This is the time of year when a piping hot cup of soup will warm the bones after going out in this blustery, wet weather. In our day, the choices are numerous and go well beyond mom’s chicken soup. Options out of the norm include pumpkin and leak, curry mushroom or barley artichoke. However, if you prefer traditional, selections include clam chowder, minestrone, broccoli cheese or French onion. Check out the establishments below and see which one suits your taste buds.
1225 J St.
Sacramento CA 95814
Muntean’s began in December 2010 with the plan to have 10 homemade soups daily. This spot has a variety of soups, which come in three categories: meat, seafood and vegetable. The selections include clam chowder, seafood gumbo, broccoli cheese, barley artichoke, lentil, curry chicken, curry mushroom, potato cheese, pumpkin and leak, Romanian onion and French onion. Muntean’s has numerous other varieties available. You can find the list on the website, along with salad and sandwich offerings.
2525 Jefferson Blvd.
West Sacramento CA 95691
Club Pheasant, originally named the Hideaway Cafe, has been operating for over 75 years. The original building was built back in 1912, purchased by Luisa and George Palamidessi. The original name was The Hideaway Café. Flowers bloom seasonally around the building, the waterfall and patio where Club Pheasant hosts the Friday Night Concert Series. Portions of the original building are still being utilized today in the restaurant. Current owners are the fourth generation to run the establishment. The standard soup is minestrone, offered all the time, but on Fridays there is also clam chowder. There is a full menu, which can be found on the website.
Strings Urban Kitchen
1500 7th St.
Sacramento, CA 95814
Strings Urban Kitchen (SUK) had its beginnings in the wine industry going back to 2010. It has an interesting story that began with two wines and has grown and expanded into a full Italian restaurant. The soup selections, or zuppa (Italian) selections, are minestrone, seafood-based tomato bisque and urban-style minestrone, a hearty soup with meatballs. For more information about the history and menu, go to the website.
840 Harbor Blvd.
West Sacramento, CA 95691
Vince’s Ristorante is another Sacramento establishment rich in family and heritage. Going back to 1964, the restaurant was opened by Vince Frugoli and his wife Pauline. In 2009, another Italian family, the Rossis, a father-and-son duo, took over ownership of the restaurant carrying on the rich history. The soup selections are homemade minestrone and on Fridays, clam chowder. For more information on the rest of the history or the menu, check out the website.
2573 Fair Oaks Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95825
For out of the ordinary, check out Boudin Bakery, which serves soup in a sourdough bread bowl. It started out in 1849 as an old-world bakery, and evolved to modern, state-of-the-art facilities. Selections include clam chowder or for vegetarians, the rustic tomato soup or the butternut squash soup.
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Deb Ling is a freelance writer covering all things Sacramento. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.