Best Soup Joints in Philadelphia

By Mary Dunks,

As the chill in the air settles into our bones, we think of things that can warm us up quickly. Nothing beats a good bowl of steamy soup to heat the cockles of our heart, let alone our noses and toes. There are a lot of dedicated soup joints in Philadelphia, but for the best soup, you will want to check out the following restaurants. 
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
700 South 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 922-3274

The best chicken noodle soup has to be from Famous 4th Street Delicatessen. This place has been a favorite since 1923, and with its stickler attitude of making everything from scratch, this delicatessen will continue to be a favorite for generations. Famous’ humongous bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup with matzo ball, kreplach, noodles, rice and kasha will fill not only you up, but will also satisfy the hunger of your companion as well. This mouthwatering bowl will heal whatever ails you. There is a smaller bowl available, but then the soup is limited to just one extra ingredient of noodles, rice, or kasha. You are not getting the whole kit and caboodle!  Famous 4th Street Delicatessen now has two locations to serve you.
Table 31
1701 JFK Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 567-7111

While Table 31 is known more for its beautiful outdoor plaza seating than its soup, the restaurant’s roasted tomato bisque is a must-try. Chef Chris Scarduzio takes tomato bisque to new heights and tantalizes diners’ taste buds with his successful marriage of traditional Italian and contemporary twists. The smokiness from the roasted tomatoes and the savory essence of basil will please your tongue as you savor every last drop of this soup. While you’re enjoying your bisque, don’t forget to take in your surroundings and enjoy this landmark building in Philadelphia. Table 31 is a part of one of the nation’s tallest “green” buildings–the Comcast Center.

Manayunk Diner
3722 Main St.
Philadelphia, PA 19127
(215) 483-4200

Forget about the bowl, Manayunk Diner will bring you out a crock of French onion soup! If you are hankering for some onion soup, this is the place to be. This French onion soup will satisfy your craving with a tangy topping of cheese and croutons, savory onions and delightful broth. Open until 2 a.m., Manayunk Diner is a great late night stop any day of the week.

401 S. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-2500

Nothing is better than enjoying a bowl fresh lobster bisque, unless you’re enjoying said bowl on a ship. Moshulu’s lobster bisque will have you feeling like you have set sail on the open seas, enjoying the ocean’s bounty. The soup is a delicious combination of shrimp, oven-dried tomatoes and tarragon. Moshulu is docked at Penn’s Landing, and you won’t regret embarking on this taste cruise.
City Tavern
138 South 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 413-1443

John Adams may have enjoyed a pot of West Indies pepperpot back in 1774, as this is an old colonial classic that is still a favorite today. City Tavern’s spicy soup will have you a reveling as you plow through a bowl with bits of beef, taro and greens. This soup will clean out your sinuses and warm your belly. As you enjoy this pot, make sure to order a brew to wash it all down for a true colonial experience.

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