Jan 13, 2023 - Food and Drink

Try these tasty Richmond soups

Illustration of a pair of chopsticks holding noodles above a bowl of pho.

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Ned here. I've been on a bit of a soup kick lately.

Why it matters: I've developed strong opinions and am now prepared to share them.

  • In no particular order, here are my three favorite bowls from Richmond-area restaurants.
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French onion soup from Can Can ($13). Easily the least healthy and most expensive option. Possibly also the most delicious.

  • It’s a total classic, perfectly executed from the rich onion broth to the bubbly cheese melted on top.
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Pho from Pho Tay Do ($8.50). I’ll be honest, I’m not sure if Pho Tay Do is any better than any of the other nearby pho restaurants. But the portions are large, and the atmosphere sets it apart.

  • If you haven’t been, it’s in a converted house decorated with life-size cutouts of smiling people. Be warned: cash only.
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Matzo ball soup from Perly's ($10). A sick day go-to, for sure. But don’t wait until you’re too congested to appreciate this dill-laden masterpiece.

  • By the way, the 10 bucks is for a massive bowl with two giant matzo balls — definitely a full meal.

Worth noting: I'm still looking for a solid chowder option.

  • Yellow Umbrella is the best I've tried so far, but it only comes cold in takeaway containers.

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