This article was originally published on November 13, 2017.
What are the tastiest soups in Charlotte?
A few weeks ago, we surveyed our 31,000 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.
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.
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.
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.
Chicken Tortilla – Cantina 1511
Traditional soup of pulled chicken in a fresh vegetable broth, topped with Mexican cheese, tortilla chips and fresh avocado.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Amelie’s has three different soup sizes – cup $3.99 – bowl $5.59 – quart (to-go only) $10.59
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.
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.
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.
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.