10 Best Soups In Los Angeles
|Velvet Tomato Soup at Cube|
Cube is a near-perfect restaurant that blissfully serves tomato soup and cheese in one happy co-mingling bowl instead of insisting that the cheese be grilled with bread first. Using farmers market produce and a Quebec cheddar that has a tangy sharpness, it is soup-joy realized. 615 N. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles; (323) 939-1148.
3. Ciorba de Perisoare at Sabina's European Restaurant:
Rachael Narins Ciorba de Perisoare
If you have even the tiniest drop of Northern or Eastern European blood in you, this soup will sing to your primal soul. The bowl of Romanian soup is large enough to be classified as a tureen and a half a loaf of sliced white bread, a dish of sour cream and a chile pepper are served alongside. Oh, and a plate of smallish pickles for good measure. All that, dear readers, for less than $3. The soup itself has three large pork meatballs mixed with rice to bind them; the broth is chicken, and the vegetables are the standard root-varieties. The whole thing is flecked through with fresh dill, a hefty dose of garlic and a bit of sweet onion. This is what soup is meant to be. 1253 Vine Street, Los Angeles; (323) 469-9522.
2. New England Clam Chowder at Santa Monica Seafood:
Rachael Narins New England Clam Chowder at Santa Monica Seafood
Santa Monica Seafood will try to tempt you with something called fish soup and that pretender to the throne, Manhattan clam chowder -- but the real winner here is the New England clam chowder. What did you expect. Be warned that the "cup" size is enough for two. (We don't know who can power down what they call a bowl.) Nonetheless, in both you will find large, sweet bits and morsels of chewy clams suspended in a lush, potato and cream broth with onion and leek. Served with oyster crackers as proper tradition insists. 1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; (310) 393-5244.
And for our top pick...
121 N. San Fernando Blvd., Burbank, CA