15 most-loved soups in Charlotte, including a soup from Moosehead

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What are the tastiest soups in Charlotte?

A few weeks ago, we surveyed our 30,000 daily Agenda newsletter subscribers and asked them about their favorite soup in town. Thousands and thousands of responses flowed in including, “Sabor queso” and “Jam Session IPA Noda Brewing” and “Roxbury Basement at 1:55 a.m.” I like soup jokes. A lot.

Let me also say that we haven’t developed into a first-class soup city.

There’s a big financial opportunity for a soup restaurant to dominate our city’s soup scene. One reader specifically mentioned, “We need a place like Revolutionary Soup in Charlottesville, VA to open in Charlotte.”

OK, here’s a look at the 15 most beloved soups in Charlotte. The list is in no specific order.

[Note: Against my betterjudgmentt, Futo Buta’s ramen was included on this list – even though I think ramen is a noodle dish, not a soup. Additionally, Lupie’s chili got a ton of votes, but chili isn’t a soup, so it’s not on this list.]


Baked French Onion Soup – 300 East

Baked provolone with croutons for $6.50 served inside 300 East’s old school Dilworth space.

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New England Clam Chowdah – Moosehead Grill

This $5.95 soup is described as “wicked good.” Don’t be fooled by Moosehead’s Montford neighborhood bar vibe, the soup is legit. Lovely big chunks of clam. Wash it down with an order of Moosehead wings.

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Broccoli Cheddar – Panera Bread

This was the #1 most loved soup in Charlotte (by a large margin). Inside this 365-calorie soup is chopped broccoli, shredded carrots and select seasonings simmered in a velvety smooth cheese sauce.

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I love Panera, but I’m not sure what this says about out city’s soup game… soup shot via Panera


Lobster Bisque – BrickTop’s

This $12 soup with fresh Maine lobster, cream and brandy is a huge hit in SouthPark. The lobster comes in alive to the restaurant every morning — that’s how fresh it is.

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Chicken Tortilla – Cantina 1511

Traditional soup of pulled chicken in a fresh vegetable broth, topped with Mexican cheese, tortilla chips and fresh avocado.

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She Crab Soup – Eddie’s Place

Eddie’s Place may be known for their breakfast all day, but you’ll learn why they do about 150-200 She Crab soups each day after you give it a shot. A bowl is $6.95 and comes with two giant pieces of salted, warm bread.

In addition to the She Crab, Eddie’s also has a hearty Chicken & Sausage Gumbo soup.


Red Pepper Gouda – Dean and DeLuca

Charlotte loves this soup. The chunks of red pepper add a great texture to this perfect soup for a cold day.

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Curry Laska – CO

What’s inside? Shrimp, shredded chicken, bun rice noodles, shredded cucumber, thai basil, baby bok choy, served in a spicy coconut broth for $15.

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Spicy Crab Soup – Alexander Michael’s

Served in a perfectly cozy historic Fourth Ward home, the Spicy Crab Soup has a perfect mix of crab and spice. A cup runs $3.95 and a bowl $4.95. Grab a booth and if you need a sandwich too – go with their reuben.

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Cauliflower Soup – Barrington’s

A top 5 restaurant in Charlotte, Barrington’s lovers are huge fans of their Cauliflower Soup with shaved black truffle, North Carolina lump crab and mascarpone. It’ll run you $11 at this intimate SouthPark restaurant.

Cauliflower Soup from Barrington’s southpark

 


Sopa De Pollo – Viva Chicken

What’s inside? Pulled rotisserie chicken, homemade chicken broth, cilantro infused rice, green onions, red onions, red peppers and cilantro.

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Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup – Amelie’s

Amelie’s hit soups are their Spinach Asparagus Leek Soup and their Spicy Thai Soup. They also come out with seasonal soups four times a year. This years Autumn flavors include: Butternut Squash Soup, Pumpkin Bisque, Roasted Root Vegetable, Tomato Crab Bisque, Portobello Mushroom + Onion Soup, and Roasted Cauliflower.

Amelie’s has three different soup sizes – cup $3.99 – bowl $5.59 – quart (to-go only) $10.59

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Chicken Tortilla Soup – Paco’s Tacos

What’s inside? Poached chicken, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes and chilies. Garnished with avocado, lime and a jalapeño. A cup is only $3, bowls are $5.

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Tom Kha – Thai Taste

Tom Kha is their coconut cream soup with mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, galanga, cilantro and lemon grass.

Another top soup seller is Thai Taste’s “Tom Yum” – a slightly sour spicy soup with herbs, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and mushrooms.

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Tonkotsu Ramen – Futo Buta

What’s inside this $14 ramen dish? Pork bone broth, pecan smoked pork belly, scallion, organic mushroom, onsen egg, pickled ginger, nori, sesame and black garlic.

Futo Buta offers 8 different ramen bowls. Other popular choices include their Miso Ramen, Fire & Ice Ramen and Chizu Ramen.

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Our Agenda office got into an internal fight on whether ramen is a soup or not. I say no, it’s a noodle dish — but it received an overwhelming amount of mention in our survey, so I had to include it. via Facebook


Honorable mention to Lang Van’s pho, Bedder Bedder More (all soups), Fenwick’s tomato soup, Dandelion Market’s tomato soup, Pio Pio’s chicken soup, Newk’s (all soups), Beef N Bottle’s French Onion, The Palm’s Lobster Bisque, King’s Kitchen (all soups), Rooster’s tomato bisque and Olive Garden’s Zuppa Toscana soup.

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