A good friend of mine is so obsessed with soup, he calls himself the mayor of Soup City. I consider myself the press secretary. Thus, in the coldest part of the year, I present you my top 9 Twin Cities soups, ranked, for eat-in or takeout.
9. New England Clam Chowder at Cov in Edina and Wayzata
Maybe it’s the vibe at Cov that makes this soup taste extra-good, but clam chowder always transports me to oceanside and warms my heart.
8. Beer Cheese Soup at Granite City in Maple Grove, Roseville, and Eagan
Come on. Beer. Cheese. Let’s be real.
7. Curry Soup at Lotus in Maple Grove and Minneapolis
Deeply spiced, red in color, the product of years of love from the great family behind Lotus.
6. Maple Squash at Birchwood Cafe in Minneapolis
Creamy, rich, seasonal, dairy-free, this is the soup that tastes like late fall and early winter.
5. Chicken Wild Rice Soup at the St. Paul Grill in St. Paul
Iconic, rich, hearty, perfect for a chilly winter day.
4. Khao Soi at Khao Hom Thai in Minneapolis
A rich, coconut milk-based, creamy curry soup with crispy-fried noodles, $11. Don’t forget the shallots and pickled mustard greens on the side.
3. Tonkotsu Ramen at Zen Box Izakaya in Minneapolis
This is the best ramen. Don’t @ me.
2. Chicken Salsa Chili at Cafe Latte in St. Paul
Cafe Latte doesn’t get enough credit for its soups, made from scratch daily with natural, healthy ingredients.
1. French Onion Soup at Bellecour at Cooks of Crocus Hill in Minneapolis
$5.50 a cup, $8.50 a bowl, perhaps the best value on food in the Twin Cities.