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12 Soups to Help You Forget That Winter Sucks

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It's cold out, you guys, did you get the memo? Also, is everyone you know sick? Well, winter can be the worst, and there's no solution but time — and soup. Have you heard about soup? There's all sorts of kinds, and you can even buy it in restaurants, as long as you brave the cold to get to one.

To help you ditch whatever brand of funk you're currently in, here's a list of some favorite spicy, stewy, brothy and shroomy concoctions, available all over town. So, stop complaining, put on a scarf, and go get yourself a bowl. Good talk.


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1. 418 Public House

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418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117
(206) 783-0418
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Do you know about Birria de Res? You should. A hearty, slightly spicy red chile beef stew is just the ticket on these winter days. And with avocado, rice, and hot tortillas on the side, you’ll be back daily to brighten up your life. Not a beef fan? Try the pozole. It’s muy sabroso!
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2. Smith

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332 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
(206) 709-1900
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'Tis the season for wild mushrooms, and few restaurants get their wild mushroom soup as shroomily delicious as Smith’s is. The Derschang joint’s bowl is served with bone marrow croutons and has the perfect texture: at once textured and smooth, without being weighed down by copious amounts of cream. Get it while you can.
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3. Korean Tofu House

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4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 632-3119
When the weather outside is frightful… Heck, when it’s a Tuesday in the middle of August, it’s always the right time for the U. District institution’s kimchee tofu soup with pork (sundubu). This seriously addictive stew is served in a clay pot, as is the tradition, with some of the best banchan (sides) in town.
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4. Pestle Rock

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2305 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 466-6671
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Thai food is everywhere in Seattle, but Isan Thai is a little on the rare side. The food from northeastern Thailand is full of spice and sour flavors, and the Guay Tiow Tum Yum is among the best offerings at the Ballard restaurant. With thin rice noodles, Carlton Farms ground pork, crunchy green beans, ground peanuts, and rendered pork belly garlic, it’s all the things you need to recover from a cold or warm up your inside parts.
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5. Chef Liao

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6012 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 789-6441
Whoever decided that soup should be sour sometimes should get a really big medal. The hot and sour soup at this Phinney Chinese spot boasts fans from all over town who head on over for bowls of this goodness. Mushrooms and addictive broth are just the start, and the low price means you can eat it every day until tanktop season.
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6. Little Uncle Pioneer Square

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88 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 223-8529
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The menus at Wiley and P.K.’s little Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill spots are always changing, but if you see the braised beef stew or pork noodle soups on the menu, jump on em. The former is a gingery, spicy, noodle soup that will fill you up right. The latter, called Dom yam wun sen, features cellophane noodles, ground pork, sliced pork, and bok choy in broth. Both are amazeballs.
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7. TanakaSan

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2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121
(206) 812-8412
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There are lots of place to get ramen, but most bowls taste like disappointment. The TankaSan ramen features shoyu broth, pork belly, tons of mushrooms, a whole soft egg, miso smoked schmalz, and green apple for acid. The smoky flavor is just right with the fatty slabs of pork and apple bite.
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8. Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

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601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 432-9069
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Too much richness in a soup is a terrible thing. Okay, that’s not true at all, and the cauliflower and white truffle soup with dungeness crab and chervil proves that. Creamy cauliflower, funky, decadent white truffle, and fresh crab keep this favorite on the menu for eternity, which is good, because there’d be a riot if it left (take note, TP).
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9. Szechuan Noodle Bowl

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420 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 623-4198
Love tendon? Noodles? Beef? Soup that is so spicy, your own tears will salt the broth? Perfect, because the several Szechuan beef noodle soup varieties at this ID spot will keep you experimenting until you find your perfect level of spice, meat, and noodleness.
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10. Ba Bar

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550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122
(206) 328-2030
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Everyone loves pho, and many people love spending ten dollars for it — at least, as long as they’re getting the pho at Ba Bar or Monsoon. The Painted Hill oxtail and brisket/london broil varieties are the favorites, but the chicken sort gets plenty of followers in its own right.
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1. 418 Public House

418 NW 65th St, Seattle, WA 98117
Do you know about Birria de Res? You should. A hearty, slightly spicy red chile beef stew is just the ticket on these winter days. And with avocado, rice, and hot tortillas on the side, you’ll be back daily to brighten up your life. Not a beef fan? Try the pozole. It’s muy sabroso!
[Photo Credit]
418 NW 65th St
Seattle, WA 98117

2. Smith

332 15th Ave E, Seattle, WA 98112
'Tis the season for wild mushrooms, and few restaurants get their wild mushroom soup as shroomily delicious as Smith’s is. The Derschang joint’s bowl is served with bone marrow croutons and has the perfect texture: at once textured and smooth, without being weighed down by copious amounts of cream. Get it while you can.
[Photo Credit]
332 15th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112

3. Korean Tofu House

4142 Brooklyn Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98105
When the weather outside is frightful… Heck, when it’s a Tuesday in the middle of August, it’s always the right time for the U. District institution’s kimchee tofu soup with pork (sundubu). This seriously addictive stew is served in a clay pot, as is the tradition, with some of the best banchan (sides) in town.
[Photo Credit]
4142 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98105

4. Pestle Rock

2305 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Thai food is everywhere in Seattle, but Isan Thai is a little on the rare side. The food from northeastern Thailand is full of spice and sour flavors, and the Guay Tiow Tum Yum is among the best offerings at the Ballard restaurant. With thin rice noodles, Carlton Farms ground pork, crunchy green beans, ground peanuts, and rendered pork belly garlic, it’s all the things you need to recover from a cold or warm up your inside parts.
[Photo Credit]
2305 NW Market St
Seattle, WA 98107

5. Chef Liao

6012 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103
Whoever decided that soup should be sour sometimes should get a really big medal. The hot and sour soup at this Phinney Chinese spot boasts fans from all over town who head on over for bowls of this goodness. Mushrooms and addictive broth are just the start, and the low price means you can eat it every day until tanktop season.
[Photo Credit]
6012 Phinney Ave N
Seattle, WA 98103

6. Little Uncle Pioneer Square

88 Yesler Way, Seattle, WA 98104
The menus at Wiley and P.K.’s little Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill spots are always changing, but if you see the braised beef stew or pork noodle soups on the menu, jump on em. The former is a gingery, spicy, noodle soup that will fill you up right. The latter, called Dom yam wun sen, features cellophane noodles, ground pork, sliced pork, and bok choy in broth. Both are amazeballs.
[Photo Credit]
88 Yesler Way
Seattle, WA 98104

7. TanakaSan

2121 6th Ave, Seattle, WA 98121
There are lots of place to get ramen, but most bowls taste like disappointment. The TankaSan ramen features shoyu broth, pork belly, tons of mushrooms, a whole soft egg, miso smoked schmalz, and green apple for acid. The smoky flavor is just right with the fatty slabs of pork and apple bite.
[Photo Credit]
2121 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98121

8. Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge

601 Queen Anne Ave N, Seattle, WA 98109
Too much richness in a soup is a terrible thing. Okay, that’s not true at all, and the cauliflower and white truffle soup with dungeness crab and chervil proves that. Creamy cauliflower, funky, decadent white truffle, and fresh crab keep this favorite on the menu for eternity, which is good, because there’d be a riot if it left (take note, TP).
[Photo Credit]
601 Queen Anne Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109

9. Szechuan Noodle Bowl

420 8th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98104
Love tendon? Noodles? Beef? Soup that is so spicy, your own tears will salt the broth? Perfect, because the several Szechuan beef noodle soup varieties at this ID spot will keep you experimenting until you find your perfect level of spice, meat, and noodleness.
[Photo Credit]
420 8th Ave S
Seattle, WA 98104

10. Ba Bar

550 12th Ave, Seattle, WA 98122
Everyone loves pho, and many people love spending ten dollars for it — at least, as long as they’re getting the pho at Ba Bar or Monsoon. The Painted Hill oxtail and brisket/london broil varieties are the favorites, but the chicken sort gets plenty of followers in its own right.
[Photo Credit]
550 12th Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

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