Nothing is as good on a cold winter’s day as a hot bowl of hearty soup. Campbell’s soup company has been headquartered just across the bridge from Philadelphia in Camden for almost a century and a half, but sometimes canned just won’t do. When it’s time for chef-inspired fare, these are the top places to hunker down in Philadelphia with a mouth-watering winter soup.
The Black Sheep
247 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Play darts, watch a game, have a Guinness or enjoy some traditional Irish soup at The Black Sheep pub. For most self-respecting Irish pubs, potato leek soup is a must-have on the menu, but you have to sample a bowl at The Black Sheep to really appreciate this delicious, wintertime comfort food. Boiled potatoes, onions, heavy cream and butter are just some of the ingredients that make diners keep coming back for more. Oh, and let’s not forget the crispy leeks!
Famous 4th St. Delicatessen
700 S. 4th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
There’s nothing like a steaming bowl of chicken soup to calm the soul and warm you during winter’s cold and flu season. 4th Street Deli has a Famous Chicken Soup that’s packed with matzo balls, kreplach, noodles, rice and kasha. This homemade liquid heaven is the perfect pick-me-up for when you’re feeling under the weather. Bring a friend along, because the serving is so big, it takes two to three people to finish it off.
205 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The Spicy Duck Soup at Rouge puts all other duck soups to shame. When you long to get out of the cold and warm those fingers and toes, this is the soup to satisfy all of your needs. The fusion of duck confit, edamame and mixed mushrooms is lick-the-bowl good. This is a fine-dining restaurant, though, so keep your manners in check.
The White Dog Café
3420 Sansom St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Judy Wicks is credited for founding this incredible, one-of-a-kind restaurant, but it’s Chef Zach Grainda who we have to thank for some of the best dishes in town. Made with only the freshest, locally grown ingredients, you have to try his Kennett Square Mushroom Soup. It’s made with grilled Griggstown chicken, truffle creme fraiche and snipped chives. This creamy treat may be high in calories, but it’s well worth the extra workout session.
200 S. Broad St. #19
Philadelphia, PA 19102
XIX (pronounced “nineteen”) sits on the 19th floor of the Park Hyatt Hotel at the Bellevue. Not only does this elegant restaurant offer extraordinary views of Philly’s skyline, but its innovative chefs take pride in creating extraordinary combinations of ingredients that diners adore. The spiced butternut squash soup is no exception. A creamy soup that really sticks to your ribs, this XIX delicacy owes its sweet richness to fresh squash, heavy cream, curried apples and smoked scallops topped with a marshmallow foam.
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Susan DeFeo has been a professional writer since 1997. She served as a community events columnist for New Jersey’s “Cape May County Herald” for more than a decade. A writer for numerous online publications, Susan has covered health, fitness, beauty and travel, all subjects that are near and dear to her as a married mother of seven children. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.