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Cathy Chaplin

17 Satisfying Soups to Keep Cozy This Fall in Los Angeles

Matzo ball soup, Indian stews, and Thai boat noodles

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Chicken Paprikash at Parsnip
| Cathy Chaplin

A slight chill in the air is infinitely more likely now that it’s officially fall. For days when the mercury dips below 65 degrees, warm up with a satisfying bowl of soup. From chowder to menudo and matzo ball soup, here now are 17 of LA's finest to keep cozy this season.

Removed: Koku Tonkotsu at Ramen Tatsunoya, Beef Noodle Soup at Yang’s Kitchen, Wonton Noodle Soup at Ho Kee Cafe, Clam Chowder at Connie and Ted’s, White Bean and Emmer Zuppa at Alimento

Added: Pozole at Tamales Elena y Antojitos, Knife-Cut Noodles at Hyesung Noodle, Gumbo at Cafe Creole, Pav Bhaji at Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se, Caldo Verde at Natas Pastries, Fish Soup at Ackee Bamboo, Chicken Paprikash at Parsnip, Cow Foot Soup at Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant

Some restaurants have resumed or begun limited patio seating, while others continue to offer takeout and/or delivery only. This should not be taken as endorsement for on-site, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the Los Angeles Public Health website. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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1. Aush reshteh at Attari Sandwich Shop

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1388 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 441-5488
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Warm up to a bowl of the aush reshteh at Attari Sandwich Shop. The version here includes Persian greens, beans, and noodles in a rich broth topped with caramelized onions.

2. Caldo Verde at Natas Pastries

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13317 Ventura Blvd # D
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(818) 788-8050
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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 particular speciality is caldo verde, the classic green Portuguese soup stuffed with potatoes, kale, and chorizo that’s perfect for a chilly Southern California evening.

3. Siete Mares at Gloria's Cafe

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10227 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034
(310) 838-0963
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Gloria’s Cafe is famous for its seafood soup with fish, shrimp, squid, scallops, octopus, and crab legs. Every portion of the rich stew is generous enough to share.

4. Matzo Ball Soup at Greenblatt's Deli

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8017 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046
(323) 656-0606
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There’s nothing quite like the healing powers of matzo ball soup to cure a cold. The hearty version served at this legendary Hollywood deli soothes the soul.

5. French Onion Soup at Petit Trois

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718 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038
(323) 468-8916
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Is there anything more satisfying than diving into the thickly melted gruyere that sits atop every bowl of French onion soup at Petit Trois? Hidden beneath the layer of decadent cheese is a deeply flavorful beef broth and sweetly caramelized onions.

6. Gumbo at Cafe Creole

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3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd suite 144
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 389-8355
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Cafe Creole in Baldwin Hills is well known in the area for its staple Louisiana favorites, particularly gumbo. Rich bowls come steaming with shrimp, chicken, and sausage plus rice, for anyone needing a quick trip back down to the Bayou without leaving the couch.

A bowl of rice and stewy seafood, sausage, and onions.
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7. Fish Tea Soup at Ackee Bamboo

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4305 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008
(323) 295-7275
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When a soup requires such careful preparation that it’s only available on weekends — order it. The kitchen switches up the vegetables according to the seasons, but every bowl always includes salted cod and a silky broth.

Fish Tea Soup at Ackee Bamboo.
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8. Cow Foot Soup at Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant

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3426 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018
(323) 732-8865
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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.

9. Sul Lung Tang at Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

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4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020
(213) 383-9499
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Long before bone broth was all the rage, Koreans were eating sul lung tang. Made of boiled ox bones, the cloudy white broth is livened with salt and plenty of green onions.

10. Knife-cut Noodles at Hyesung Noodle House

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125 N Western Ave #106
Los Angeles, CA 90004
(323) 745-5001

Hyesung Noodle House in Koreatown is the first overseas location of Seoul’s famed Hyesung Kalguksu. The chicken kalguksu brings together a rich, down-home broth with the restaurant’s signature knife-cut noodles. A slice of kimchi (traditionally stirred into the broth with additional red chile paste) adds a vinegary zip.

Kalguksu at Hyesung Noodle House, Los Angeles
Knife-cut Noodles at Hyesung Noodle House
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11. Boat Noodles at Pa Ord Noodle

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5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 461-3945
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There are plenty of boat noodles in Thaitown, but Lawan Bhanduram makes the best bowl around. The broth, dark and murky from pig’s blood and fragrant of cinnamon and cloves, has a distinct funk to it, while the noodles can vary from simple rice sticks to short and wide strands depending on diners’ preferences.

12. Chicken Paprikash at Parsnip

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3324 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 739-0240
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Aracelly Flores and Anca Caliman cook up Romanian comfort food with a California point of view at Parsnip. The hearty chicken paprikash served over barley has a stick-to-your-bones quality to it, while a red cabbage slaw rounds out the richness. 

A bowl of Romanian soup topped with red cabbage.
Chicken Paprikash at Parsnip
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13. Menudo at La Abeja Restaurant

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3700 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90065
(323) 221-0474
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For the ultimate hangover cure, saddle up to a large bowl of La Abeja’s red menudo. Chock-full of tripe and served with a side of lime, onion, and cilantro, the soup satisfies even the most discriminating of tastes.

La Abeja menudo
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14. Pozole at Tamales Elena y Antojitos

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8101 Garfield Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201
(562) 674-3043
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Offering green, red, and white pozoles made from pork head stock, consider Tamales Elena y Antojitos your friendly neighborhood pozoleria — and visit on Thursdays when they’re all available. For those avoiding animal products, the vegan elopozole is made with sweet corn.

Green pozole loaded with queso fresco, chicharrones, spices, chiles, avocado, shredded cabbage, chopped onions, and radishes at Tamales Elena y Antojitos.
Pozole at Tamales Elena y Antojitos
Wonho Frank Lee

15. Bone Broth at Bone Kettle

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67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 795-5702
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At Pasadena’s Bone Kettle, beef bones are boiled with onions, ginger, garlic, and spices for 36 hours. Diners can add on brisket, sirloin, or even oxtails to the broth, but the soup is satisfying in and of itself.

16. Pav Bhaji at Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se

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17705 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701
(201) 844-1515

Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se, which literally means “from the streets of Mumbai,” specializes in Mumbai-style street food. The pav bhaji, a tomato-based vegetable stew redolent of spices and served with toasty garlic bread, is one of owner Sailesh Shah’s signature dishes. 

17. Pho at Phở Filet

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9463 Garvey Ave ste a
South El Monte, CA 91733
(626) 453-8911

Linh Phuong Nguyen makes the best bowl of southern style pho at this worn-in restaurant straddling the border between Rosemead and South El Monte. While the filet mignon that comes standard with every bowl is a cut above the rest, it’s Ms. Nguyen’s unparalleled broth that distinguishes her product from the dozens of hawkers in town.

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1. Aush reshteh at Attari Sandwich Shop

1388 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

Warm up to a bowl of the aush reshteh at Attari Sandwich Shop. The version here includes Persian greens, beans, and noodles in a rich broth topped with caramelized onions.

1388 Westwood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90024

2. Caldo Verde at Natas Pastries

13317 Ventura Blvd # D, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

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 particular speciality is caldo verde, the classic green Portuguese soup stuffed with potatoes, kale, and chorizo that’s perfect for a chilly Southern California evening.

13317 Ventura Blvd # D
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423

3. Siete Mares at Gloria's Cafe

10227 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90034

Gloria’s Cafe is famous for its seafood soup with fish, shrimp, squid, scallops, octopus, and crab legs. Every portion of the rich stew is generous enough to share.

10227 Venice Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90034

4. Matzo Ball Soup at Greenblatt's Deli

8017 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

There’s nothing quite like the healing powers of matzo ball soup to cure a cold. The hearty version served at this legendary Hollywood deli soothes the soul.

8017 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90046

5. French Onion Soup at Petit Trois

718 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Is there anything more satisfying than diving into the thickly melted gruyere that sits atop every bowl of French onion soup at Petit Trois? Hidden beneath the layer of decadent cheese is a deeply flavorful beef broth and sweetly caramelized onions.

718 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90038

6. Gumbo at Cafe Creole

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd suite 144, Los Angeles, CA 90008
A bowl of rice and stewy seafood, sausage, and onions.
Gumbo at Cafe Creole
[Official Photo]

Cafe Creole in Baldwin Hills is well known in the area for its staple Louisiana favorites, particularly gumbo. Rich bowls come steaming with shrimp, chicken, and sausage plus rice, for anyone needing a quick trip back down to the Bayou without leaving the couch.

3650 W Martin Luther King Jr Blvd suite 144
Los Angeles, CA 90008

7. Fish Tea Soup at Ackee Bamboo

4305 Degnan Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90008
Fish Tea Soup at Ackee Bamboo.
Fish Tea Soup at Ackee Bamboo
[Official Photo]

When a soup requires such careful preparation that it’s only available on weekends — order it. The kitchen switches up the vegetables according to the seasons, but every bowl always includes salted cod and a silky broth.

4305 Degnan Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90008

8. Cow Foot Soup at Natraliart Jamaican Restaurant

3426 W Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90018

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.

3426 W Washington Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90018

9. Sul Lung Tang at Han Bat Sul Lung Tang

4163 W 5th St, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Long before bone broth was all the rage, Koreans were eating sul lung tang. Made of boiled ox bones, the cloudy white broth is livened with salt and plenty of green onions.

4163 W 5th St
Los Angeles, CA 90020

10. Knife-cut Noodles at Hyesung Noodle House

125 N Western Ave #106, Los Angeles, CA 90004
Kalguksu at Hyesung Noodle House, Los Angeles
Knife-cut Noodles at Hyesung Noodle House
Wonho Frank Lee

Hyesung Noodle House in Koreatown is the first overseas location of Seoul’s famed Hyesung Kalguksu. The chicken kalguksu brings together a rich, down-home broth with the restaurant’s signature knife-cut noodles. A slice of kimchi (traditionally stirred into the broth with additional red chile paste) adds a vinegary zip.

125 N Western Ave #106
Los Angeles, CA 90004

11. Boat Noodles at Pa Ord Noodle

5301 Sunset Blvd #8, Los Angeles, CA 90027

There are plenty of boat noodles in Thaitown, but Lawan Bhanduram makes the best bowl around. The broth, dark and murky from pig’s blood and fragrant of cinnamon and cloves, has a distinct funk to it, while the noodles can vary from simple rice sticks to short and wide strands depending on diners’ preferences.

5301 Sunset Blvd #8
Los Angeles, CA 90027

12. Chicken Paprikash at Parsnip

3324 Verdugo Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065
A bowl of Romanian soup topped with red cabbage.
Chicken Paprikash at Parsnip
Cathy Chaplin

Aracelly Flores and Anca Caliman cook up Romanian comfort food with a California point of view at Parsnip. The hearty chicken paprikash served over barley has a stick-to-your-bones quality to it, while a red cabbage slaw rounds out the richness. 

3324 Verdugo Rd
Los Angeles, CA 90065

13. Menudo at La Abeja Restaurant

3700 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065
La Abeja menudo
La Abeja Restaurant

For the ultimate hangover cure, saddle up to a large bowl of La Abeja’s red menudo. Chock-full of tripe and served with a side of lime, onion, and cilantro, the soup satisfies even the most discriminating of tastes.

3700 N Figueroa St
Los Angeles, CA 90065

14. Pozole at Tamales Elena y Antojitos

8101 Garfield Ave, Bell Gardens, CA 90201
Green pozole loaded with queso fresco, chicharrones, spices, chiles, avocado, shredded cabbage, chopped onions, and radishes at Tamales Elena y Antojitos.
Pozole at Tamales Elena y Antojitos
Wonho Frank Lee

Offering green, red, and white pozoles made from pork head stock, consider Tamales Elena y Antojitos your friendly neighborhood pozoleria — and visit on Thursdays when they’re all available. For those avoiding animal products, the vegan elopozole is made with sweet corn.

8101 Garfield Ave
Bell Gardens, CA 90201

15. Bone Broth at Bone Kettle

67 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103

At Pasadena’s Bone Kettle, beef bones are boiled with onions, ginger, garlic, and spices for 36 hours. Diners can add on brisket, sirloin, or even oxtails to the broth, but the soup is satisfying in and of itself.

67 N Raymond Ave
Pasadena, CA 91103

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16. Pav Bhaji at Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se

17705 Pioneer Blvd, Artesia, CA 90701

Mumbai Ki Galliyon Se, which literally means “from the streets of Mumbai,” specializes in Mumbai-style street food. The pav bhaji, a tomato-based vegetable stew redolent of spices and served with toasty garlic bread, is one of owner Sailesh Shah’s signature dishes. 

17705 Pioneer Blvd
Artesia, CA 90701

17. Pho at Phở Filet

9463 Garvey Ave ste a, South El Monte, CA 91733

Linh Phuong Nguyen makes the best bowl of southern style pho at this worn-in restaurant straddling the border between Rosemead and South El Monte. While the filet mignon that comes standard with every bowl is a cut above the rest, it’s Ms. Nguyen’s unparalleled broth that distinguishes her product from the dozens of hawkers in town.

9463 Garvey Ave ste a
South El Monte, CA 91733

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