Soup is the perfect winter food. It’s comforting, warming and filling. Truly – what is more satisfying than a hot bowl of soup on a chilly winter day? Here is a roundup of some of the best soups around town. Grab a spoon and dig in!
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Chonqi Little Noodle at Home Taste
3106 Delaware Ave, Kenmore
This soup is a party in your mouth and one of the most flavorful dishes I’ve had. A spicy, numbing Szechuan broth full of minced pork, greens, noodles, and peanuts, this soup packs a seriously delicious punch. With the heat from the Szechuan, this is also a great option if you’re feeling under the weather.
Avgolemono from Kostas
1561 Hertel Ave, Buffalo
Avgolemono is a Greek favorite of mine, and Kostas is one of Buffalo’s most classic Greek diners. A tasty, thick soup with a bright lemony flavor, Kostas makes a wonderful version that really hits the spot.
Braised Short Rib Soup from Neat
5175 Transit Rd, Williamsville
There’s a reason this soup is award-winning. Savory and creamy, the braised short rib soup at Neat is incredible and one-of-a-kind. It’s full of hearty chunks of short rib and is sure to leave you meat-lovers satiated.
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Pho from Pho Kim Chi
3398 Bailey Ave, Buffalo
Located in Lackawanna, Pho Kim Chi serves one of the best bowls of Pho in Buffalo. Each order of pho comes with all the fixings – bean sprouts, fresh basil, cilantro, limes and jalapenos. Their House Special Spicy Kimchi Noodle Soup is something special, but you can’t go wrong with any of their steaming bowls of pho.
Curry at As-Salam Diner & Kabab House
1389 Bailey Ave, Buffalo
You might try to argue that curry is more of a sauce and not a soup, but it’s served with a spoon and delicious, so it deserves to be on this list. As-Salam is an Indian and Pakistani restaurant, and all their curries are flavorful, fragrant and spiced to perfection. If you’re still not convinced that a curry is a soup, they also offer a hearty lentil soup that does have the word ‘soup’ in the title, so there’s no arguing that.
French Onion at The Gateway Café & Grill
561 Main St in Tonawanda
The French were seriously onto something when they came up with their onion soup. It’s hard not to love a rich bowl of oniony soup topped with sizzling cheese. I love when it’s served in a more traditional ceramic crock and the cheese bubbles over the sides, and The Gateway Café & Grill serves up an excellent version that ticks all the French onion soup boxes.
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Tomato Basil at Buffalo Melting Point
244 Allen St, Buffalo
Though I first went to Buffalo Melting Point for a grilled cheese sandwich, it was the side of tomato basil soup that really had me hooked. The tomato basil soup at this spot is rich and flavorful. Getting a grilled cheese sandwich and dunking it in Buffalo Melting Point’s perfect Tomato Basil soup is true comfort.
Pickle Soup at Morluski’s Polish & Italian Cuisine
10678 Main St in Clarence
I know what you’re thinking – pickle soup? Properly called Ogorkowa in Polish, this traditional and flavorful soup is a must-try! Morluski’s takes their in-house vegetable broth and fills it with pickles, carrots, potatoes, fresh dill and a dollop of sour cream to create this classic dish.
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Various Soups at Café Godot
388 Porter Ave, Buffalo
Café Godot has a rotating seasonal selection of soups, and every single one I’ve tried has been a knockout. The owners of this spot have Korean and Polish connections, so you can expect options like a homestyle soup with cabbage and Polish sausage or a flavorful Korean inspired soup with gochujang. This café also caters to vegans and vegetarians, so there is usually a vegan soup option as well!
Spicy Chicken Ramen from Thang’s Family Restaurant in the West Side Bazaar
25 Grant St, Buffalo
The West Side Bazaar is a small business incubator on Buffalo’s West Side that offers space and support for refugees and immigrants to start and grow businesses and share their cultures with the community. Thang’s Family Restaurant is located in the bazaar and serving casual Japanese comfort food with Burmese and Malaysian influences. The spicy chicken ramen is outstanding, and eating it in the winter feels like a warm hug.