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BEST Soup

2006 BEST Soup
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Pigalle

Boston

Marc Orfaly’s velvety take on the New England staple ($16) is incredibly creamy, yet still frothy and light. Accented with meaty clams and slivers of exotic lily bulb, it’s a harmony of well-chosen flavors. read more»

2000 BEST Soup, Gourmet

Lobster Soup, The Federalist

Boston

Chef Robert Fathman has created a monster. His lobster soup is far beyond the usual bisque; instead of using lobster stock to fortify the stuff, he relies on both fresh and caramelized lobster meat. Hints of brandy add warmth, while… read more»

2000 BEST Soup, Affordable

Oxtail Soup, Matt Murphy’s Pub

Brookline

Cynical James Joyce said that Irish art was “the cracked looking glass of a servant.” Obviously, he never took the Green Line to Brookline for a pint of Guinness and a bowl of Matt Murphy’s unique oxtail soup, a divine… read more»

1999 BEST Soup

The New England Soup Factory

Brookline

These unassuming storefronts take their motto—Feed Your Body Well—to heart, with some 75 alternating choices, all wholesome and flavorful. We slurped lentil; sweet and sour cabbage with fresh dill, white bean, and tomato; numerous chowders; and hearty chilis. Iced soups… read more»

1998 BEST Soup

The New England Soup Factory

Brookline

Next time you’re sick and Mom offers to bring over some chicken noodle soup, ask her if she can swing by Brookline instead. Even the best grandmother can’t beat a selection that changes daily and includes mouthwatering, innovative tastes such… read more»

1997 BEST Soup

New England Soup Factory

Brookline

You must take seriously any soup shop that boasts “Triple Strength Chicken Vegetable Available Daily.” The Factory means business, with four alternating selections of more than 75 varieties every day. Cool down on a summer evening with a chilled bowl… read more»

1996 BEST Soup

New England Soup Factory

Brookline

At least four different seasonal soups made form scratch every day, as well as chili, chowder, triple—strength chicken vegetable soup, and a range of appealing salads make this a popular destination among Brookline’s lunch seekers. We loved the root vegetable… read more»

1991 BEST Soup, Chicken

Boston Chicken

Boston

Even if you don’t have a cold, a bowl of this stuff will make you feel better. Only the Boylston Street location is tops. The rest don’t measure up. read more»

1979 BEST Soup

Continental Café

Somerville

Garlic soup at the Continental Café (the Portuguese half), 445 Somerville St., Somerville. This pungent broth, supporting croutons and a perfectly poached egg, is strong enough to clear your sinuses but subtle enough so that it won’t leave your close… read more»