Warm Up With The Best Soups In Memphis
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. Mosa Asian Bistro in East Memphis has a menu of great Asian fusion foods, and is always at the top of y’all’s Memphis best soups lists.
2. 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.
Trust me, if it’s your first time for tomato soup from this East Memphis bakery’s location, you’ll be delighted to discovery that cheese just floating peacefully, hidden in the spicy, tomato-y irresistible liquid. It’s served with a stack of soft baguette slices, perfect for dipping.
3. 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 (herbs, sauces) to your heart’s content at most places. A few other favorites folks love: Pho Saigon in East Memphis, Pho Binh in midtown, Memphis, Pho 64 in Bartlett, or Le Delights in Cordova.
(By the way, if you’ve never had pho before, it’s a kind of Vietnamese soup, made with aromatic, super flavorful broth and thinly sliced meat and/or veggies and rice noodles.)
4. 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 and is generally considered the best ramen in Memphis.
When you stop in to the Broad Avenue shop, 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).
5. Tortilla Soup from Las Tortugas
This is one of y’all’s absolute favorites, so I had to add it to this list of best soups in Memphis. Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana is known for their fresh, authentic DO NOT ASK FOR CHEESE DIP style of beloved Mexican food and if everyone’s ravings over the chicken tortilla sopa are to be believed, this dish is no exception.
6. 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.
7. Amerigo’s Soup of the Day
Amerigo Italian restaurant in East Memphis serves their tasty shrimp bisque every day, as well as a soup of the day. The day I went, it was a hearty vegetable stew with whole wheat pasta – incredibly satisfying and perfect for the cold, rainy days of Memphis in January. They also offer a soup ‘n’ salad combo at lunch.
Originally published 2010. Updated 2020.
Hope you enjoyed this list of the best Memphis soups. 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.