Thursday, November 5, 2009

Top 10 soups in Kansas City

Posted by on Thu, Nov 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

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Soup is the ultimate comfort food in winter. There's something about a warm bowl and cold weather that just feels right. Perhaps it stretches back to the days when Julia Child used to make primordial soup.

So, Jonathan Bender and Charles Ferruzza set out with their soup spoons in hand in an effort to find out bowls were worthy of a place at a table. The list that follows is the Top 10 Soup options in Kansas City. 

10) Roxanne's Cafe -- This family-owned Parkville diner offers two homemade soups every day. A bowl of the vegetable, chock full of fresh vegetables and hunks of steak, sided with a softball-sized yeast roll is a soothing meal.

9) Souperman -- The daily specials change, but the West African Peanut Chicken Soup is a hearty staple that's earned its status as a regular option.

8) Red Snapper -- The best egg drop soup in Kansas City.

7) Happy Gillis -- This restaurant began as a soup subscription service, so they obviously know what they are doing. Southern Indian Lentil is the current featured flavor, but the choices change weekly.

6) Sweet Tomatoes -- This salad bar restaurant always features several soups each day. They're pretty good soup too -- and with the all-you-can-eat option, you can taste all of them.


5) Room 39 --

This is the kind of soup that you wish you could make at home with

seasonal ingredients. The current menu has winter squash and apple soup

with creme fraiche.

4) Kim Long Asian Market & Restaurant

-- A steaming bowl of Pho is as filling a meal as you could want. This

grocery store-restaurant hybrid has a solid chicken stock and rice

noodle version of the Vietnamese dish for just $5.

3) Le Fou Frog -- It's not

perfect on a date, but the rich taste of the French onion soup topped

with gruyere cheese will make you forget about putting anything to your

lips besides the spoon.

2) Oak 63 -- The finest tomato soup in town. One of the best-loved comfort foods.

1) Hot Basil --

Coughing, sneezing, miserable? Chef-owner Lee Chai's Thom Yum soup has

proven curative powers. The fragrant broth, flavored with pungent

lemongrass and kefir lime, is generously dappled with chicken,

mushrooms, tomatoes and cilantro. You'll feel better just smelling it!

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