We can all agree that it’s been unusually cold in Boston this year. Temperatures in the 20s have us yearning for heartier dishes, and soup is one thing we can’t get enough of. But we’re not looking for just any soup. Move over Campbell’s — we want something that’ll leave us so satisfied we’ll be daydreaming about it the next day. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite soups in Boston and encourage you to try every one on the list this season.
Deuxave’s French Onion Soup
Locals rave over this soup and we know exactly why. The onions aren’t just slowly caramelized; they’re cooked down for 9 hours. Oh, and the broth? It takes 3 whole days to make. Atop the soup sits a bone marrow crouton and comté cheese, making this the most divine on our list.
371 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
Sportello’s Tomato Soup
You can’t get any more classic than tomato soup. But what makes Sportello’s version a standout is the subtle kick of heat thanks to red pepper flakes. You get a decent-sized portion served with a drizzle of olive oil and a grilled cheese toast pint. It’s worth noting that they also sell pre-packaged containers, which tell us how popular it really is.
348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Bulfinch Social’s Hearty Sausage, Kale & White Bean Soup
We recently visited The Boxer Hotel and dined at their restaurant, Bulfinch Social. We can attest that this soup will hit the spot on a cold winter day. It’s on the more substantial side thanks to both sausage and kale, not to mention the side of grilled artisanal bread. But if there’s one ingredient that’ll convince you to try it, it’s the lemon scented crème fraîche. Don’t miss this Saturday’s episode to get a closer look.
107 Merrimac St, Boston, MA 02114
Mamaleh’s Matzo Ball Soup
When the matzo ball is so giant it fills half the cup, you’re in for a treat. This soup has a flavorful broth with an abundance of chicken and celery. When you can’t be bothered to make the family’s recipe, head over to Mamaleh’s for their version. Go hungry and order the half soup, half sandwich combo with hot pastrami. Thank us later.
15 Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA 02139
Sail Loft Clam Chowder
We wouldn’t be Bostonians if we didn’t include clam chowder on the list. What makes Sail Loft’s version so special is the abundance of dill. The mug that it’s served in comes, quite literally, overflowing with chowder. It’s rich, creamy, and loaded with clams, just the way New England clam chowder should be.
80 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
Branch Line’s Chicken Soup
You didn’t think we’d skip chicken soup, did you? Of course not. Branch Line’s chicken soup is the real deal. Made with rotisserie chicken and a healthy dose of lemon and oregano, this soup isn’t just the cure for a winter cold. It’s one you’ll daydream about long after eating it. Next time you’re sick and mom offers to make her recipe, save her some time and send her over to Branch Line instead. One bite in, we guarantee she won’t be offended.
321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472