These 23 Soups from Cincinnati Restaurants Are Guaranteed to Warm You Up
By CityBeat Staff
It's January and whether you're trying to warm up, cut calories or you're like us and just genuinely love it, it's soup season.
If you're craving pho, matzah ball soup, some classic chicken noodle or anything in between, this list has got you. It's National Soup Month so celebrate by slurping at these Greater Cincinnati restaurants.
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349 Calhoun St., Clifton This Clifton eatery specializes in hand-pulled noodles, the star of its menu. In a soup, the noodles soak up the broth but stay chewy, a quality unique to fresh, homemade noodles. Options range from pork rib noodle soup to beef tripe and noodle and a veggie noodle soup with bok choy, Chinese cabbage and carrot.
6880 Wooster Pike, Mariemont The National Exemplar in the Mariemont Inn is a restaurant for those who like a reliable meal. Open since 1983, it’s a solid stalwart with a handful of favorite menu items that keep patrons coming back again and again (and again) like prime rib, liver and onions and Hungarian mushroom soup. The soup is a velvety dish, with added paprika, celery and plenty of chunky fungi. It's one of their signature dishes for a reason.
1437 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine “Simple food. Taken seriously” is the motto for Sacred Beast, a modern diner in Over-the-Rhine. The menu runs the gamut from lobster gravy fries to all day breakfast. But what we're here for today is the delicious matzah ball soup made with carrots, parsnips and dill.
1828 Race St., Over-the-Rhine Pho Lang Thang offers dishes like hot pho soup, spring rolls and the ever-popular banh mi sandwiches. Order from a wide variety of pho options, ranging from brisket and meatballs (Nạm, Bò Viên) to vegan mushroom pho or tendon and tripe (Gân, Sách). Grab some Lang Thang Vietnamese Coffee hot or iced.
8 E. Fourth St., Downtown; 3098 Madison Road, Oakley; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash A family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot, much of Sleepy Bee's food is sourced locally from farms with bee-friendly practices. For a vegan and gluten-free option, try the ginger coconut sweet potato soup spiced with ginger curry.
1 Findlay St., Over-the-Rhine ESSEN has been one of Over-the-Rhine's vegan hot spots for grab-and-go eats since opening in 2018. Their menu feels like comfort food, but with an upscale and modern tweak — 100% locally sourced, of course. Their creamy tomato bisque is made with roasted red peppers and coconut milk. It's dairy- and nut-free and well as vegan and vegetarian and can be made gluten-free.
5932 Hamilton Ave., College Hill Kiki offers two ramen choices: shio ramen, a chicken broth with pork belly, negi, a tea-marinated egg and rayu; and kimchi ramen, featuring housemade kimchi and tofu. They also serve up a bowl of plain noodles and broth. To warm up your pre-ramen palate, try the karraage deep-fried jackfruit or chicken, or the edamame, tossed in sea salt or tare.
231 Main St., Milford The mission of the Governor is to offer the perks of fine dining — locally procured meat and produce, a menu made from scratch, a carefully designed cocktail list — at a medium price point in a laid-back environment. For something unique, try the creamy kimchi tomato soup made with roasted tomatoes and Korean chili.
Multiple locations including 125 E. Court St., Downtown; 9328 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester; 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason The gourmet grilled cheese and tomato soup shop is famous for their signature grilled-cheese donut. The eatery started as a food tent on Fountain Square and was then featured on TV show Shark Tank. Of course, you can't have a grilled cheese without some dipping sauce aka tomato soup. They have classic or creamy.
1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine This charming French cafe from chef Jean-Robert de Cavel specializes in Parisian bistro classics, from quiche and croissants to omelets.The made-from-scratch creamy chicken soup is a favorite. The soup is not only warming but also filling, made with blended rice and mushrooms for something extra. Pair it with a baguette with tuna nicoise-style salad.