by Andrew Van Heusden
Fort Worth is experiencing an especially cold winter this year (it’s not 20 degrees anymore, thank goodness), but this type of weather is making us crave a hot bowl of soup. Here are a few local bowls that will warm you up while you fill up.
Photo from Lucile's Stateside Bistro Facebook page
A cup of this creamy lobster bisque with bread on the side is a hearty dinner or lunch option that will take you from cool to cozy.
Usually noted for its deli-style sandwiches, Carshon’s, one of the oldest restaurants in Fort Worth, also has an extensive selection of soups and chilis. You can't go wrong with chicken noodle.
Photo from Little Red Wasp Facebook page
This eatery in the center of downtown Fort Worth serves a no-frills tomato basil soup topped with herb croutons. Grab a bowl at the bar and ask a bartender which of the local craft brews would pair best.
Curried Sweet Potato Soup from HG Sply Co.
You might not be up for sitting on HG Sply Co.’s pretty patio in this weather, but head inside for a cup or bowl of Curried Sweet Potato Soup, made with coconut milk and yellow curry and topped with shaved honey garlic Brussels sprouts, candied pepitas and pomegranate seeds.
Jalapeño and Cilantro Soup from Reata
Photo from Reata website
Jalapeño peppers mix with a hearty dose of cilantro, cream, tomato and avocado, for one of the most popular soups from this downtown institution.
Marshmallow Soup from Rise No. 3
Rise No. 3 at The Shops at Clearfork is all the buzz right now — especially for its Marshmallow Soup. This tomato-based soup is topped off with goat cheese (shaped like marshmallows) and garnished with pesto.
Photo from Pho Noodle & Grill Facebook page
This west Fort Worth favorite serves a mean Pho-Beef Noodle Soup. Customers might label it spicy, but the meat is what sells the dish.
Photo from Pho District Facebook page
Filet mignon, meatballs, and brisket all served up in one dish — it’s a meat lover’s dream. The broth is cooked overnight, which is what keeps the flavor going.
“Pho”-Kin Soup from MASH’D
Photo from MASH'D Facebook page
The “Pho”-Kin Soup is one of the pricier soups on this list, but a soup with housemade shrimp stock, fresh shucked sweet corn, and rice noodles should not go unnoticed.
This local restaurant chain only serves two soups, but opt for the Cheese Broccoli. It’s your classic broccoli cheese soup, but the touch of bacon is the game changer.
Photo from Cannon Chinese Kitchen Facebook page
Cannon Chinese Kitchen’s wonton soup keeps it simple with two pork and shrimp wontons in special house broth. While the menu says it’s “perfect for sharing,” it’s probably best enjoyed alone.
Tomato Soup (and Grilled Cheese) from Press Cafe
Nothing screams more simple, and delicious, than a grilled cheese with tomato soup. It’s similar to the yin and yang theory, you cannot — or shouldn’t — have one without the other. Such is the case with Press Cafe’s Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup, which are always served together.
Photo from Oni Ramen website
This ramen showcases a “demon-spiced” broth with pork belly as the main meat. If you dare, ask the workers about the Oni Reaper challenge.