The 12 Best Soups in Los Angeles
In Los Angeles, our wealth of cultures means a jackpot of soups. You’ve got your Vietnamese pho, your Korean ox-bone broth, your New England clam chowder…the list goes on. They're satisfying, healthy and are ready with no long waits in between ordering and the get-in-my-belly part. Make a mental bookmark of these, because there are none tastier in the city and there’s no better cure for the common cold or the late-night munchies.
Laksa at Cassia
At this Southeast Asian restaurant, rice noodles in a spicy coconut-seafood stew is the just what you want on a cold day. Or a rainy day. Or, failing that, Angelenos, any time you want to be perked up by this flavorful and protein-packed dish.
1314 Seventh St., Santa Monica; 310-393-6699 or cassiala.com
Pho at Pho Café
In a sketchy little strip mall in Silverlake, this bright little Vietnamese home cooking restaurant serves swimming-pool-sized bowls of pho to locals draped over the modernist chairs, inhaling basil-scented steam. Imagine a hungover waiting room for a clinic by Design Within Reach—this is it.
2841 W. Sunset Blvd.; 213-413-0888
French Onion Soup at Petit Trois
Be silent the critics extolling the escargot here; let us now praise an infamous soupe a l’oignon. This perfectly salted broth with caramelized onions topped with a crusty cap of Emmental and Gruyère cheeses transports you to Paris, especially when washed down with a glass of vin ordinaire while you’re sitting at the bar.
718 N. Highland Ave.; 323-268-8916 or petittrois.com
Ramen at Silverlake Ramen
It’s like the roulette wheel of ramen up in here, with spicy, vegetarian and meaty varieties to try to your heart’s content. We’re partial to the tonkotsu flavored with pork belly and scallions.
2927 Sunset Blvd.; 323-660-8100 or silverlakeramen.com
Bone Broth at Han Bat Shul Lung Tang
Angelenos’ favorite hangover cure is served up steaming and to your liking at this Koreatown restaurant. You’ll order the seolleongtang, which is made by boiling down beef bones for hours until the broth is milky white. Choose brisket as your add-in meat, then garnish with a bit of salt and green onion. And hydrate, for goodness’ sake.
4163 W. Fifth St.; 213-388-9499 or hanbatshullungtang.com
Clam Chowder at Connie & Ted’s
It’s a polarizing issue: Do you prefer Manhattan (tomatoey goodness), New England (smooth and creamy), or Rhode Island (clear-brothed and fresh) clam chowder? This popular seafood spot excels at all three, so your table should order them all to keep the lines of communication open.
8171 Santa Monica Blvd., West Hollywood; 323-848-2722 or connieandteds.com
Fennel soup at Soupelina
This soup delivery company began when its owner started whipping up vegan soups to aid in her strength fighting aggressive breast cancer. Eight years later, she’s selling soup (rather than juice) cleanses and individual pints of the clean, aromatic and vegan offerings including this savory blend of fennel, celery root, leeks and garlic.
Pozole at Loteria
This traditional Mexican stew uses hominy (treated corn kernels) and pork broth as a base, then you DIY your seasoning with shredded cabbage, chiles, onion, garlic, radishes, avocado, salsa or lime. And it’s only half a meal without the accompanying cerveza.
Locations in Hollywood, DTLA and the Original Farmers Market; loteriagrill.com
Lentil soup at Joan’s on Third
Hangry newbies grouse over this Pottery Barn-manqué café-deli where the beautiful people swan next to still lifes of attractively labeled rosés. However, those same cranks put a sock in it when they settle down over a bowl of humble and hearty lentil soup that’s got a smoky depth you never quite achieve at home.
West Third Street and Studio City; joansonthird.com
Wonton Soup at Din Tai Fung
The porky goodness of this broth, combined with a plentiful serving of pork and veggie wontons is the exact opposite of the bland, flavorless appetizer with a lonely dumpling or two bouncing around in the bowl that you might expect from a lesser Chinese restaurant. This iteration, however, is worthy of an entire meal.
At Americana at the Brand, 177 Caruso Ave., Glendale; 818-551-5561 or dintaifungusa.com
Matzoh Ball Soup at Langer’s Deli
This Jewish deli really cares about us. Know how we know? ’Cause it’ll fill a Mason jar up with its golden broth and chewy dumplings, and run it out to the curb for us to take back to the office. No spills + major convenience = soup heaven.
704 S. Alvarado St.; 213-483-8050 or langersdeli.com
Jungle Curry at Jitlada
You think you love the heat? Hit this beloved Hollywood restaurant specializing in southern Thai dishes. Adventurous eaters flock here for the hyper-spicy curries like this one, a mélange of pork spare ribs and veggies including Thai eggplant, which softens as it cooks and absorbs even more of the spice.
5233 1/2 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-667-9809 or jitladala.com