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January 4, 2021

Soup Season in the Twin Cities for Takeout or Home Cooking

Originally I talked about soups on the Jason show last February. Those were the before times. Before the state shut down restaurants on March 17, 2020, due to a global pandemic. Since then, restaurants have been opened to limited capacity for indoor dining or closed for takeout only as they are today. However, soup season must go on whether it’s in your home or curbside pick up at your favorite restaurant.

As of January 4, 2021, here are my favorite soups for curbside pick up:

Soups For Pick Up and Takeout:

Tomato Basil Soup at NOLO’s Kitchen and Bar:

This tomato soup is simple, delicious, and full of flavor with a swirl of pesto and topped with buttery croutons. Curbside pick up or takeout available from DoorDash.

Pho at I-Pho

Pho at I-Pho by Saigon St. Paul:

This St. Paul soup is my go-to on most occasions. Nothing blasts a winter cold like a bowl of Pho. Pho (pronounced “fuh”) actually refers to the rice noodles, not the soup itself. This rice noodle soup base is beef broth served with basil leaves, bean sprouts, and lime wedges, and is topped with cilantro, and white and green onions. I like to get mine with beef round, wontons, or meatballs, and when I eat it, I add Sriracha bite by bite on my spoon. There are three sizes of bowls here. The large bowl easily feeds a family of 4. This pho is worth driving across town for.

Ramen at Zen Box Izakaya Minneapolis:

The kimchi ramen is incredible. The broth is pork-based and smooth and silky, with a pleasant amount of heat. The noodles are excellent for slurping. Not too soft and not too firm. The kimchi and soft-boiled eggs are jammy with bits of pork as a yummy addition. A family-run spot that I encourage everyone to check out. They have delivery or takeout of their Kimchi or Tonkotsu Ramen.

Congee at Indochin Vietnamese Restaurant St. Paul

Congee is a warm, hearty porridge with ginger, green onion, crispy shallots, and cilantro. Additional proteins can be added but this base is warm, hearty, and comforting. Orders can be picked up at curbside or ordered for takeout.

Cream of Crab Soup at Dixie’s on Grand

For me, one of the main reasons to visit Charleston, South Carolina is to have the cream of crab soup at every restaurant you can. Cream, crab, and sherry make this one of my favorite soups. In the Twin Cities, you can order this curbside or takeout from Dixie’s which does a great job on this crab soup and their gumbo.

Chicken Noodle Soup at The Lowry Minneapolis:

Sometimes, only chicken noodle soup will do. The Lowry has a hearty comforting broth. Big chunks of white meat chicken with carrot disks and celery slices paired with noodles and fresh herbs. This soup will cure any winter blues.

Jamaican Red Pea Soup with Coconut Milk at Pimento:

Kidney Beans or (peas) are the base for this vegan coconut milk soup filled with delicious spices from Pimento Jamaican Kitchen. This soup heats you up from the inside out and is hearty even though it’s vegan.

Soups for Door Drops or to share at Fire Pits with neighbors:

For the holidays this year, I made soup instead of cookies.

I love soup. I make it all the time and freeze it in mason jars. I am a mason jar hoarder, or “Joarder,” as my friend Jen calls it. What better way to express your gratitude or love for someone at the holidays than with soup. I am going to do this soup delivery each year. I had so many friends reach out and tell me how much they liked it. No matter what soup you gift – make it cute. Tie a ribbon around your jar and add a recipe card or put it in a gift bag with a loaf of take-and-bake bread.

I also know lots of friends are gathering outdoors and at fire pits in these Covid times. Any of these soups could be made in a slow cooker and plugged in for socially distanced gatherings. Go to your favorite store and pick up travel mugs that each guest can take home or ceramic cups (there are thousands of them) at your favorite thrift store.

Here is the recipe for the Instant Pot Wild Rice soup that I made and the Creamy Roasted Tomato Basil. Another soup that is in my repertoire that would be great to do as a Valentine’s Day door drop is my take on the Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana, Chicken Chili Verde or my Slow Cooker White Bean and Ham Soup.