Seriously, who doesn’t love soup? The possibilities are literally infinite, it’s easy to make and serve, and it’s warm and comforting. Thankfully, restaurants all throughout the country are making some truly great bowls of soup from scratch, and we’ve tracked down the best in every state.
Anyone can throw together a halfway decent pot of soup, but in the hands of professional chefs, soup can become a work of art. For our ranking, we’re highlighting individual scratchmade bowls of soup from restaurants as well as soup shops that sell a variety of soups that change regularly; because many of the best shops change up their offerings on a daily or weekly basis based on what’s fresh and in season, it can be tough to track down one soup that’s the absolute best (you’ll just have to try them out for yourself!).
Each region of the country has certain soups that it’s known for; so we tried to highlight as many of those as possible. Asia, with its wide variety of spectacular soups (and thousands of restaurants across the country that specialize in them) could have taken over this whole ranking by itself, so we didn’t take Asian soups like ramen into consideration this time around. We’re also defining soup as any hot liquid-based concoction that you eat from a bowl with a spoon (except for chili, which is another animal altogether), so stews and chowders weren’t exempt from consideration. As for cold soups, well, hold off until it gets warm out and we’ll tell you where to find the best gazpacho.
From gumbo in Louisiana to clam chowder in Massachusetts, from matzo ball in New York to she-crab in South Carolina, read on to learn where to find the very best bowl of soup in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C.