Jason's Top 9 Winter Soups

The best Twin Cities soups to melt your frozen core

Don’t burn your tongue on the French onion soup at Bellecour

Photos by Darin Kamnetz


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.

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: 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: 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.

Tonkotsu Ramen at Zen Box Izakaya


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 in Wayzata: $6 a cup, $10 a bowl, perhaps the best value on food in the Twin Cities.

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