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A Spoonful of Comfort: Soups Galore

Pooja Salhotra
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  • Caldo de Pollo

    The Buzz editorial team loves the Caldo de Pollo from Tamales Don Pepe. It’s great with Mexican Rice, chopped jalapenos and avocados. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

  • Matzoh ball soup

    Nothing like a bowl of matzoh ball soup from Kenny & Ziggy’s. (Photo: Debora Smail) 

  • Butternut squash soup

    Pictured here is the butternut squash soup from H.S. Green. 

  • Tomato basil soup

    This tomato basil soup is a hit at Le Madeleine. (Photo: @lamadeleinecafe

  • Chicken veggie soup

    McHugh Tea’s chicken veggie soup is both healthful and flavorful. (Photo courtesy of McHugh Tea)

  • Cream of mushroom

    Paulie’s has various soups on their menu, including this decadent cream of mushroom. (Photo: Paulie’s)

  • Caldo de Pollo
  • Matzoh ball soup
  • Butternut squash soup
  • Tomato basil soup
  • Chicken veggie soup
  • Cream of mushroom

Soups are the ultimate comfort food, and we could all use a soothing spoonful of savory deliciousness as we take in the chaos around us. 

Here’s a list of some of our favorite soups, all available for pick-up or dine-in at local restaurants and grocery stores. 

Bellagreen’s Fire-Roasted Tomato Basil Soup  
Multiple Locations Across Houston
For something decadent, I love Bellagreen’s Fire-Roasted Tomato Basil Soup, which is served with a crispy pastry puff dome and sliced mozzarella cheese. It’s almost so pretty I don’t want to eat it. And yet I always polish it off. 

Central Market’s Chicken Harvest Noodle Soup   
3815 Westheimer Rd. 
This is my go-to soup for when I’m not feeling well. It’s made from scratch, packed with fresh chicken and veggies, and always soothing. 

H.S. Green’s Butternut Squash Soup   
5092 Richmond Ave. 
This fast-casual salad joint serves up farm-to-table bites. One of our favorite items on the menu is the butternut squash soup.  

Huynh’s Pho   
912 St. Emanuel St. 
Huynh’s is homestyle Vietnamese food at its finest. They offer both regular and large-sized bowls of the traditional rice noodle soup in an aromatic homemade beef broth.   

Kenny & Ziggy’s Matzah Ball Soup   
Locations in Galleria Area and West University
Kenny & Ziggy’s is a traditional New York deli right in the heart of Houston. There’s nothing like a bowl of their matzah ball soup, which, by the way, was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive Ins and Dives

La Madeleine’s Tomato Basil Soup  
Multiple locations across Houston
This is by far the best tomato basil soup around. It’s rich and creamy and packed with flavor. Perfect for a hearty lunch or on a chilly night. Le Madeleine even sells jars of this popular soup in all of their branches.

McHugh Tea’s Chicken Veggie Soup  
5305 Bissonnet St. 
McHugh Tea is a cute tea room that also happens to have fantastic chicken veggie soup. It’s thick and creamy and basically comfort in a bowl. Plus, it’s low sodium and low carb! 

Paulie’s Cream of Mushroom Soup  
1834 Westheimer Rd. 
This authentic neighborhood Italian spot has several soups on their menu, including gazpacho, tomato basil and vegetable. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but we love the decadent cream of mushroom. 

Picos' Caldo Tlapeno
3601 Kirby
Consider the flavorful Caldo Tlapeno from Picos, which includes pulled chicken, veggies, garbanzo beans and avocado in a tasty broth. 

Saltillo’s Caldo de Pollo  
5427 Bissonnet St. 
Saltillo might be known mostly for their steaks, but diners also do well with their caldo de pollo, an authentic Mexican home-style chicken and vegetable soup. If you’re looking for something spicier, try their tortilla soup, served with fried tortilla chips, queso fresco and crunchy cascabel peppers. 

Soma Sushi’s Ramen  
4820 Washington Ave.
This traditional Japanese noodle dish, based in a variety of broths and with a variety of toppings, is both filling and delicious. Try out Soma Sushi for a 16 oz. bowl of this tasty dish. Buzz associate editor Jordan Magaziner Steinfeld highly recommends their flavorful “Texas Ramen.” 

Tamales Don Pepe’s Caldo de Pollo
2816 Link Valley 
Tamales Don Pepe is a hidden gem that has become a favorite among the Buzz editorial team. Whenever we’re in need of a quick and homestyle lunch, we head over and get a big bowl of their chicken soup. It’s packed with tasty white meat and juicy carrots.

Thai Bistro’s Tom Yum Soup  
Locations in West University and Royal Oaks 
I often say that you can measure the quality of a Thai restaurant by the taste of their tom yum soup, and Thai Bistro’s is impeccable. This soup is spicy, based in a lime-lemongrass broth filled with shrimps, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, fresh cilantro and seasoned with Thai herbs and spices. 

Zoe’s Kitchen’s Chicken and Orzo Soup  
Multiple locations across Houston 
We love Zoe’s Kitchen’s take on this classic dish. They add orzo and a hint of lemon to chicken noodle soup and serve it with pita. 

What are your favorite soups? Comment below. 

Editor’s Note: If you’re interested in making your own soup, see Andria Frankfort’s story with soup recipes. See all Buzz recipes here.  

Caldo de Pollo

The Buzz editorial team loves the Caldo de Pollo from Tamales Don Pepe. It’s great with Mexican Rice, chopped jalapenos and avocados. (Photo: Pooja Salhotra)

Matzoh ball soup

Nothing like a bowl of matzoh ball soup from Kenny & Ziggy’s. (Photo: Debora Smail) 

Butternut squash soup

Pictured here is the butternut squash soup from H.S. Green. 

Tomato basil soup

This tomato basil soup is a hit at Le Madeleine. (Photo: @lamadeleinecafe

Chicken veggie soup

McHugh Tea’s chicken veggie soup is both healthful and flavorful. (Photo courtesy of McHugh Tea)

Cream of mushroom

Paulie’s has various soups on their menu, including this decadent cream of mushroom. (Photo: Paulie’s)

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