The top 25 soup in Toronto by neighbourhood
Soup is a staple starter and hearty liquid lunch option in Toronto, especially as the days grow cold. Be it a rich bisque, clear consommé or chunky chowder, there's a seemingly endless variety to choose from, so when selecting from the options that abound, I considered the specialists as well as those establishments where ordering a single steaming bowl would be most welcome.
Here are my picks for the top soup in Toronto by neighbourhood.
One Love Vegetarian can be found just north of Bathurst Station ladling out piping hot bowls of corn soup ($3/$5) to go. This rich, peppery broth is thickened with chunks of potato, Jamaican pumpkin, peas and fresh corn.
Chicken soup by the cup ($2.75) or bowl ($4.50) is a staple on the menu at Murgatroid, but you'll also find daily features like tomato soup, or roasted squash. Mason jars for take-home are available too.
Souppe Shoppe operates out of an upcycled shipping container at Market 707. Expect to find hearty seasonal selections like clam chowder, Thai chicken stew, and Ethiopian lentil soup in the colder months, and gazpacho and vichyssoise in the summer.
Thrive Organic Kitchen is a vegan cafe where you can curl up on a couch by a fireplace to enjoy daily soup that rotate through a roster including cream of broccoli, kale and spinach, Mexican black bean soup, and creamy coconut ginger with sweet potato soup (to name just a few).
Soup is just one of the many prepared foods stocked by health food shop, Naturally Yours in First Canadian Place. The selection cycles through options like yam potage, mushroom barley, pesto minestrone, and chickpea basil.
Soup ($4/$6) at The Beet is made fresh daily and served with multi-grain toast slathered with sun dried tomato pesto. Creamy sweet potato coconut soup and curried butternut squash are just a couple recent examples.
Soup at Hibiscus Cafe is sold by the cup ($4.50), bowl ($5.85), or paired with a salad ($12.50). The daily selection offers options like ginger squash, sweet potato coconut milk, or miso soup swimming with cauliflower, chickpeas, and potato.
The housemade soup ($3/$4.20) is on a schedule at Wagamama. Highlights include the vegan carrot and fennel soup served Wednesdays, corn chowder with bacon on Fridays, and apple squash soup on Saturdays.
Health conscious soup is the specialty at Oats & Ivy where Moroccan lentil soup ($6.25) is loaded with chickpeas, spinach and mint, and the chicken and kale soup ($7.95) features wild rice and a medley of vegetables.
Istanbul Cafe will have you slurping up every last drop of Turkish soup ($5). This steaming bowl of comfort comprises lentils and carrots and is finished with sumac and garnished with mint.
United Bakers Dairy always has soup on its menu ($3.69/$4.89). Every day you'll find a choice of either green split pea or beet borscht, plus a daily feature like vegetable, bean and barley, potato, or cabbage borscht.
Spicy coconut laska packed with chow mein, tofu and eggplant is the thing to get at Hawker Bar. Order a veg-friendly version for $11.50 or have it with extra protein like chicken ($12.50) or shrimp ($14).
Saffron Spice Kitchen offers one vegetarian soup and one non-vegetarian soup each day ($4/$6). Look forward to options like chicken and lentil, split pea, butternut squash, and mulligatawny.
As its name suggests, RaviSoups is devoted to bisques, broths, and purées. The hearty curried apricot and red lentil soup ($8.99) served with cheddar biscuit and red pepper jelly is a local fave.
Pulp Kitchen is a great source for soup by the bowl ($5.50) or take-home jar ($12). The lunch counter stirs up the selection daily with options like curried veg purée, sprouted black bean, and kale and sweet potato soup.
Dundas Park Kitchen is a lunch counter and bake shop where an ever changing array of soups includes options like chicken with orzo, tomato basil with cheddar croutons, and Mexican black bean soup. Add soup as a side to any sandwich for $3, make it a meal for $7 or take home a litre for $14.
Cliffside Hearth Bread Company knows that a hearty bowl of soup and a nice crusty bread are a perfect match. In the cooler months (fall through spring) find one litre containers ($9.50) offered in weekly featured flavours like lentil, split pea, or minestrone with quinoa - all of which are lean and low in salt.
ST. CLAIR WEST
CocoaLatte is more than just a coffee shop. Homestyle, organic, and vegan sopa del dia is big draw at lunch and has been known to feature selections like tortilla soup and apple squash purée.
Lead photo from Maha's by Jesse Milns.
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