Thaw Out: 7 Awesome Memphis Soups
These cold fronts blowing through Memphis the last few weeks have given me a major soup craving. I’m pretty sure I’ve eaten some kind of soup for at least five of my past seven meals, give or take. If you’ve got similar broth-based needs, check out this short list of favorite local soups (in no particular order):
1. Hot N Sour Soup from Mosa Asian Bistro (850 S. White Station)
This is the one I crave when I start to feel under the weather. There’s something about the combination of flavors that’s so satisfying, it almost has healing properties. Add in some crispy wontons as wanted for a soft crunch in your spoon, too.
2. Potato soup from Huey’s (1927 Madison Avenue)
Huey’s soup is like eating a loaded baked potato in liquid form. The creamy soup is the consistency of liquid mashed potatoes. It’s topped with bacon, green onions and a handful of cheddar cheese.
3. Spicy Tomato Soup from La Baguette
Some creamy tomato soups are too creamy in a way that compromises the tomato flavor, but not so with La Baguette’s version. This bold-flavored soup comes with a spicy kick and a surprisingly generous swirl of irresistible melted cheese floating mid-cup. It’s served with a stack of soft baguette slices, perfect for dipping.
4. Pho from Phuong Long
Everyone in Memphis has their own pho opinion, and Phuong Long is a very popular one. I usually keep it simple with chicken or veggie pho, but you can pick your proteins and accoutrements to your heart’s content at most places. A few other favorites folks love: Pho Saigon, Pho Binh, Pho 64, Le Delights.
5. Ramen from Lucky Cat
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly which ramen is pictured above, but I do know that I liked it and that people go nuts for Lucky Cat. I’m not even a huge fan of ramen personally, but Lucky Cat’s has won me over. You must get a side of chili oil (a little goes a loooong way, but the flavor is amazing) and an extra ajitama (marinated soft-boiled egg).
6. Tortilla Soup from Las Tortugas
This is one of y’all’s favorites, and while I can’t personally haven’t tried it, it seemed ridiculous not to have one of our city’s many delicious Mexican sopas on this list. I have plenty more to try and report back on.
7. French Onion Soup from Cafe Keough
I’m just gonna say it: Cafe Keough’s lovely downtown coffee shop and restaurant (with a full bar!) is underrated. So too is the French Onion soup, which you can get with salad, sandwiches, or pastry.
This post was updated in December 2017
Hope you enjoyed this list of where to get soup in Memphis. A special shout-out to the folks who sent in their ideas for the best soups in Memphis on Twitter. There are quite a few I haven’t had a chance to try yet but they’re on my list. You can also check out this post for some of Memphis’ best soups, stews, and hot drinks to get you through the chilly days.