Here Are Our Favorite Soups Around Boston

January 5, 2016

Winter is here. Here's where to get chicken pot pie, ramen, pho and chowder to keep it cozy.

Nicole Fleming
Best soups around Boston

It was balmy and mild last year too — until suddenly, angrily, with a vengeance —  it wasn’t.  We may have banned "polar vortex" from our collective vocabularly, but it's going to get a little frosty up in here.

The silver lining is that it feels extra-nice to warm up with a hot, slurpable meal. Here are four of the best soups in the Boston area to keep you cozy when the inevitable chill arrives:

1. The New England Soup Factory in Newton is the long-acclaimed and always-bustling soup hotspot of greater Boston. Whatever your go-to classic American comfort soup is, husband-and-wife team Marjorie Druker and Paul Brophy just might make it better than your mom does (sorry). The chicken pot pie is especially dreamy, with chunks of white meat chicken in a thick gravy mixed with vegetables and topped with a buttery puff pastry.

244 Needham Street, Newton, 617.558.9966,

Best soups around Boston

2. Shojo in Chinatown offers eclectic Asian-fusion fare starring ramen during the lunch hour. This is not the prepackaged ramen from your college days; this is ramen with Cantonese-style pork belly and a six-minute egg in a rich chicken broth.

9A Tyler St, Boston, 617.423.7888,

3. The Daily Catch is a popular Sicilian seafood restaurant with a famously tiny location in the North End, a second location in Brookline and, most recently, a third on the Seaport. It also has some stellar clam "chowdah." Of course, the title for the ultimate New England clam chowder will always see healthy competition and grumbling disagreement, but Boston Magazine gave the 2015 “Best of Boston” chowder award to this bowl.

3 locations: 323 Hanover Street, North End, Boston; 441 Harvard Street, Brookline; 2 Northern Avenue, Seaport, Boston;

4. Pho Basil in Back Bay serves a wide variety of pho, the popular Vietnamese noodle soup. For chilly weather, you can’t go wrong with the tom yum: a spicy, aromatic, Thai-style hot-and-sour soup with thick udon noodles, shrimp, chicken, mushroom, scallion, cilantro and chili paste.

177A Massachusetts Ave, Boston, 617.262.5377,

Pre-gaming for winter never tasted so good.

Nicole Fleming is the author of The Girl Who Ate Boston food blog. Follow her on Twitter @GirlEatsBoston.

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