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Soup: The Ultimate Comfort Food

Published: October 07, 2021

 

Nothing soothes and warms the soul like a bowl of delicious hot soup, particularly on a wet, blustery winter day. Wrap your hands around a cup of soup to go, or order a quart to take home to the family or drop off at your neighbor's house — because everyone needs love these days and soup is all-purpose nourishment!

Here is a shortcut to comfort food that doesn't require you to chop onions and stand over the simmering pot for hours. Pick your dining destination by these restaurants' signature soups.

Here are some local favorites:

Beer Cheese Soup

Bier Stein Bottle Shop and Pub

The Bier Stein's signature cheese soup is creamy comfort with all the right flavors is served up to go or in their outdoor tent. Of course you'll want a frothy cold beer with that and a Bavarian soft pretzel. At six feet spacing, no one will notice if you are dipping your pretzel in your soup. Go on, do it!

Tom Kha Gai

Tom Kha soup in a young coconut with lime, flowers and chopsticks in the scene.
Sabai

Sabai's tom kha is a delightful combination of coconut, kaffir, galangal, lemongrass, cabbage, mushrooms, onions, cilantro and lime. Refreshing and mouthwatering, just right to serve alongside a favorite curry.

Chicken Noodle Soup 

Noodles & Company

Available everyday, Noodles & Company offers a classic and good Chicken Noodle Soup made with wavy egg noodles. 

Chili

Tacovore

Something about chili matches winter, I suppose that is why it is always served in ski lodges. In town, Tacovore's black bean chili is a meal unto itself with chips on the side. Order it with beef, chicken or cheddar cheese. Of course one of their house-made margaritas will pair perfectly. But call ahead to make sure a pot is on the stove, as they vary the soup menu.

Cornucopia

Cornucopoia's comfort food isn't limited to pot pies, mac 'n cheese and burgers. They also dish up a delicious vegetarian chili topped with grated cheeses, sour cream, green onions and onion rings.

Tomato Soup

The Glenwood

The Glenwood's tomato cheese soup is a show stopper and has been a dining draw for decades. Enjoy its straightforward tomato base with plenty of herbs and cheese perfectly stirred in. Pair a warm bowl of soup with a heaping basket of their tasty French fries and/or their "Alder Street Special" sandwich packed with turkey, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheese. Pick up from their two locations, one in South Eugene (now with a drive thru window!) and one near the University of Oregon campus.

Cioppino 

The Fisherman's Market

The Fisherman's Market ladles out a robust fisherman's seafood stew alongside fish and chips, crab cocktail and calamari. The savory tomato stock is thick with shrimp, fish, herbs and onions. It is the perfect way to warm up on a cold, foggy day — and you didn't even have to go to sea to benefit from that morning's bountiful fishing haul!

Clam Chowder

The Fisherman's Market

Yes, The Fisherman's Market does it again with their New England-style clam chowder. Creamy and chock full of clams, they certainly deserve the fanfare garnered from being featured on the TV program "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives". 

And for all those chowder fans, if you want to combine a coastal experience with sipping your soup, consider exploring one of Florence's top chowder shops. Old Town Florence has mighty good chowder too!

Pho

Pho the Good Times

Of course you are going to get your pho here... it is the best! Their broth is prepared daily and garnished with bean sprouts, cilantro, Thai basil, jalapeño slices and lime. Pho the Good Times has bowls featuring brisket, pork belly, seafood and tofu.

French Onion Soup

Provisions Market Hall & Provisions South

Provisions does French onion soup like the French with classic beef broth and caramelized onions. Topped with brioche toast and gruyere cheese, this is the perfect palate warmer for their outdoor seating, or, packaged to go. 

Ramen & Miso

A bowl of ramen with chicken meatballs.

There are two places to enjoy — both very different. 

Izakaya Meiji

The Whiteaker neighborhood's foodie gem, Izakaya Meiji, offers a complex and delicious ramen with tantalizing flavors orchestrated by the chef. Try their "Tsukune Ramen" with chicken meatballs, ginger, negs, white shoyu egg, boy chop, fermented mustard greens, black fungus, ao nori and yuzu-kosho. Order a sake too!

Toshi's Ramen

At Toshi's Ramen, you assemble your own flavor compositions by choosing your broth first and then your ramen. Add on bean sprouts, bamboo shoots, wake or marinated pork as desired. Their broth and noodles are made fresh daily.

Remember "Soup Nation"?

This fantastic start-up soup restaurant received national visibility on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and was the precursor kitchen to today's Carte Blanche Caterers. Now Carte Blanche has revived their popular soups and you can pick them up to go by the four-pack. Stick them in your freezer and never be caught short on soup again!

Author: Taj Barnhart Morgan

Taj Barnhart Morgan is the Director of Content Strategy for Travel Lane County. A journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, Taj has two decades of special event management and hospitality marketing experience in San Diego, CA and Maui, HI. Passionate about mothering, and back to her Oregon roots, she is discovering the Eugene, Cascades & Coast region all over again through the eyes of her daughter.