Warm Up With The Best Soups In Memphis
Winter is coming! 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.
Top photo is of Barware’s tomato soup. I highly recommend a grilled cheese sandwich to go with it! Want more soup and hot drink ideas? Check out this post.
1. Pho from Phuong Long, Pho Saigon, or your favorite pho spot
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, herbs, and sauces and add to your heart’s content. Don’t let the simplicity fool you, though, pho has real healing and warming powers.
A few other places to get delicious pho in Memphis: Pho Saigon in East Memphis, Pho Binh in midtown, Memphis, Pho 64 in Bartlett, or Le Delights in Cordova.
2. 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.
3. 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.
Mosa is open for dine-in or takeout.
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4. 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 cafe’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.
5. Matzo Ball Soup from Hazel’s Lucky Dice Deli
Known on the menu officially as “Bobo’s Jewish Penicillin”, this chicken matzo ball soup lives up to its reputation as a cure-all for the winter blues, chills, or a celebration of cold weather (if you’re a cold weather person like me). Hazel’s is open for takeout for lunch.
6. Ramen from Robata
Robata Ramen and Yakitori Bar in Overton Square serves up about a dozen different varieties of ramen, along with a bunch of other tasty Japanese and Asian-fusion menu items.
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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.
8. Tom Yum from Pho 64
I’ve already mentioned Pho 64 as a go-to restaurant in Bartlett for pho and other Vietnamese dishes, but they also have a classic Thai soup—Tom Yum. You can get it with different proteins, including chicken, but the Spicy Seafood edition is a velvety, spicy, and sour creamy Tom Yum is filled with shrimp, mussel, scallop, and calamari.
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.