Feel that chill in the air? Or is the morning marine layer? Both indicate the start of Southern California’s soup season. It is also that time of year to dust off that favorite hoodie, knitted hat, and scarf while downing a satisfying bowl of soup. Even if (and when) fall/winter gets an unusual day in the 90-degree temperature range, a Mexican caldo costa brava or lentil soup can help lower body temperature more efficiently than cold foods. Here now are 17 of LA's finest to keep cozy this season, presented from north to south.Read More
17 Satisfying Soups to Keep You Cozy in Los Angeles
There’s a delicious hot bowl in your corner of LA, whether Mexican albondigas, Korean hangover soup, or Caribbean curry soup
Seafood caldo at Mariscos Corona
It takes time to consume the massive seafood caldo at Mariscos Corona. It starts with a flavorful broth and is filled with fish, shrimp, and octopus served with tortillas, lime, chile, cilantro, and onion.
Aguadito El Dorado Pollos A La Brasa
Over in Pasadena, local favorite El Dorado Pollos A La Brasa makes a mean aguadito. It’s Peru’s herby chicken soup along with plenty of cilantro, peas, carrots, rice, and a broth that’s bursting at the seams with flavor.
Lentil soup at Carnival Restaurant
Open since 1984, this San Fernando Valley staple has staying power because it does classic Lebanese dishes incredibly well. And while a simple dish, the lentil soup here packs a hearty and flavorful bite. If there on the right day, one might be able to order molokhia, the hearty Middle Eastern stew.
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Caldo verde at Natas Pastries
Portuguese food doesn’t have much of a foothold in Los Angeles, but fans of the cuisine can find a slew of signature dishes at Natas Pastries in Sherman Oaks. One specialty is caldo verde, the classic green Portuguese soup stuffed with potatoes, kale, and chorizo that’s perfect for when the temperature drops.
Spicy beef noodle soup at Dai Ho Restaurant
Dai Ho’s spicy beef noodle soup is a thing of beauty. The Taiwanese staple dish is imbued with a deep red hue and lots of rich, stewed beef. The noodles give chew and the braised greens are earthy enough to stand up to the heat. This is one of LA’s best soups, period. Bring cash.
Wonton noodle soup at Tam's Noodle House
There is no place that beats Tam’s wonton noodle soup with its pristine broth and plump wontons. Served piping hot and within minutes of ordering, this Hong Kong cafe continues to draw a bustling lunch crowd eager for this bowl and other Cantonese favorites.
Boat noodles at Sapp Coffee Shop
Though plentiful throughout Los Angeles, boat noodles are especially prevalent in Thai Town. Sapp has three boat noodle dishes on the menu, including one with sliced pork, and beef, or one that throws everything in from tendon to meatballs and sliced beef liver in a beautiful broth.
Albondigas soup at Eastside Italian Deli Downtown L.A.
A longtime employee makes albondigas once a week at Eastside Italian Deli. This traditional Mexican meatball soup is incredible, hearty, and worth the weekly trek.
French onion soup at Oriel Chinatown
All dignity flies out the window when eating French onion soup. It helps that Oriel has a welcoming dining room, but you’ll be in good company while pulling an Emmental cheesy bite from the bowl.
Abgoosht at Attari Sandwich Shop
Abgoosht is a rustic stew that translates in Persian to “meat broth.” It’s a combination of tender meat, potatoes, vegetables, spices, and legumes. It’s a specialty dish at Attari Sandwich Shop, but call to confirm this dish is on the menu.
Mushroom soup at Massy Soups
Massy Soups is in the process of opening a brick-and-mortar space, but temporarily operating out of Sky’s Gourmet Tacos. Everything on the menu, especially the mushroom soup, tastes homemade and comforting in the best way.
Cow foot soup at Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant
Enter through the small and tidy market and make your way to the front counter where owner Charles Forrester is at your service. There are over half a dozen soups available on the menu, but hone in on the cow foot soup for a rich and spicy bowlful of goodness.
Matzoh ball soup at Fromin's
While the sandwiches at Fromin’s aren’t going to blow anyone away, the hefty matzoh ball soup is sure to draw attention to the table. Size like a softball and hover over a medium-sized ceramic bowl, the rest of the broth contains diced carrots and soft noodles for texture. For this part of town, so far west, Jewish deli fans will definitely appreciate Fromins’ matzoh ball soup.
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Curry vegetable soup at Ackee Bamboo
Ackee Bamboo’s curry vegetable soup helps combat any situation. It doesn’t matter whether one is in need of warmth, or in need of a delicious, flavorful bowl of soup on a cool fall day.
This Bellflower strip mall newcomer is no slouch to Greater LA’s uber-competitive menudo scene. Stop in early (beware the Sunday crowds) for steaming to-go orders of rich menudo made with love. There’s even a second location opening this fall in Downey.
Haejangguk at Myung Ga Haejangguk
Haejangguk, or literally hangover soup, is part of the name of this trio of Korean restaurants located in Gardena, La Cañada-Flintridge, and Arcadia. Myung Ga’s sparse, brightly lit interiors also help combat hangovers or slow mornings, but inside the stone bowl, an umami-riddled beef broth holds in chopped cabbage, brisket, and cubes of pig’s blood, making this soup one of the most aggressively flavored in the Korean cuisine canon. Don’t fear the blood though, they’re actually mild and taste almost like earthy, irony tofu whose minerals and nutrition will give anyone a burst of energy.
House special at Phnom Penh Noodle Shack
Open since 1985, the family-owned Phnom Penh Noodle Shack boasts plenty of options that include noodles and soup. This spot stays busy thanks to the house special with sliced and ground pork, stomach, liver, shrimp, and noodles into a massive steaming bowl.