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Union Special's Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese | Photo courtesy of Union Special on Instagram

7 Soup-er Soups in Raleigh

In December 2021/January 2022, Eat, Web Exclusive by Lauren Kruchten1 Comment

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WEB EXCLUSIVE Slurp up these 7 soups around town when you’re feeling the winter blues.

“Gorgeous, gorgeous girls (and guys) love soup…” After Raleigh’s second official snowfall/ice storm of the year (plus freezing temps), we can officially declare that it’s #SoupSzn. And nothing makes miso happy on a cold day than a big ol’ bowl of hot soup. Here, we roundup some of the most delicious soups in town to keep you warm even when the degrees drop below freezing.

Union Special’s Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese

Everything you love about a cheeseburger is put into soup form via Wye Hill’s new Cheeseburger Chowder, a cozy soup starring American cheese, pickles and french fries. Served on Wye Hill’s heated and covered patio, it’s a sure way to cure the winter blues.

Wye Hill’s Cheeseburger Chowder

Nothing takes you back to your childhood like a tomato soup and grilled cheese combo, which gets an adult upgrade at Union Special. And, yes, dipping is encouraged. 

St. Roch’s Gumbo

Cold-weather comfort—New Orleans style. St. Roch’s hearty gumbo stars andouille, chicken, red potato salad and trout roe—and is guaranteed to warm you up, no matter how cold your heart may be.

Carroll’s Kitchen’s Chicken Velvet Soup

Comfort meets kindness with a cup or bowl of Carroll’s Kitchen’s chicken velvet soup—made with a creamy chicken broth, grilled chicken and fresh herbs—makes for a soup-erb lunch, not only because it’s delicious, but also because it helps support the nonprofit’s mission of providing employment for women overcoming traumas like addiction, homelessness, incarceration and domestic violence.

Sola Coffee Cafe’s Chicken Chili

When it’s a little chili out, turn to Sola’s nourishing chicken chili served with your choice of gluten-free whole grain chips or a baguette. 

Noodle Boulevard’s Chicken Curry Ramen

Noodle Boulevard’s ramens are pure comfort in a bowl. Our current fave is the chicken curry ramen, which combines everything you love about curry with a big, hot bowl of noodle soup. Ahh, we’re feeling warmer already!

My Way Tavern’s Soup of the Week

The best surprise is one that involves soup. My Way Tavern keeps things interesting with a rotating soup of the week—the broccoli cheddar is a hit (just look at how gooey and cheesy!), but loaded potato soup and clam chowder have also been known to grace the menu. 

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  1. Lauren, I truly appreciate your efforts to capture the artistry of the Raleigh soup scene. However, as a life-long Raleigh resident I would respectfully add three restaurants for your consideration. Firstly, Caroline Morrison is arguably the most underrated chef in Raleigh (if not the Triangle). I have been privy to her soup since Fiction Kitchen opened, and she never ceases to amaze me with what she can do with a vegetable (and no dairy). Her soups are consistently brilliant. Secondly, Jake Wolf (Capital Club 16) puts love into everything he creates, but his soups are still underappreciated. The creativity of his main dishes overshadow the simple brilliance of his soup appetizers. Finally, David Mao has been making the finest hot & sour soup in the Triangle for over 30 years. It is rumored to have magical healing properties, and I have been the benefiary of it’s power on many occasions. Just ask anyone who has ever eaten at Mandarin House, Duck & Dumpling, or his current David’s Noddle Shop. I love the gumbo at St. Roche, and will try the soups on your list of which I’m unfamiliar. I employ you, if you haven’t, to do the same.

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