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Last modified on November 28th, 2018 at 10:42 am
The depth of flavor in a good bowl of soup — or serving of stew — takes you to a place of comfort.
Stews are best when shared with a group of people but soups can be enjoyed anytime — before your main meal or as the meal itself, alone or with friends. We’ve found soups and stews in Tucson that cater to your needs and awaken the senses this season.
As it gets chillier outside, stay warm with these savory and heartwarming bowls.
Los Jarritos — on the corner of Irvington — is a family-owned restaurant that has been around for over 30 years. Their meatball, onion, rice, and cilantro soup is a customer favorite. The zest and crunch from the onion, paired with the hearty meatballs make a small, 16 oz, bowl quite filling and satisfying.
For more information, visit losjarritosmexicanfood.com.
Avgolemono is a Greek soup that’s both savory and tart. The lemon provides a refreshing citrus flavor and the chicken broth, warmth. The soup is filled — generously — with rice and served with a side of pita — perfect for dunking.
For more information, visit fronimos.com.
Russia and Armenia are a few places claiming to be the homeland of borscht. It’s ultimately a Slavic dish — beet soup. Sometimes people add meat or potatoes, making it something between a stew and soup. European Market, however, keeps it simple and serves theirs with a side of sour cream and bread.
For more information, visit europeanmarketandeli.com.
Le Rendez-vous has an intimate, classy space and serves up Bouillabaisse. This hearty tomato fish stew — with scallops, shrimp, salmon, mussels, and sea bass — is a French classic said to be a kind of Provencal fish chowder.
For more information, visit rendezvoustucson.com.
The Bun Bo Hue at Pho Can Tho is filled with rice vermicelli, beef, and pork. The spicy noodle soup acquired its name from the central Vietnamese city of Hue known for its special style of cooking. It has a rich taste prompted by spicy, sour, and salty flavors.
Keep up with Pho Can Tho on Facebook.
Bison Witches holds down the fort on soups al la bread bowl. Cream of Potato Bacon, Cream of Broccoli, Wisconsin Cheese, Boston Clam Chowder, and Chili are the soups worth ordering. Opt to combine the Broccoli and Wisconsin Cheese for a cheesy, smoky soup made better served in a bowl you can eat.
For more information, visit bisonwitchestucson.com.
Calde de Queso is a traditional queso soup said to have originated from Sonora, Mexico. Onions, potatoes, chilies, and a decent helping of queso fresco are combined to create a thin, flavorful chicken broth. The melted cheese creates a dumpling-like texture. El Indio is a colorful place to enjoy authentic Calde de Queso on a cold day.
Keep up with El Indio Restaurant on Facebook.
Caldo 7 Mares — Seafood Soup — serves fish fillet, shrimp, octopus, calamari, and baby clams in a house-made fish stock. The seafood is tender and the broth, light. This fresh soup evokes the comfort food of the Mexican Coastline.
For more information, visit mariscoschihuahua.com.
On Sundays, Beyond Bread serves Chicken & Dumpling Soup — and it’s worth making a special trip for it. The soup is creamy, the dumplings chewy, and the chicken tender. It’s perfect comfort food.
For more information, visit beyondbread.com.
Sauce serves their house-made Chicken Noodle Soup on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays. Chicken, zucchini, carrots, and red peppers are combined and topped with parmesan and spinach. Compared to your typical chicken noodle, this one’s heavy on the veggies, making it savory and nutrient dense.
For more information, visit saucepizzaandwine.com.
If you love seafood pasta, satisfy your craving with our Cioppino alla Ligure. This dish is a hearty mix of shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels, and the fish of the day. Served on a bed of spaghetti.
Cioppino is seafood stew — similar to a bouillabaisse, but with the subtle spicy warmth of saffron. Tavolino’s goes all out for theirs, adding shrimp, scallops, calamari, mussels, and the fish of the day over spaghetti.
For more information, visit tavolinoristorante.com.
The Tomatillo Gazpacho from Arizona Inn’s Main Dining Room is a refreshing choice for a soup. The soup is made from tomatillos — the husked fruits native to Mexico that gives it a green hue and bright flavor. This tomatillo is complemented by the red bell pepper, cucumber, onion, garlic, a touch of jalapeno, and earthy spices.
For more information, visit arizonainn.com/dining.
This buttery, tender stew is served with a large portion of rice — great for adding bulk to the flavorful broth. Visit Alafia if you want to try authentic West African cuisine.
Keep up with Alafia West African Cuisine on Facebook.
This “Southern Fusion Gastropub” uses chicken and andouille sausage in their Louisiana stew. This dish combines French and Spanish culinary influences, adding just the right amount of spice. To top it off, Guedry’s Gumbo comes with hushpuppies — soft cornmeal center inside a crispy batter — that are an obvious choice. Add shrimp and crawfish to take it over the top.
For more information, visit theparishtucson.com.
This Mexican vermicelli noodle soup is best enjoyed with a healthy squirt of lime. While the Pollo (chicken) version is the common go-to, the vegan version here is also crave-worthy.
For more information, visit tanias33.com.
French Onion Soup is served at Ghini’s with a Provencal, herb-infused beef stock. It is topped with grilled baguettes and melted Gruyere cheese. The broth is rich and flavorful with the perfect balance between cheese and caramelized onions.
For more information, visit ghiniscafe.com.
Italian Wedding Soup got its name from the flavor “marriage” of the greens and meats in this soup. Orzo pasta, spinach, mini meatballs, and chicken broth make a heart-warming combination.
For more information, visit mamalouisas.com.
Kimchi jjigae is a popular Korean winter stew. It’s typically made with fermented kimchi, pork belly, and tofu. The flavor is spicy but the creamy tofu balances the acidity.
Keep up with Kimchi Time on Facebook.
This Matzo Ball Soup has a simple broth with olive oil and onions. It’s served with two hearty matzo balls that are filling and soft. This is the go-to kosher deli for this warm broth that will satisfy.
For more information, visit kosherdelitucson.com.
Who knew beef stomach would be so popular? This traditional Mexican soup is a broth with a red chili pepper base that adds tripe, hominy, lime, onions, and cilantro. It is a flavorful and hearty stew that is well executed.
For more information, visit taqueriaelpueblito.com.
Take the chill off today with a delicious homemade minestrone!
Gusto Osteria takes the concept of Italian home cooking to the East side of town. Minestrone is one of their staple soups that is served daily. This Italian favorite is filled with fresh vegetables and pasta.
For more information, visit gustotucson.com.
There’s nothing like a piping hot bowl of miso soup to start your meal. The tofu adds texture, the seaweed saltiness, and the creamy broth rounds out the flavor. For an added bonus, get yours free with sushi orders.
For more information, visit kazokurestaurant.com.
7607 N. Oracle Rd.
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I love this restaurant in Oro Valley so much, Saffron Indian Bistro. They have a killer lunch buffet 7 days a week (11-3), and most of their dishes are gluten-free! Great customer service and attention to food allergies. Comfort food that’s healthy & delicious! #healthyindianfood #orovalley #foodallergyfriendly
This fragrant soup is made with chicken, red and yellow lentils, and cream. The herbs and spices are the real anchors in this soup. You find notes of ginger, garlic, coriander, and mint. Stop by to try this flavorful bowl of Mulligatawny Shorba.
For more information, visit tucsonindianrestaurant.com.
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Trident Grill mixes bar food eats with seafood in a wonderful way. Their clam chowder has a creamy base and the meaty clams hit the spot.
For more information, visit tridentgrill.com.
The Friday and Saturday special over at this Hawaiian eatery is their Oxtail Soup. The oxtail is served with peanuts, ginger, baby bok choy, and shitake mushrooms, rice, and ginger soy sauce. This stew is a substantial choice and rich in flavor.
For more information, visit islandplatelunch.com.
If you’ve never heard of peanut soup, you’re not alone. Although largely uncommon, this creamy, nutty soup is called The Game Changer for a reason. In short, peanuts, yams, ginger, pineapple, and lime combine to create a decadent winter bowl.
For more information, visit downtownkitchen.com.
Bursting with fragrant spices, the pho broth sets the soup at Pho #1 apart. Pho Dac Biet features different cuts of beef and is served with limes, basil, and bean sprouts — which can be added to suit your preference.
For more information, visit Pho #1 on Yelp.
Posole — which translates to hominy — is accurately a corn soup with meat. Birrieria Guadalajara’s recipe is hearty in a southwestern kind of way. It’s mildly spicy and very tasty.
Keep up with Birrieria Guadalajara on Facebook.
Ikkyu serves authentic Japanese food and offers ramen on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Their soup is delicious and comforting. They have Tonkatso Ramen with a pork bone broth, Miso Ramen with a prominent miso flavor, and Shoyu Ramen flavored with soy sauce.
For more information, visit ikkyutucson.com.
Solid Grindz — Hawaiian slang for “Good Food” — serve the soup seasonally, typically starting around mid-November as it gets cool outside. The Saimin — a Hawaiian noodle soup — comes with egg and your choice of meat, and is topped with cilantro.
For more information, visit solidgrindz.com.
Nick’s has a rotating daily menu featuring house-made cuisine. Try their Sinigang for a unique stew that features pork, tamarind, onions, and various spices. This savory soup is traditionally a Filipino dish.
Keep up with Nick’s Sar-Sari Store on Facebook.
Noodleholics hand makes all of their noodles. Enough said. The Tawain Beef Noodle Soup features house-made wheat noodles in beef broth, topped with bok choy, pickled green, green onion, and cilantro. Winter weather perfection.
For more information, visit noodleholics.com.
Order a bowl 47 Scott’s Tomato Soup and their Grilled Cheese as a side. The tomato flavor is bold and seems to melt in your mouth. The swirl of basil oil on top gives a light, refreshing hint of herb.
For more information, visit 47scott.com.
This Thai coconut soup has a depth of spicy and sour flavors. The creaminess comes from the coconut milk. Moreover, the chicken is tender and pairs well with the lime. You can order the Tom Kha Gai community style, making it a great option to share.
Keep up with Bai Thong on Facebook.
The Thom Yum at Senae is brimming with a complex red-hot spice from the chili pepper. The soup has velvety straw mushrooms and your choice of protein. The subtle lemongrass calms the heat. If it’s still too spicy, though, order some Thai tea.
For more information, visit senaethai.com.
The tortilla soup at Jerry Bob’s is phenomenal. It’s a house favorite for a reason — crunchy tortilla strips, good sized pieces of chicken, and melted cheese. Most importantly, dig in and tear up the tortilla side.
For more information, visit Jerry Bob’s on Valencia on Yelp.
Saguaro Corners, on the Eastside of the city, is frequented by bicyclists as well as locals wanting a scenic desert view from the light-strung patio. Equipped with space heaters, there’s no need to hustle indoors to enjoy this cozy bowl of butternut bisque — perfectly spiced, thick, and comforting.
For more information, visit saguarocorners.net.