers also lavish praise on the restaurant's spring rolls and other appetizers.

Mr. and Mrs. Buns
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Florida: Mr. and Mrs. Buns

Miami
The motto of Mr. and Mrs. Buns: "Life is like a sandwich, you have to fill it with the best ingredients." The menu is wide-ranging and has a Peruvian focus with empanadas, sandwiches, appetizers, and a daily soup. Reviewers have enjoyed the lentil soup and corn soup, though the tomato-and-basil cream soup, available daily, is also a staple.

Souper Jenny
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O'ahu Grill
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Hawaii: O'ahu Grill

Honolulu
For some proper Hawaiian soup, head to O'ahu Grill in Honolulu — which has been called a "household name" — for the Salt Meat with Watercress Soup, featuring fresh local watercress. Head over on a Monday for some pork squash soup.

Manfred's Kitchen
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Idaho: Manfred's Kitchen

Boise
For hearty Idaho comfort food, head to Manfred's. Its most-mentioned dish on Yelp is garlic soup, which one reviewer called "ridiculously delicious." Manfred's will also deliver to several nearby establishments.

Birria Zaragoza
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Illinois: Birria Zaragoza

Chicago
Andrew Zimmern of The Travel Channel said Birria Zaragoza served him "one of the best pieces of goat I've eaten domestically." This tiny family-run Mexican spot specializes in  locally raised (and then oven-roasted) goat in tacos, quesadillas, and in its house-made tomato and garlic broth (made with no meat drippings, so technically vegetarian-friendly without the goat). 

Related: 27 Tasty Taco Places Across the Country

Subito
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Indiana: Subito

Indianapolis
Subito, though beloved before anyone had heard of the coronavirus, is also perfect for a pandemic: It's a takeaway restaurant ("subito" means "immediately" in Italian) with comfort food made from scratch: sandwiches with bread baked in-house, salads, and of course a wide range of soups that rotate from a classic beef stew and tomato basil to the slightly wilder Buffalo chicken and "Chicken Velvet." Keep an eye out for the Korean Brisket Stew, which wins praise as "so unique … hearty and savory without feeling heavy."


Her Soup Kitchen
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Iowa: Her Soup Kitchen

Iowa City
According to some Yelpers, the best lunch place, let alone soup place, in Iowa City is Her Soup Kitchen. While the soup options change, locals love the chicken soup and poblano corn chowder.

Tanya's Soup Kitchen
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Kansas: Tanya's Soup Kitchen

Wichita
Drawing long lines in the super cool Douglas Design District, Tanya's Soup Kitchen serves vegetarians, vegans, and carnivores (gluten-free available upon request too) with sandwiches, salads, and soups such as Tomato Basil Bisque and Creamy Artichoke Gorgonzola. Maybe the best option is a $6 flight of the variety on the stove that day, but try the Mediterranean Red Lentil Stew and "you won't regret it," reviewers say. 

Soupy's
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Kentucky: Soupy's

Louisville
Locals love Soupy's for its "great value" and menu of homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. The everyday menu features eight soups — including veggie, chicken n' dumplins, cheesy potato, and chicken tortilla — not including the chili options. (In the style of nearby Cincinnati, you can order spaghetti with that chili.) There are rotating soups of the day, and a drive-through option.

Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop
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Louisiana: Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop

Metairie
There are few foods more associated with Louisiana than gumbo, and Chef Ron's Gumbo Stop offers many. Chef Ron's Classic Seafood Gumbo with crawfish, shrimp, crabmeat, okra, and tomato has won local awards, but you can also try variations such as the Mumbo Gumbo with chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, sausage, okra, and tomato, or Gumbo Monceaux — the Mumbo Gumbo with poached egg. TripAdvisor reviews rave that it's "awesome" and a "great place for a relaxed meal." (In search of more great seafood dishes? Check out 20 Amazing Seafood Shacks Across America.)

Helen's Restaurant
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Maine: Helen's Restaurant

Machias
If you're looking for a proper Maine seafood chowder, head to Helen's Restaurant, a mainstay since 1950. The Famous Fish Chowder, which reviewers say has "huge chunks" of fresh haddock, is made simply, with potatoes, onions, butter, dill, and cream. The secret? The broth comes from the haddock being cooked in the potato water.

Soup's On
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Maryland: Soup's On

Baltimore
Located in a charming historic building, Soup's On boasts vegan and organic soup, vegetarian and organic soup, meat soup, and seafood soup. It wouldn't be Baltimore if there wasn't a crab option, so there's Maryland Crab Soup. But reviewers also recommend the French onion soup with Jarlsberg cheese.

Ella's Wood Burning Oven
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Massachusetts: Ella's Wood Burning Oven

Wareham
There is some serious online debate happening on the best chowder on Cape Cod, and while Wareham doesn't technically count as the Cape, chowder at Ella's Wood Burning Oven is known and loved by locals. Each bowl is made to order, with freshly steamed clams served in the shell. One review starts "Damn! Why haven't we been here before?"

Zingerman's Delicatessen
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Michigan: Zingerman's Delicatessen

Ann Arbor
Zingerman's rotating soup options include classics such as creamy tomato, matzo ball, and a Carolina Gold rice soup. (We also consider Zingerman's to be one of the Best Delis Across America.) Reviews acclaim its charming setting and large portions.

My Huong Kitchen
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Minnesota: My Huong Kitchen

Minneapolis
There are eight soups on the menu of My Huong Kitchen, a family-owned Vietnamese eatery, but it's the curry noodle soup it claims "helps you battle winter like a champion." With a swinging takeout business, though, it's the restaurant that's handling COVID-19 like a champion, offering soups for all — including vegetarians, vegans, and the gluten-free — with all but one under $9. (The holdout Combo Noodle Soup with shrimp, chicken, fish, and tofu is $10.) Customers love this "little Minneapolis gem."

Strawberry Cafe
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Mississippi: Strawberry Cafe

Madison
Strawberry Cafe, which claims to be the first restaurant in Madison, is known for its homey food and setting (a historic train depot). A Cream of Crab soup is famed online for its flavor and generous amount of crab.

Thelma's Kitchen
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Missouri: Thelma's Kitchen

Kansas City
Thelma's Kitchen is a donation-based restaurant where diners pay what they can. While the menu changes daily, the Fancy Shredded Potato Cheddar Soup is a staple. Reviewers also love the creamy squash soup.

The Soup Bar
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Montana: The Soup Bar

Livingston
The downtown Soup Bar has become known for "killer food and service" in "modern rustic" comfort. It offers many gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options, and even  a soup flight. Guests have enjoyed the broccoli cheese soup (which you can order in a pretzel bowl), laksa, smoked chicken, and minestrone.

Grateful Bread
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Nebraska: Grateful Bread/Freakbeat Vegetarian

Lincoln
This offbeat little cafe offers "the best soups and pasta ever" according to one reviewer, with Yelpers offering similar praise, and special word that the Moroccan tomato soup shouldn't be missed. To keep diners hungry while eatery hibernates, its Facebook page shows behind-the-scenes videos of stocks and soup being made, and

E Jo Korean Soup
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Nevada: E Jo Korean Soup

Las Vegas
This little hole-in-the-wall joint has been called "a pit stop must-go," where diners should not be discouraged by a modest appearance. Reviews extol options ranging from oxtail soup and rice cake soup to beef brisket soup and beef tongue soup.

Newick's Lobster House
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New Hampshire: Newick's Lobster House

Dover
Looking for a seafood fix? Newick's has just about everything you could ask for. There is a whole menu of chowders, cutely identified as an Original Clam Chowdah, Thick Clam Chowdah, Thick Seafood Chowdah, and more. For an extra treat, ask for added "lobstah." Reviews call them "great" and a "winner" of a choice.

Twisted Tree Café
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New Jersey: Twisted Tree Café

Asbury Park
This funky little community café is "mostly vegan" and "cute and cozy." The rotating menu is praised online for being fresh and flavorful, and the coconut curry soup, which is always on the menu, is a house favorite.

Jambo Cafe
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New Mexico: Jambo Cafe

Santa Fe
Considering Jambo Cafe's fare is award-winning, with a soup hailed by Gil Garduño of Gil’s Thrilling (And Filling) Blog as the "perennial winner of Santa Fe’s annual Souperbowl," it's a good thing it's so accessible, served up by two food trucks and at two bricks-and-mortar locations. Look for that perennial best Ginger Peanut Butternut Squash Soup or a Curried Black Bean-Sweet Potato Soup that is "so good it’ll make grown men swoon."

The Original Soupman
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New York: The Original Soupman

New York
No surprise here, at least for fans of 1990s sitcoms: The joint that became infamous as the bunker of the "Soup Nazi" from "Seinfeld" might have won this slot even if its soups weren't so good — but there's a reason the gang goes through such trouble to keep the soup coming, and that didn't change even after business trouble shut down the original location. "The soup, while expensive, is so tasty you will be wanting more," reviewers say, noting Lobster Bisque "brimming with lobster meat" and a range of other treats that "completely live up to the hype." Just head to 259A W. 55th St., between Broadway and Eighth Avenue.

HomeGrown
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North Carolina: HomeGrown

Asheville
HomeGrown's motto is "slow food right quick." The homey menu at locations in North Asheville and West Asheville includes several soup options, including tomato basil, old-fashioned vegetable, and Trout, Sausage & Chicken Gumbo. Reviewers praise the affordability and especially a "delicious" tomato soup.

Cracked Pepper
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North Dakota: Cracked Pepper

Fargo
This comfort-food driven lunch spot offers "amazing" service, atmosphere, and food. Cracked Pepper also gets a shout-out for its "very 'North Dakotan'" menu, which changes daily. Try the curried vegetable soup, a house favorite, or chunky tomato soup.

Souper Market
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Ohio: Souper Market

Several Locations
With five locations around Ohio, Souper Market specializes in made-from-scratch soups and fresh salads with house-made dressings. It also makes and sells its own stock and promises to never use commercial bases. Yelp reviewers laud this "Cleveland institution" for its quality and many options; a few favorites are the loaded baked potato soup and chicken paprikash soup.

Nourished Food Bar
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Oklahoma: Nourished Food Bar

Oklahoma City
Nourished Food Bar, a "grab-and-go clean eats food spot" in a downtown business district, features soups that rotate seasonally, though the potato soup, butternut squash soup, and chili are staples. Reviewers especially recommend the potato soup and the cauliflower soup. (Those avoiding gluten will love the sandwiches, as they all feature house-made gluten-free bread.)

Portland Kettle
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Oregon: Portland Kettle

Portland
Portland Kettle, where the motto suggests you "experience comfort food," has a range of soups, salads, and sandwiches and is a "go-to lunch spot" according to many reviewers on Yelp. The soup menu features lemon chicken and rice soup, gumbo, and two options for chili: vegetarian and carnivorian.

Xiandu Thai
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Pennsylvania: Xiandu Thai

Philadelphia
This Thai spot, conveniently in Philadelphia's Midtown Village, draws review love for the tom yum soup, which features shrimp, mushroom, onion, tomato, cilantro, bell pepper, and scallion in a kaffir lime lemongrass broth. There's more praise for the noodle and curry soups.

Matunuck Oyster Bar
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Rhode Island: Matunuck Oyster Bar

South Kingstown
Overlooking Potter Pond, Matunuck Oyster Bar sources its raw bar onsite and uses locally sourced produce and wild-caught seafood. Rhode Island chowder traditionally has clear broth, rather than creamy, though Matunuck offers both varieties. The exact kind of seafood that goes in depends on what's freshest that day. If you're not a chowder person, the oyster stew is another house favorite, featuring parsnips, sweet potatoes, and leeks simmered in a rich rosemary cream, with herb-butter poached oysters. Reviewers praise the knowledgeable staff and the extra-fresh, flavorful food.

Pink Cactus
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The Cookie Jar Eatery
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South Dakota: The Cookie Jar Eatery

Sioux Falls
The Cookie Jar Eatery, known for its "eats and sweets," makes all of its bakery items from scratch using family recipes. It offers a daily soup, chicken tortilla and chili, and a "soup of the week," which in the past has included cheeseburger soup, broccoli cheese soup, and chicken and wild rice soup. One reviewer called the chicken and dumpling soup "the best soup I have ever had." It also bakes the bread for sandwiches fresh daily.

Stone Soup Café and Market
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Tennessee: Stone Soup Café and Market

Memphis
Stone Soup, in the historic Cooper Young district, promises "three meals a day using the freshest local ingredients." Its classic Stone Soup uses local ground beef and smoked sausage, and is topped with sour cream and black olives. It also offers the Slap Yo Mama World Famous Gumbo. Reviewers praise its quirky atmosphere and delicious comfort food.

Cuchara
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Texas: Cuchara

Houston
In a brick building built in the 1940s, Cuchara is a Mexico City bistro with a modern, open aesthetic. The rainbow-colored plates and bowls and the half-aprons worn by the servers allude to the Mexico City inspiration. The Pozole Verde, featuring chicken and hominy in spicy green broth, is a highlight of the brunch menu, and if you're there for dinner, try the Chilatole, creamy corn masa soup with serrano pepper. Reviewers love the Instagrammable aesthetic as much as the authentic and delicious food. One reviewer calls the Pozole Verde "almost as good as my tia's."

The Dodo
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Revolution Kitchen
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Vermont: Revolution Kitchen

Burlington
Revolution Kitchen, founded in 2013, was Burlington's first all-vegetarian spot. The menu is also friendly to vegans and those avoiding gluten. The Laksa Noodle Pot is the most popular dish, with one reviewer describing it as "beautifully peppered with coconut and spices" with "light as air" noodles. Other reviews praise upscale, creative vegan options that charm even carnivores.

Revolutionary Soup
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Virginia: Revolutionary Soup

Charlottesville
Referred to fondly as "Rev Soup" by locals, Revolutionary Soup promises soups, sandwiches, salads, and wraps made from sustainably raised, local ingredients. A rotating soup menu includes staples such as Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu, Lamb Curry, Tomato Basil Bisque, and Classic Miso. There are always vegan and gluten-free options available. Reviewers admire a delicious range of soups.

Morfire
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Washington: Morfire

Seattle
Morfire, a Thai spot in the Capitol Hill area, offers hot pot with pasture-raised meats, fresh vegetables, and many broth options. The many glowing online reviews call it a great date spot with an "excellent" price point, and rave about the "amazing hot pot broth."

Soup Shack
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West Virginia: Soup Shack

Wheeling
Soup Shack, whose online presence is limited to a Facebook page and whose profile page quips that "I got 99 problems but a bisque ain't one," is a local lunch staple. Favorite soups among Facebook reviewers include the potato feta soup and the lobster bisque.

Soup Otzie's
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Wisconsin: Soup Otzie's

Milwaukee
Soup Otzie's is an unassuming little cafe that has racked up many positive reviews for a rotating list of house-made soups. Reviewers love Soup Otzie's willingness to offer samples, the warm and inviting atmosphere, and varieties such as broccoli crab bisque, dill pickle soup, and Hungarian mushroom soup.

Rendez-Vous Bistro
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Wyoming: Rendez-Vous Bistro

Jackson
The upscale Rendez-Vous Bistro is considered one of Jackson Hole's signature restaurants. The French Onion Gratin soup is noted for being warming and tasty. Among the rotating soups of the day, the broccoli soup and pork bone soup have been favorites.