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 just need to go out and treat yourself to a hearty bowl of soup. 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. (Looking for a delicious sandwich to go with that bowl of soup? Be sure to check out the 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 its 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 in Juneau, Alaska, 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. Their Halibut Chowder, which reviewers say is "SPECTACULAR" with "generous" amounts of halibut, is rich and comforting, plus there's a rotating soup of the day. Try the bread bowl combo, featuring freshly baked sourdough, naturally.

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Wildflower Bread
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Arizona: Wildflower Bread

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

Neighbor's Mill
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Arkansas: Neighbor's Mill

Several Locations
Neighbor's Mill, located in Harrison and Rogers, Arkansas (and a couple locations in Missouri) is lauded for its charm and excellent customer service. It's recommended as a great date spot as well. Their "famous" tomato-basil and potato-bacon soups are always on along with a daily rotating option. And, after you've had a sensible cup of soup, treat yourself to any of their many baked goods.

Grubstake Diner
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California: Grubstake Diner

San Francisco
Grubstake has established itself as a San Francisco food 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 comprised of potatoes, kale, and linguica sausage. Reviewers call it "delicious" and "great for quenching your thirst on a cold night." The diner stays open daily until 4 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 town." And, the good news is that along with their shop in Hamden, they offer delivery to nearby cities on Thursdays and are available at the local farmers markets. To check out which soup is on today, head to their Twitter page. There is always a vegetarian and/or vegan option and usually 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 is, "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. Or, 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 in Boise. Their most-mentioned dish on Yelp is garlic soup, which one reviewer called "ridiculously delicious." And if you want a different dining environment, 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 that the locally raised goat meat he ate at Birria Zaragoza is "one of the best pieces of goat I've eaten domestically." This tiny family-run Mexican spot specializes in oven-roasted goat in tacos, quesadillas, and in their house-made tomato and garlic broth (made with no meat drippings, so technically vegetarian-friendly without the goat). (Looking for more great taco options? Be sure to check out 27 Tasty Taco Places Across the Country.)

Darn Good Soup
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Indiana: Darn Good Soup

Bloomington
Darn Good Soup seems to live up to its name, with a wide and rotating soup menu, including favorites like tomatillo soup, potato poblano soup, beef paprikash, and tomato cashew soup. Reviewers appreciate the speedy service and the fact that every soup order comes with bread.

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.

Rowhouse Restaurant
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Kansas: Rowhouse Restaurant

Topeka
Rowhouse, known for its seasonally driven menus and generous portions, is a Topeka favorite, both for its food and for its "adorable" setting in a historic brownstone. Their house soup is Creamy Tomato Dill, with celery, green onions, and garlic (which you can order in a quart to go), but reviewers also mention soup-of-the-day options like creamy potato garlic and carrot.

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 said chili, and there are rotating soup-of-the-day options, as well. And, if you're in a hurry, just hit the drive-thru.

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 other variations like the Mumbo Gumbo a file gumbo with chicken, shrimp, crabmeat, crawfish, sausage, okra, and tomato, or Gumbo Monceaux, which is 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 immediately to Helen's Restaurant, a community establishment since 1950. The Famous Fish Chowder, which reviewers say has "huge chunks" of fresh haddock, is simply made with potatoes, onions, butter, dill, cream. Their 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 a menu that includes the following categories: vegan and organic soup, vegetarian and organic soup, meat soup, and seafood soup. It wouldn't be Baltimore if they didn't have 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 that are served in the shell. One review starts "Damn! Why haven't we been here before today?!?!?!"

Zingerman's Delicatessen
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Michigan: Zingerman's Delicatessen

Ann Arbor
Local foodies likely have already heard of Zingerman's, and it turns out that acclaim is well-placed — reviews mention a charming setting and large portions. Their rotating soup options include classics like creamy tomato, matzo ball, and a Carolina Gold rice soup. (We also consider Zingerman's to be one of the Best Delis Across America.)

M St. Cafe
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Minnesota: M St. Cafe

St. Paul
Located inside the St. Paul Hotel, the stylish M St. Cafe is a favorite spot among locals for breakfast and lunch (but is closed for dinner). Soup-wise, they offer a daily "chef's creation," as well as a "wonderful" wild rice soup and a prime rib chili, topped with crème fraiche and tortilla chips.

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 the historic train depot where it's located. Their famed Cream of Crab soup is praised online for its flavor and the 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. Online reviewers also love the creamy squash soup.

The Soup Bar
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Montana: The Soup Bar

Livingston
Located downtown, The Soup Bar has quickly become known for "killer food and service" in "modern rustic" comfort. They offer many gluten-free and vegetarian/vegan options, and even offer 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 Facebook reviewer, and Yelpers offer similar praises. The eatery's Facebook page shows behind-the-scenes videos of stocks and soup being made, and word on the street is that the Moroccan tomato soup shouldn't be missed.

E Jo Korean Soup
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Nevada: E Jo Korean Soup

Las Vegas
This little hole-in-the-wall soup joint has been called "a pit stop must go," where diners should not be discouraged by its modest appearance. If reviews are to be believed, all the options are great. Options include oxtail soup, rice cake soup, beef brisket soup, and beef tongue soup.

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

Dover
For folks in New Hampshire looking for a seafood fix, Newick's has just about everything you could ask for. And, should you be interested in "Chowdah," as the New Englanders call it, there is a whole menu of them — the Original Clam Chowdah, Thick Clam Chowdah, Thick Seafood Chowdah, and more. For an extra treat, ask for added "lobstah." Reviews call the chowdah "great" and a "winner."

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 highly praised online for being fresh and flavorful, and the coconut curry soup, which is always on the menu, is a house favorite.

Blue Corn Brewery
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New Mexico: Blue Corn Brewery

Santa Fe
So, you're in Santa Fe and you want some soup, but you also want to experience the famous green chiles. So, head to Blue Corn Brewery and do both with the Green Chile Stew, with tender pork, potatoes, posole, green chile, and a flour tortilla. Or, for a heartier but still Southwest-feeling option, try the Venison Texas Chili featuring pinto beans, beef, chimayo red chile, tomatoes, sour cream, and a flour tortilla. Reviewers praise the food, beer, and the service.

Good Stock
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New York: Good Stock

New York
This unassuming little restaurant, both in the West Village and with a spot in the Urbanspace Vanderbilt in Midtown, offers simple soups with fresh, flavorful ingredients. With "super sweet staff" and a free brownie bite with every purchase, locals flock here for lunch, especially in chilly weather. The roasted mushroom soup, butternut squash soup, and Moroccan lamb soup all have many positive reviews online.

HomeGrown
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North Carolina: HomeGrown

Asheville
With one location in North Asheville and another in West Asheville, HomeGrown's motto is "slow food right quick." The homey menu includes several soup options, including tomato basil, old-fashioned vegetable, and Trout, Sausage & Chicken Gumbo. Reviewers praise HomeGrown's affordability and the "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 their "very 'North Dakotan'" menu. The menu changes daily, and is listed online. Try the curried vegetable soup, a house favorite, or the 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. They also make and sell all their own stock and guarantee 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 the 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" is located in the business district of downtown Oklahoma City. The soups rotate seasonally, though the potato soup, butternut squash soup, and chili are staples. Those avoiding gluten will love the sandwiches, as they all feature the house-made gluten-free bread. Reviewers especially recommend the potato soup and the cauliflower soup.

Portland Kettle
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Oregon: Portland Kettle

Portland
Portland Kettle, whose motto is "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 is conveniently located in Philadelphia's Midtown Village. Reviewers love the tom yum soup, which features shrimp, mushroom, onion, tomato, cilantro, bell pepper, and scallion in a kaffir lime lemongrass broth, and they also heap praise on the noodle and curry soups.

Matunuck Oyster Bar
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Rhode Island: Matunuck Oyster Bar

South Kingstown
Overlooking Potter Pond in South Kingstown, Matunuck Oyster Bar sources their 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 here. 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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South Carolina: Pink Cactus

Charleston
This Oaxacan eatery is known for its tortilla soup, thickened with its very own house-made tortillas. The tortillas are made with heirloom corn supplied by Masienda, which supports sustainable farming and agricultural biodiversity. The soup is finished with cotija cheese, cilantro, and avocado. Reviews praise the "classy but casual" atmosphere and the authentic Mexican flavors.

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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. They offer 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." They also bake the bread for their sandwiches fresh daily.

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

Memphis
Stone Soup, located in the historic Cooper Young district, promises "3 meals a day using the freshest local ingredients." Their classic Stone Soup uses local ground beef and smoked sausage, and is topped with sour cream and black olives. They also offer the Slap Yo Mama World Famous Gumbo. Reviewers praise its quirky atmosphere and delicious comfort food.

Cuchara
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Texas: Cuchara

Houston
Located 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 reference 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, and the authentic and delicious food. One reviewer calls the Pozole Verde "almost as good as my tia's."

The Dodo
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Utah: The Dodo

Salt Lake City
The Dodo, which has been going strong in the Salt Lake City area for 35 years, is an upscale casual spot with views of the nearby Wasatch mountains. The soups, listed on a blackboard, change daily, but reviewers especially love the butternut squash curry soup.

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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, which one reviewer describes as "beautifully peppered with coconut and spices" with "light as air" noodles. Other reviews praise its upscale, creative vegan options which charm even carnivores.

Revolutionary Soup
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Virginia: Revolutionary Soup

Charlottesville
Fondly referred to as "Rev Soup" by locals, Revolutionary Soup promises soups, sandwiches, salads, and wraps made from sustainably raised, local ingredients. Think farm-to-table soups and sandwiches. Their rotating soup menu includes staples like Spicy Senegalese Peanut Tofu, Lamb Curry, Tomato Basil Bisque, and Classic Miso. There are always vegan and gluten-free options available. Reviewers praise its convenient location and delicious range of soups.

Morfire
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Washington: Morfire

Seattle
Morfire, a Thai hot pot spot in Seattle's 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, say it's an "excellent" price point, and rave about the "amazing hotpot 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 shows Seinfeld's soup Nazi and the text "I got 99 problems but a bisque ain't one," is a local lunch staple of Wheeling, West Virginia. 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, an unassuming little cafe in Milwaukee, has racked up many positive reviews online for its rotating list of house-made soups. Reviewers love Soup Otzie's willingness to offer samples, the warm and inviting atmosphere, and varieties like 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 the pork bone soup have been favorites.