By: Brianna Smith-Herman
When the weather turns colder… a comforting bowl of soup can hit the spot! Whether you prefer beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, veggies, and/or seafood; a broth or cream base; crackers or a bread bowl, there’s a soup for your every craving in Memphis. Some of the top chefs in the city spoon out the comforting slurp-worthy menu items regularly— but especially now that the temperatures are falling.
From a classic cup of chowder to a bowl of gumbo, find your favorite at these five soup places:
Bayou is known for there cajun style soups that come in a cup or bowl to suit your appetite.
The Soup Sampler is a perfect menu choice if you’re like me and tend to be indecisive. It allows you to try all 4 of their slurp delicious menu items. There is nothing better to represent a true taste of New Orleans than gumbo, a filling soup that’s prepared with either seafood or with duck and sausage at Bayou. The alligator chilli and the shrimp and crawfish bisque are also two other cajun style soups that are on the menu. The soup sampler is highly recommended.
The ramen is the signature dish at Flame Ramen– *hence the name*. It’s the newest Ramen place to open in the city, located on Union. Each bowl is packed with intense flavor and their menu has a variety of broth types to suit any tastebud. They’ve got the classic tonkotsu and miso, but don’t be afraid to shake it up with their super spicy, shio, or tan tan bowls. With toppings like a soft boiled egg, bamboo shoots, wood ear mushroom and more, this spot should definitely be on your list. Pro tip: grab the spicy ramen and gyoza and use some of the broth as a dipping sauce. So. Good.
Stone Soup Cafe & Market
The Cooper-Young restaurant Stone Soup is a great place to cozy, comforting, and humbly high-quality. They sell gourmet soup mixes that will help you create amazing dishes at home. Choose four from their lineup of Gumbolaya, Multi Vegetable, Parmesan Kale with Italian Sausage and Creamy Herbed Tomato Bisque. Stone Soup is all about fresh, locally-sourced and seasonal ingredients, and we love it’s dedication to local producers. Their signature Stone Soups are as hearty as they come, featuring local beef, smoked sausage, and other savory items. Each of their soups pairs perfectly with sandwiches, salads, wraps, and burgers.
Cheffie’s menu features a variety of seasonal soups made with the freshest ingredients. Rich, deli-style soups such as chicken tortilla, tomato basil, hearty vegetable, and chicken noodle, all served piping hot with wholesome ingredients. They also have a rotating selection of specialty soups to give you something new to experience with every visit.
Taco’s N Ganas
Taco’s N Ganas consomé is great to dip birria tacos in, but it’s also the perfect soup to just enjoy on a cold day. It’s a hearty soup that includes onion, potatoes, carrots, beef and a delicious blend of seasonings. The soup is served piping hot and delicious, the best way to describe it is… picture everything you love about a super savory and filling pot roast, in a soup that’s packed with even more flavor and comfort.
Be sure to let us know your favorite soup place in the comments!