Having a delicious and satisfying bowl of soup at home means planning ahead to make some or being stuck eating canned soup. You can still reach for that can in your cupboard in a pinch, but if you are looking for a flavorful soup that is going to stay with you throughout the day, there are so many great restaurant options available in Seattle. A summertime favorite among many is chilled gazpacho. But when winter rolls around, the soups tend to get a bit richer and and a lot heartier. Seattle is brimming with restaurants that will fill your mind, body and soul (not to mention stomach) with some of the heartiest soups imaginable. Here are a few places that are as hot as the soup they serve.
515 S. Main St.
Seattle, WA 98104
This little jewel box of a restaurant is tucked away just off the main drag in the International District. This intimate space fills up fast – and for good reason. Settle in at the sushi bar or grab a table and get ready for some house-made soups that deliver spectacular flavors. If you can make it in on a Friday, don’t miss the Shoyu Ramen Special comprised of pork and chicken broth, soy ramen, pork, fish cake and bamboo shoots. This restaurant is a family affair (the mother and father are in the kitchen and the son and daughter are serving up front) and has become a hotspot for many repeat customers. The savory soup being served inside is one of the reasons for the line of hungry fans that often forms outside.
1933 1st Ave.
Seattle, WA 98101
When it comes to atmosphere, food and wine, you can’t get more French than Le Pichet. So it makes sense that when you order French onion soup here, your experience will set you squarely somewhere between Paris and Marseille. That’s because the French onion soup here is actually the gratin lyonnais – a Lyon-styled onion soup that is topped off with croutons and a rich layer of gruyère cheese. Pair this hearty soup with just the right wine and you may never want to leave.
550 12th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98122
If you’re looking for some satisfying street food served up in a lively and comfortable setting, look no further than Ba Bar. It serves up Southeast Asia street food in style. From the Huế dumplings to the grilled frog legs, you can expect all of the comfort that comes from the popular food stands that line the streets throughout the bustling cities of Southeast Asia. And if you are looking for a savory soup to slurp up, you’ll want to head straight for the Phở Tái Oxtail. Add a tendon or beef ball to this beef broth laced with star anise, painted hills beef and rice noodles and you’re all set. Without the hustle, bustle and noise of a crowded city street, you’re not going to find a more satisfying place to spend your afternoon while taking in the warmth and flavors of this Phở.
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1024 E. Pike St.
Seattle, WA 98122
Sam’s Tavern is a relative newcomer to the Pike/Pine corridor that is winning the hearts (and stomachs) of the Capitol Hill crowd. It’s a friendly, no-nonsense joint where you can get some really hearty fare without having to worry about breaking the bank. If you are looking to warm your bones from the cold outdoors, Sam’s chili (which may also be ordered and served over fries) acts as the perfect elixir. Thick and hearty with just the right touch of heat, this tasty treat is all you’ll need to withstand any type of weather old man winter dares to throw your way.
Hue Ky Mi Gia
1207 S. Jackson St.
Seattle, WA 98144
The fried butter garlic chicken wings in this friendly joint have been written up by all kinds of food writers, but it’s certainly not the only item on the menu that’s worthy of high praise. On any given night, this place buzzes with couples and families looking to take the chill off with the rich, complex soups coming out of this kitchen. With so many soup options lining the menu, it may be hard to settle on just the right one. But you cannot go wrong with the succulent braised duck bowl with egg noodle, bok choy and shiitake mushrooms. Fortunately, Hue Ky Mi Gia serves its tasty hot noodle soups up all week (except Tuesdays) so you can keep coming back to try them all.
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Jenise Silva is a freelance writer in Seattle who has studied culinary, visual and performing arts. She penned the financial planning guide Women & Money, and has been writing about food and the arts for a number of years. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.