The 11 Best Soups in Los Angeles
We’ll take the foie gras soup because we’re fancy
In the same way we never get tired of palm trees or Benedict Cumberbatch, soup is our go-to when we need something to make us feel warm and fuzzy. Here are the best bowls, the West Side to Silverlake, in a range of international cuisines with one common denominator: liquid deliciousness.
Miso Soup at True Food Kitchen
Need to start eating clean? This restaurant’s menu is dedicated to all things gluten- and dairy-free, vegetarian and vegan. The miso soup’s forward umami goodness is only better with crisp veggies.
Locations in Santa Monica, Pasadena and El Segundo; truefoodkitchen.com
Matzo Ball Soup at Langer’s
If you’re like us, you’ve had your fair share of matzo ball soup in this city. But we have to hand it to Langer’s for the modest-sized dumplings with a chewy texture in a light, golden broth. Yep, it might even beat your grandma’s (or your friend’s grandma’s).
704 S. Alvarado St.; 213-483-8050 or langersdeli.com
Jerusalem Artichoke Soup at Bestia
Pureed goodness that’s more filling than many clear soups—and thanks to fermented chiles, oregano and fried capers, more flavorful.
2121 E. Seventh Place; 213-514-5724 or bestiala.com
French Onion Soup at Little Next Door
A bowl of soup with the heartiness, rich flavor and satisfying crunch of a grilled cheese sandwich. The salted chicken and beef broth is laced with onions and topped with a thick slab of toasted crouton and a generous bubbling layer of melted Gruyère cheese. Country French dining at its best.
8142 W. Third St.; 323-951-1010 or littlenextdoor.com
Garlic Tomato Bisque at Granville Café
It’s the garlic toast floating in creamy goodness that really makes it special. OK, and the bique itself isn't too bad either.
Locations in Burbank, Glendale and Studio City; Granvillecafe.com
Tofu Pho at Pho 87
Pretty much the perfect soup to ward off that cold you feel coming on: a clean-tasting broth with lightly browned chunks of tofu (energy!) plus lime to squeeze in and fresh basil to shred on top (aromatics!). The clear, lightly salted broth is served with oyster sauce and hot sauce to make it as earthy and hot as you like it.
1019 N. Broadway; 323-227-0758 or yelp.com/biz/pho-87-los-angeles
Ramen at Silverlake Ramen
You might ask yourself where the depth of flavor comes from. Well, the broths are simmered for 16 hours and then loaded with soy sauce, dried seaweed, green onion, spinach and, of course, those addictive Chinese-style wheat noodles.
2927 Sunset Blvd.; 323-660-8100 or silverlakeramen.com
Foie Gras Floating Island at The Bazaar Beverly Hills
It tastes like a really good hot mushroom soup (with a deliciously fatty hint of goose liver) that’s then topped with cold corn espuma (that’s fancy molecular gastronomy talk for foam, FYI). Finally, it’s sprinkled with Corn Nuts and chives. Talk about decadent. (It’s offered only by the cup.)
465 S. La Cienega Blvd.; 310-246-5555 or sbe.com
Narathiwat Green Curry at Jitlada
The spice of life? It’s this curry-infused coconut milk and steamed rice noodles with chicken, which won’t bring tears to your eyes but will definitely wake up your palate.
5233½ W. Sunset Blvd.; 323-667-9809 or jitladala.com
Cioppino at Santa Monica Seafood
This take on fish stew originated among Italian-Americans in San Francisco with a mix of whatever the catch of the day is, including Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid and mussels. It’s served with fresh tomatoes in a wine sauce and a thick slice of crusty bread.
1000 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica; 310-393-5244 or santamonicaseafood.com
Chicken Noodle Soup at Greenblatt’s
The full name of this 1926 Los Angeles institution is Greenblatt’s Deli-Restaurant and Fine Wine Shop. But even if you pair it with a fine glass of Pinot Grigio, the saltines served alongside will take you back to childhood.
8017 Sunset Blvd.; 323-656-0935 or greenblattsdeli.com