Ah, soup . . . that warm, savory soul balm that makes cold and blustery (or just plain difficult) days a little bit more bearable. When a warmed-up can of potage just isn’t good enough, Chicago eateries come through with some tastes-like-homemade options that will have you checking the kitchen to make sure your grandma is not in there stirring pots. Hungry now? Well, here are five tasty, hearty soups that are oh-so-worth trying.
Craving some stick-to-your-ribs ethnic flavor? Head over to Fat Rice in the Logan Square neighborhood for some Sambar. Chef Abraham Conlon’s version of this popular South Indian legume and vegetable-based soup is made with toor dal, split pea, dried coconut, tamarind, fenugreek, curry leaves, mustard seed, and, for that extra zest, dried shrimp and shaved bonito. ($8/Bowl)
Fat Rice | 2957 W. Diversey Avenue | 773-661-9170
This steamy bowl of seafood soup goodness from Executive Chef Russell Kook features large chunks of tender white fish simmered in a tomato base with a Louisiana hot sauce zing that warms you up just right. For an added treat, get a side of chipotle-roasted corn. You'll be positively glowing on the inside. ($5.50/cup, $7.25/bowl)
Hugo’s Frog Bar & Fish House | 1024 N. Rush Street | 312-640-0999