Soup’s On!

Take the chill off with a warming bowl of one of KC’s best soups.

Image via The Rieger’s Facebook page.

If you haven’t yet had Chef Howard Hanna’s The Rieger Pork Soup (available at both The Rieger Hotel Grill and Exchange and Ca Va), you’re doing it wrong. Slow-roasted shreds of pork confit in a rich, flavorful pork broth infused with garlic and sherry vinegar, topped with melted gruyere and served with a side of cicharron (crispy pork skins)—it’s the ultimate comfort food.

A French bakery may seem an unlikely spot for Thai soup, but that’s exactly what you’ll find at North Kansas City’s Le Monde Bakery—and it’s darn good soup too. Stop in to pick up crusty baguettes and croissants, but don’t leave without ordering a bowl of the Chicken Curry Soup. The creamy soup, which bears a fragrant Thai red curry flavor and large chunks of chicken, is served with a side of rice for an even more filling meal.

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Some days, nothing but good old tomato soup will do. The Tavern restaurants (in the Village and at Mission Farms) take the childhood classic from a can to a whole new level with their version—a tangy base made with fresh Italian herbs and served topped with crumbled goat cheese. A bowl is easily a meal in itself, but we love pairing it with the restaurants’ Tomato Basil Bruschetta.

The French have a way of making everything sound better. To wit, “Soupe a l’Oignon Gratinee” sounds so much more luxurious than “Onion Soup.” But then again, you need a pretty fancy name to convey the richness of Aixois menu offering: Grated, caramelized onions packed into a garlicky beefy broth, topped with a slice of baguette and melted cheese. C’est magnifique!

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Tomatoes, roasted corn, creamy avocado and fresh coriander add zing to CocoBolo’s Chicken Tortilla Soup, offering all the best flavors of Latin American cuisine in a bowl. The only excuse we can think of for not ordering this soup would be because you’re trying out the amazing Corn and Poblano Chowder instead.

Got a case of the seasonal sniffles? May we recommend Port Fonda’s Pozole Verde? With generous amounts of green chile-marinated pork and Rancho Gordo hominy in a tangy tomatillo broth, it’s the perfect prescription for whatever ails you. Try it with the restaurant’s amazing chicharrons and guacamole appetizer.

After 80 years in business, Stroud’s knows a thing or two about chicken. So it’s no surprise that its Chicken Noodle Soup is one of the best bowls in town. Housemade (naturally) chicken stock with flavorful thigh meat, chunks of celery, carrot and onion, loads of egg noodles and a generous pinch of thyme—traditional and tasty. Don’t forget to order a cinnamon roll on the side.