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The Best Soup In Seattle
Seattle restaurants where you’ll find some great soup.
Maybe your car battery died. Or you’re so congested that you panicked and cleaned CVS out of Flonase. It’s also possible that you just realized your roommate has been using your toothbrush ever since they moved in. These are all situations that can improve exponentially with hot soup. Granted, broth and noodles can’t find you a new roommate, but at least it can make you feel a little better. Maybe nothing bad happened at all, but still, you just want some soup. It happens. Here are the best restaurants to get some.
If you want soup but you also need a peaceful setting, Kamonegi is your place. The soba here is so pure and comforting that it feels like taking a bath, except for the fact that Lush doesn’t make mushroom broth and buckwheat noodle glitter bombs (yet). Don’t forget the tempura and duck meatballs.
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Sure, we're really in Lotus Pond's BBQ pork soup for the shrimp and pork dumplings submerged inside, which are some of the best in town. The filling is generously seasoned, and when the wrapper edges get plump with schmaltzy broth, it's a beautiful thing. But wontons aside, this thing is still an exemplary (and massive) bowl of broth, chewy egg noodles, and tender hunks of delicious meat.
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Phở Bắc Sup Shop
Pho Bac Sup Shop should be your go-to for pho when you want a fun dinner without having to change out of your sweatpants. It’s easy to get in, appetizers (like fries with lemongrass mayo) will go nicely with your soup, and we could eat the slow-poached chicken pho all day. In case you also like to party while wearing an elastic waistband, there are blue cocktails and a photo booth.
This Korean spot on Beacon Hill specializes in comfort food, and their chicken sujebi is no exception. The kimchi broth is tangy with an ideal punch of heat, but the best part about the soup base is how the other items in the bowl soak in all of that fermented flavor, from tender braised chicken thigh to chewy hand-torn noodle pieces that plump up with the good stuff. Rainy days are truly no match for By Tae's excellent stew, especially if you add on a spam slider.
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Ba Bar is somehow always packed, so eating pho here is always a bit of a to-do. But their pho is delicious. You’re in good hands with the phở tái nạm, complete with rare shaved eye of round, buttery slices of brisket, and a comforting, cinnamon-forward broth. And when your bowl is empty, the fun is certainly not over—grab a wafer cone piped with pandan soft serve for your burnt tongue.
Pike Place Chowder
Sometimes, you just need to eat a half-gallon of clam chowder out of a hollowed-out boule of sourdough, and that’s OK. That’s why Pike Place Chowder exists (in addition to being a tourist holding area). There are a couple different kinds of chowder here, but always pick the creamy clam over the smoked salmon chowder that tastes a little too much like cream cheese and looks a little too much like Pepto Bismol.
In the case of the hot pot, the broth is usually a cooking vessel rather than the main event. But at Morfire, a little Thai hot pot place on Capitol Hill, you’ll want to drink the broth. You can split the pot in two separate flavors (we like the miso and the chicken), and then you’ll pick various vegetables and proteins to cook in the boiling broth. This is not a “less is more” situation, and we recommend starting with tofu, chicken, wontons, the ground pork and prawn mixture, vegetables, and going from there.
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Noodle/Bar is a beacon of light on a crummy weather day no matter what you order, be it fantastic dumplings stained orange with chili sauce, or braised tofu and mushrooms over rice. But if you're still shivering through your Patagonia puffer, you want this soupy bowl of wanza mian with ground pork, tender Chinese broccoli, and chickpeas. It has nutrients, it has a slow-burning spice, and it has your name written all over it. Especially if your name is Noodle.
It’s debatable whether khao soi is soup, stew, or noodles, but we’re not interested in the semantics of things—we just want hot liquid in a bowl. The combination of coconut milk, curry, egg noodles, and a slight zing from lime makes Bangrak Market’s khao soi the perfect thing when you're craving both soup and something that has creaminess and spice.
Phở Viet Anh
PhOne of the reasons we like Pho Viet Anh so much is that they play sultry jazz instrumental covers of Top 40 songs. There’s just something special about sipping soup while listening to a saxophone rendition of “Shake It Off.” Choose between four different broths with any type of protein (you’re going to want the spicy beef broth if you can handle it), and get an order of the fried pork and shrimp spring rolls, too.
Hokkaido Ramen Santouka
There are so many great ramen places in this city, but Hokkaido Ramen Santouka has been our number one since day one. Everything about the soup is consistent, from the richness of the broth to the soft egg that comes on top. If you want ramen but are more indecisive than people playing a heated game of Terraforming Mars, choose this one.
Marmite’s logo is a soup kettle, so it’d be pretty embarrassing if they weren’t good at making soup. Luckily, they know what they’re doing in that department—especially when it comes to the poule verte with chicken, ham, pork belly, and cabbage. It’s on the lighter side, but very warming to eat a bowl in a space that kind of feels like Poseidon’s summer home.
Ooink is a small ramen spot in a neighborhood where there are lots of other places to eat noodle soup. But this one stands out because the pork is really tender and the gyoza dumplings are massive. The only drawback is that it’s tiny in here, so don’t come with a group. Pop in alone or with one other person when a hot bowl of broth is necessary, like when you get teeth pulled, fired from your job, or both on the same day.
Deru is a market one of your friends might describe as “rustic California chic.” It’s in a residential pocket of Kirkland, and it happens to be a fantastic place to eat anything, especially soup. The soup rotates every day, but we’ve seen corn chowder, cauliflower potato leek, and carrot topped with pepitas, and they’re all outrageously good, especially on a rainy night with a stick of focaccia for dipping and a beet iced tea for drinking.
Kizuki Ramen & Izakaya
Kizuki’s miso ramen has enough garlic to cancel a vampire picnic, but we don’t care. The broth is silky, the noodles are nice and firm, and the corn and scallions provide nice crunch and sharpness, respectively. If you want to do it things right, order some gyoza and slide them into your soup.
Danbo is a ramen chain that originated in Vancouver and is big on customization. So you can decide things like noodle thickness and firmness, spice level, richness, and even broth thickness. It’d be a challenge to not find your soulmate ramen in here.
If you’re in the mood for chicken soup but want something a lot heartier, check out the avgolemono at Nikos Gyros. It’s thick, lemony, and has a terrific broth-to-rice-to-chicken ratio. We like eating it at a comfortable table with a hot side of pita, but we don’t blame you if you get it to-go and drink it like tea in your car.