Asked + answered: What’s your favorite soup in Asheville?


Photo by Thai Pearl

Remember last month when we asked you, our fabulous readers, to tell us who has your favorite soups in the city? Well, we’ve got souper news (see what we just did?). Today, we’re bringing you the top 10 mentions, which already have us ready to slurp our cares away.

1️⃣ Lobster Bisque from Chestnut (48 Biltmore Ave.)

Lobster, Troy & Sons Oak Reserve whiskey, cream, chives | $8

2️⃣ Medicine Man from Heiwa Shokudo (87 N. Lexington Ave.)

Lump crab, corn, shiitake mushrooms, wakame, and your choice of soba or udon noodle | $8.50

3️⃣ French Onion Soup from Cecilia’s Kitchen (870 Merrimon Ave.)

Rich onion soup topped with Swiss cheese and crostinis | $12

4️⃣ Pink Noodle Soup from Thai Pearl (747 Haywood Rd.)

Wide rice noodles in red tofu + bean paste broth (hence its lovely pink hue), Asian greens, scallions, sprouts, carrots, cabbage, cilantro, crushed peanuts, crispy garlic oil and lime with your choice of chicken, pork, tofu, or extra veggies. | $12

5️⃣ Corn and Crab Chowder from Corner Kitchen (3 Boston Way)

A creamy chowder with corn, crab meat, and cilantro | $5 cup, $7 bowl

6️⃣ Italian Wedding Soup from Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian

Mini meatballs, fresh spinach, thyme, ricotta cheese whey + parmesan in a base of chicken broth | $6 cup, $11 bowl

7️⃣ Vietnamese Shrimp & Rice Soup from All Souls Pizza (175 Clingman Ave.)

One of the pizzeria’s rotating soup flavors, it contains shrimp, rice, and Asian flavors | $8

8️⃣ She-crab soup from Veranda Cafe (119 Cherry St., Black Mountain)

Silky + creamy crab-based soup that some claim is better than that made in the Lowcountry | $4 cup, $6 bowl

9️⃣ Chicken, Sunchoke, and Kale soup from 67 Biltmore (67 Biltmore Ave.)

Their weekly offerings include a meaty one and a vegan/vegetarian option, and the flavors vary based on what’s available + in season | $4 bowl, $5 cup, $10 take-away quart

🔟 Lentil minestrone soup from Modesto (1 Page Ave., #138)

Hearty veggie + pasta-laden minestrone with lentils | $12

Honorable mentions: Lobster bisque from The Lobster Trap, tomato bisque from West End Bakery (not currently available), the Brunswick stew from Black Bear BBQ, and any soup from Well-Bred Bakery or BimBeriBon.

Did any spectacular soups get left off this list? Please drop them in the comments below. 👇

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