Best of Boston

1997 Best Soup

New England Soup Factory

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 of Blueberry Peach or serve some Gazpacho to guests. When winter rolls around, be ready with Hot Carrot and Ginger, Double Onion with Sherry, or Classic Lentil. The only Soup Nazi-esque thing about this place is the price: a slightly steep $4.25 for a 12 oz. bowl.

2-4 Brookline Place, Brookline, 617-739-1899,