Our Five Faves

Best Soup

Posted January 13, 2014

The french onion soup at The Oxford.

Nothing hits the spot on a cold, rainy day quite like a warm cup of soup or chili. We have ranked our faves in the past, but with the up and down weather we have had lately I have been craving this warm treat more and more.

Just a reminder- we try not to name the same places each time! So last time's picks- Toast, Village Deli, Square Rabbit, Sandwich and Foster's Market- weren't included this time.

Here is our current list:

Community Deli (Raleigh)- Community Deli is a small hidden gem located off Oberlin Road. They are known for homemade soups, vegetables and sandwiches. They have a range of seasonal soups such as chicken and rice, brunswick stew and veggie beef. All of the soups I have tried are amazing but my absolute favorite has got to be the chicken and pastry. For $3.29 you can get a 12-ounce cup that fills you up. Be sure to call ahead of time to see what soups they have that day. They are open for breakfast and lunch but close by 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

The Oxford (Raleigh)- The first time I tried the bison and chorizo chili at The Oxford was during Triangle Restaurant Week last year. I had mainly only been to The Oxford when it turns into more of a bar, not a restaurant, so I was so excited to try out the food. I got the chili for my first course of three and it could have been my meal. The chili is made with ground bison, cured chorizo, blacks beans and an array of spices and vegetables. Another one of my favorites from The Oxford is their french onion soup. It is not as filling as the chili but is perfect for a side dish or starter. 

Tobacco Road (Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill)- While doing the "tough" research for this assignment I asked people around the office what their favorite places for soup were. I knew I had to give the Blue Devil Sherry Crab Bisque at Tobacco Road a try when one of my colleagues who graduated from the University of Chapel Hill suggested it. Though I agree with her that they should change the name, I love the soup. They also feature a soup of the day. On a cold day, I also recommend getting a grilled cheese sandwich and some of their tomato basil soup.

Boondini's Sandwich Superstore (Raleigh) – I first tried Boondini's when I was working on our five faves sandwich shops in the Triangle last year. Though they are known for their sandwiches, you cannot go wrong with any of their made from scratch soups. I love their homemade cajun stew and their brunswick stew. I want to go back and give their homemade chili and beans a try.

Seaboard Cafe (Raleigh)- Seaboard Cafe is one of my favorite lunch spots in Raleigh. You can't help but feel happy when you go there. They have different soups daily and a cup comes in at about $3.50. If you don't think the soup will fill you up, pair it with one of their delicious sandwiches. My favorite so far is the Tex-Mex chili. 

A few chains that deserve a shout out are Wendy's for their delicious chili and Panera Bread for their broccoli cheddar soup in a bread bowl. 

What are some of your favorite places to get a warm cup of soup or chili?  


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  • ildoc Jan 14, 2014

    don't forget the gumbo!

  • jackaroojrt Jan 14, 2014

    So Bill Leslie asks where is the best place for a cup of soup this morning, and my first thought was the TARDIS! :)