Fall is New England is all about comfort fare and staying warm. Nothing heats your body up quite as well as a hot bowl of soup. Whether you prefer a steaming bowl of French onion soup or a creamy crock of clam chowder, here is a look at some of the hautest soup spots in Boston.
1 Bastille Kitchen
French onion soups take on an entirely different meaning at Bastille Kitchen. Tucked away in the Fort Point restaurant, this restaurant is worth seeking out for its decadent take on the French onion crock. Here, it is served with a gruyere crouton and made even better with a sunny-side up egg. Executive Chef Adam Kube created a slow cooked recipe inspired by Julia Child that takes the soup from traditional to exceptional.
49 Melcher Street Boston, MA 02210
2 New England Soup Factory
Venture out of the city about 15 minutes to the city of Newton where you will discover a place dedicated to the art of making soup. Marjorie Druker’s New England Soup Factory has captivated soup lovers with her creative concoctions with a twist (think triple strength chicken vegetable; sweet potato with caramelized onions or sweet and sour cabbage with fresh dill). All of her soups are made fresh daily here and the menu is always changing according to the season. One of her standouts, the baked potato and horseradish bacon and chive, is our favorite. They also serve sandwiches, rollups and a nice variety of salads.
244 Needham Street Newton MA 02464
3 Legal Sea Foods
Arguably, no one does clam chowder quite like Legal Sea Foods. For the perfect combination of cream, potatoes and fresh clams, Legal’s has attracted a cult following and for good reason. The award-winning recipe is so tasty that it has been served at every Presidential inauguration since 1981. We prefer to kick ours up a notch by adding a dash of Tabasco sauce for a fiery flavor. Oyster crackers on the side, please.
6 Park Plaza Boston, MA 02116
Tomato soup is just tomato soup until Barbara Lynch gets her hands on it. At her Italian favorite Sportello in the Fort Point Channel, she has created a spicy tomato soup served with taleggio crostini that tastes even better with the addition of flavorful caraway seeds. The crunchy cheesy crotini can be crumbled into the soup or savored by dipping. The soup’s rich tomato base remains a standout.
348 Congress Street Boston, MA 02210
5 Pho Hoa Restaurant
For a delicious taste of Vietnamese pho, head to Pho Hoa Restaurant. Their beef noodle soup is a flavorful choice of tender pieces of steak, brisket, flank, tripe or meatballs. Their wonton soup is also worth a mention made with pork and shrimp dumplings with steamed sliced pork and lettuce served in a delicious seafood broth. The topping of pan-fried onions is an added bonus.
1370 Dorchester Avenue Dorchester, MA 02122