My Five Favorite Bowls of Soup in Dallas

Categories: Best Of Dallas

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Last week I published a blog post about an object of my affection: a steaming bowl of seafood laden soup from Veracruz Cafe. In the comments, CitizenKane seemed just as smitten, and asked about other bowls of soups and stews that were worth checking out. Since the mercury is rising, and soup may no longer be in fashion again till fall, I thought I'd compile my favorite bowls in no particular order. Get yours before it's hot.

Tei-An's Ramen (pictured above)
It's still my favorite. Tei-an's ramen was a simple and delicately prepared bowl of soup. It was poetic, and as I type this I'm tempted to alter my lunch plans for the next few days. I'm even tempted to have a second lunch.

*****

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Cuquita's Pozole
Loaded with hominy and huge hunks of tender pork, Cuquita's pozole needed a little salt, but that error didn't stop me from craving spoonful after spoonful. It came with a bowl of onions and limes and cold, crunchy cabbage for garnishing and was more than worth the drive to Farmer's Branch.

*****

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Korea House's Spicy Fish Soup
Hangovers beware: this bowl packs a serious punch. You may encounter a bone or two (it's a rustic stew), so eat carefully, but make sure you indulge all the delicious condiments the wait staff serves alongside the bowl. From pickled radishes to pickled fishes, every bite is a unique and interesting experience.

*****

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Lemongrass' Pho
If only this bowl had a little more Vietnam in it. The broth is exquisite, light and beefy, though the cinnamon and other sweet spices are strong. The thinly sliced raw beef is a pleasure to slide in your bowl and watch gently simmer in the steaming broth. And at lunch an order comes with a nice chicken salad plate, and a peeled orange when you're finished. The only thing missing is the tripe, tendon and other rustic cuts that give great pho its character. I still think it may be Dallas' best Pho that's reasonably close to the city center.

*****

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Veracruz Cafe's Sopa de Atlahua
I'm not sure what else I can say. I ate this soup on Tuesday, wrote about it on Thursday and still this week it sits at the very front of my mind. Veracruz Cafe's fish stew was good enough to set off this whole thing, I can't wait to order another bowl.


Location Info

Tei-An

1722 Routh St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Korea House

2598 Royal Lane, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Veracruz Café

408 N. Bishop, Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

Lemongrass

2711 Elm St., Dallas, TX

Category: Restaurant

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37 comments
veruszetec
veruszetec

I know I'mma get blasted for this, since it's a chain, but I'm just going to say it. (Taylor Swift, I'mma let you finish.)

Saltgrass's Chicken Tortilla Soup is the best soup evar.

And yes, I know it's more of a chowder. Shut up and eat.


CitizenKane
CitizenKane

Scott:  Nice report........I think soups can be a summertime affair; especially given the abundance of fresh garden vegtables.......unfortunately, dallas seems void of summertime soup and stews.

There is another food angle for you.

Thanks.

ts
ts

When are Kergo and Jon going to get it over with already, and share a bowl of pasta Lady and the Tramp style?  

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

What?  No JD today to correct us all, and regale the possibilities of the Interwebs?  Boyfriend must be in town.  WHAT WILL TWITTER DO?  

primi timpano
primi timpano

Seafood or fish soup from the Seafood Shack on Josey, caldos and menudo at El Taqueria on Grand, Red Beans and Rice (Mondays) at Houston's or whatever it calls itself.  Shrimp and pork dumpling soup at First Chinese BBQ

Under salted is fine with me. Personally I find too much salt at all types of restaurants. Cuquitas also has very good homemade corn tortillas.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

What, no Olive Garden minestrone? For shame!

And yes, kidding. My favorite soup is probably Fishmonger's Tortilla Soup.

And you can't criticize this blog without at least mentioning that 50% of the posts are about drinking. Come on now.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Reference the posole (not "pazole") soup needing salt from Cuquita's mentioned above:I noticed most all the food there is somewhat under salted. If, like the guacamole, not salted at all.

My preference is the Albondiga soup from Pepe & Mito's. Which unfortunately, although delicious, is over salted! As is the matzoh ball soup from Gio's Deli. Very good but also, too salty!

Honcho
Honcho

Marshmallow soup from No. 1 Rise is my favorite by far.

Sarcasm_Font
Sarcasm_Font

 As much as I come to enjoy this blog every day, I am noticing a trend. Ideas are running thin. No offense but between soup, burgers, tacos and that asshole chef who everyone thinks is God, this blog is wore out.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Ohh, I don't think I could watch that. Hey! Who would be the "lady" and, who would be the "tramp"?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

please dont wish such things upon kergo.

twinwillow
twinwillow

Don't knock him, Kerg's. He's been defending our masculinity per his above reply to that moronic queer Neanderthal, "Slewfoot".

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

I really don't judge people by who they fuck. Or by what animal they fuck, in ScottsMerkin's case

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

be careful, he will do what he did to sybils beaver, pull your twitter stats, tell you that you are a jock sniffer and that your profile inconsequential to twitter and that all your followers are bots.  apparently he thinks he matters to twitter, but all he does is jock sniff all the foodies from here and D, and sends stories to wilonsky

twinwillow
twinwillow

Shit! Thanks, Primi. I totally forgot about the fk'n fantastic, "shrimp won-ton" soup at FCBBQ!Their "chicken and corn" soup isn't too shabby either. Especially when ordered with chopped cilantro in it!

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Fishmongers.....you rock!  I didn't see you as a Plano denizen?!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I like herreras on maple chicken tortilla soup, especially on Friday when its on special. 

primi timpano
primi timpano

 I think "posole" may also be acceptable.  Personally prefer the verde to the roja.

CitizenKane
CitizenKane

I strongly disagree;  I think CofA food coverage is stronger now that it has ever been.  In addition, I think the production quality (pixs, formate, editing, etc.) is very good.

Nick R.
Nick R.

You saw we deep fried a marshmallow peep yesterday? And encrusted lamb with jelly beans? Just sayyyinnnn.

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

The bigger question is - does anyone under 50 even get that reference

ts
ts

Glen:  ....It's a crazy world. H.I.:  Someone oughta sell tickets. Glen: Sure, I'd buy one. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

hmm, you have a severe problem sir.  Your posts are degrading by the minute and humor is totally gone.  You are just one step from offing yourself (not really).  I hadnt brought your wife into the conversation so why must you call mine an animal? 

twinwillow
twinwillow

Yo, Kerg's. Where you been, man?

twinwillow
twinwillow

I think, "posole" is the correct spelling. Without the "z".

Sarcasm_Font
Sarcasm_Font

 I stand corrected!! Carry on!! Carry on!!

therrick
therrick

 Yes. A lot of parents show Disney movies to their kids.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Ive never told you that, I think anyone that reads CoA or unfair park knows that.  Didnt you read the article on the batshit crazy AA flight attendant a few weeks back?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

you are married? You told me you were single

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

You do realize that enlightened people know that hetero dudes who make derogatory gay jokes  do so because they are latently gay, but are fearful of their own feelings?

It's like teenagers who are insecure calling each other "fag"

Slewfoot
Slewfoot

Would you two just make a date to meet at Zippers already?

Nick R.
Nick R.

Haha. No seriously, though--thanks for reading!

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