It’s true that “Soup is good food.” And it goes especially well with a side of snow showers, like we have today.
I’ve gone soup tasting all over the Montclair area recently, and discovered dozens of delicious bisques, broths, stews, and cock-a-leekies. (Ok, so I didn’t find the fabulous sounding chicken and leek Scottish soup—but I’m still hunting!)
Here are my “Golden Spoon” award winners, by category:
Plum’s is robustly flavored; CFK’s is fragrantly spiced. Hard to believe they’re both dairy-free.
Harvest stew with beef: Heavenly Temptations
A hearty stew, comprised of various root vegetables, mushrooms and chunks of tender beef.
This is also our “worth the trip” winner, as Heavenly Temptations is located about a half-hour drive northwest of Montclair in Boonton, NJ.
Leek, Celeriac Root and Fennel: Le Salbuen Café Market
Thick, creamy, and delicately spiced with pumpkin seed oil. Bonus points for the familial-yet-hip café vibe.
Lentil: Samba Montclair
Garlicky, with the perfect balance of seasoning, vegetables, and lentils.
Miso: Toro Sushi Bar
Not too salty. Pure lip-smacking umami goodness.
Mulligatawny: Stock Pot
Creamy, with just enough kick. The charming, 94-year-old cashier, Bess Kelly, attributes her longevity to “eating Stock Pot soup everyday.”
Vegetarian Black Bean: Panera Bread
Satisfying, yet low in calories and price.
Vegetarian Chili: Tinga Taqueria
Veggie chili so flavorful you don’t miss the meat.
Even after all the reporting, I’m still in search of my own holy grail: chicken noodle soup half as tasty as my mom’s.
I have warm childhood memories of watching her roll out the elastic dough–pale yellow from all the eggs she added–and slice it into long, uneven strips with a butter knife. My little sister and I would end up with traces of flour around our mouths from stealing nibbles of the soft yummy dough.
Please tell us in comments about your favorite, locally available soups. Extra credit for sharing where to buy excellent home made chicken noodle soup, meat chili, or cock-a-leekie!