Jason’s Top 9 Winter Soups in the Twin Cities

The best soups to melt your frozen core
Don’t burn your tongue on the French onion soup at Bellecour

Photo 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, 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.

Tonkotsu Ramen at Zen Box Izakaya

Photo by Darin Kamnetz

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.