Super Soups: Warm Up with 10 Classic Soups This Winter

In the cold winter months, nothing satisfies like a hot bowl of soup. This country is home to some famous and a few perhaps less well known (but still delectable) regional and adapted ethnic soups — from New England Clam Chowder and New Orleans Gumbo to South Asian Laksa, Pennsylvania Mushroom, and Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup. Here are 10 of our favorite classic soups and where to get yourself a bowl.

Cioppino, Cioppino’s, San Francisco, California
The name says it all. This beloved Fisherman’s Wharf restaurant has been churning out bowls of this uniquely San Franciscan spicy fish stew since 1997. Their namesake soup brims with mussels, Dungeness crab, shrimp, snapper, clams, calamari, and tomatoes swimming in fennel- and wine-scented broth. Thick hunks of sourdough toast served alongside are perfect for sopping every last bit of that spicy, rust-colored broth. Make a reservation at Cioppino’s.

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Mushroom Soup, Parc, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Half of America’s mushrooms are grown in the tiny Chester County borough of Kennett Square, about 40 miles southwest of Philadelphia. So if you find yourself in the City of Brotherly Love, you’d be remiss to pass up on mushroom soup. At Rittenhouse Square French brasserie Parc, the velvety mushroom soup combines cremini mushrooms, shallots, garlic, thyme, tarragon, and bay leaf with mushroom and chicken stock and a touch of cream. The soup is pureed and then garnished with a mix of roasted exotic mushrooms (beech, piopini, maitake, and more creminis) for texture, minced chives, and a drizzle of olive oil. Make a reservation at Parc.

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Laksa, Cassia, Santa Monica, California
This popular soup slurped on the streets Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore has numerous adaptations, though its common elements are chili-infused coconut milk broth and a generous portion of noodles. At Asian-influenced L.A. brasserie Cassia, Bryant Ng’s seafood laksa combines shrimp, mussels, rice noodles, herbs, and a hardboiled egg in a thick, fiery coconut curry broth with the subtle funk of shrimp paste. Make a reservation at Cassia.

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French Onion Soup, Bistro Campagne, Chicago, Illinois
There’s no shortage of terrific French bistros around the country — nearly all of them offering some variation on this beefy soup teeming with caramelized onions and topped with bubbling Gruyere croutons. At this little spot in Chicago’s residential Lincoln Square neighborhood, the soup a l’oignon gratinée is simple yet beautifully executed, with a tangle of sweet, caramelized onions bobbing in savory, beefy broth capped with a dense layer of nutty, blistered Gruyere —enough cheese to have some in every bite. Make a reservation at Bistro Campagne.

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Ramen, Bar Chuko Izakaya, Brooklyn, New York
There’s a reason Americans have fallen hard for this Japanese soup made from thick, savory broth and slurpable noodles. As one of the first U.S. cities to embrace ramen, New York has no shortage of great options, but this Prospect Heights spot from three Morimoto alums is surely a top contender. Their delectable kimchi ramen packs ground pork, toothsome hand-pulled noodles, seaweed, egg, and thin scallion ribbons. But the vegetarian — with seasonal veggies, kimchi, spiced tofu cubes, and noodles bobbing in miso-soy broth — is a sleeper hit. Make a reservation at Bar Chuko Izakaya.

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Beer Cheese Soup, Rumpus Room, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
As the nation’s top cheese-producing state that also ranks in the top 10 for craft breweries, Wisconsin takes its cheese and beer very seriously, so it’s no surprise there’s a soup that embodies the best of both. The Rumpus Room’s version blends creamy, tangy Carr Valley cheddar and bright, mildly tart Weiss beer, topped with airy morsels of house-spiced popcorn for a rich, comforting bowl to warm you through after braving the bitter Lake Michigan winds outside. If you’re really starved for comfort, throw on an optional brown sugar bacon topper. Make a reservation at Rumpus Room.

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Dine Like an #NFL Star: Where the New England Patriots Eat

As they drive toward another Super Bowl championship, it’s clear the New England Patriots football team knows how to score —both touchdowns and a table at their fave restaurants in and around Boston. Here’s the playbook for where the New England Patriots eat (yep, Tom Brady, too!). Tip: Don’t wear your Patriots’ jersey, jacket, shoelaces and face paint when eating at one of these spots — that would just be weird.

Del Frisco’s Grille, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Tom Brady has been known to frequent this suburban Boston restaurant, a lateral move from his home. The playful menu features classic comfort foods like Ahi Tuna Tacos (tuna tartare, avocado and spicy citrus mayo) and Truffle-infused Deviled Eggs. And the signature Cheesesteak Eggrolls, with a kick of sweet and spicy chili sauce or honey mustard, are a top pick among NFL players who dine at Del Frisco’s Grille locations in their hometowns (there are almost two dozen locations around the country). Filet mignon, lobster rolls, roasted chicken, and “two-fisted” sandwiches are also on the lineup. Make a reservation at Del Frisco’s Grille.

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Abe & Louie’s, Boston, Massachusetts
Patriots’ wide receivers Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola have recently visited this classic American steakhouse, as has former Patriots’ cornerback Ty Law. Fans cheer for the signature corn-fed steaks, such as the aged Prime New York Sirloin, bone-in aged Prime Ribeye, and Prime Porterhouse, as well as for sideline dishes like baked potatoes, creamed corn, creamed spinach, and the traditional wedge salad with bacon lardons, tomatoes, and blue cheese or Thousand Island dressing. The stunning seafood tower, swordfish, lobster, and salmon are also team players as is the New England clam chowder, of course — home field advantage. Make a reservation at Abe & Louie’s.

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La Morra, Brookline Village, Massachusetts
The game plan for Brady when he visits this neighborhood restaurant: order the Bolognese di la Morra, reportedly the quarterback’s favorite. This isn’t necessarily your Nonna in the North End’s Bolognese — the traditional lamb, pork, veal and beef dish gets a conversion from a foie gras butter at La Morra. Go with the Tagliatelle al Ragu — housemade tagliatelle with bolognese. Sometimes Brady calls an audible and reportedly goes with the wood grill chicken under a brick. Make a reservation at La Morra.

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Christmas Dinner in New England: 5 Spots to Rock Lobster

Think Christmas in New England, and it’s a good bet that it’s lobsters and not sugar plums that dance in your head. Bib-up and enjoy the classic lobster dinner of your dreams — decked out with all the traditional trimmings like corn on the cob and boiled potatoes — with this guide to Christmas dinner in New England.

Atlantic Fish, Boston, Massachusetts
Santa and the Mrs. would approve of Atlantic Fish’s New England Lobster Feast for Two, which features two-pound steamed lobsters and stocking (and stomach) stuffers like clam chowder, mussels, steamers, corn on the cob, and new potatoes. There’s also a Maine Lobster option (one-and-a-quarter up to a three pounders, and crabmeat stuffing, too, if you want) with corn on the cob and potatoes. A special Holiday Surf and Turf will also be available — a 10-ounce filet and cold-water lobster tail with creative sides, such as asparagus, organic poached egg, homemade hollandaise, and seasoned bacon.

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Legal Sea Foods, Boston, Massachusetts
There are more than two dozen Legal Sea Food restaurants in and around Boston, and most of them will be open and serving lobster on Christmas. Choices include Steamed Lobster; the Lobster Bake, which includes a cup of clam chowder, steamers, mussels, chorizo, and corn on the cob; and the Baked Stuffed Lobster with shrimp and scallop buttery cracker stuffing. Unwrap this idea: You can order lobster dinners in larger sizes for the whole fam — baked and stuffed lobsters are perfect to share. Legal Sea Foods typically has four- to six-pound lobsters available anytime for sharing, but for Christmas, go ahead and order behemoth eight- to 10-pound lobsters by calling the restaurant 72 hours in advance. (Note: The Copley Place and Park Lane locations will be closed on Christmas Day).

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Saltwater at the Newport Harbor Hotel & Marina, Newport, Rhode Island
A traditional lobster boil dinner will be served on Christmas Day at Saltwater with new chef Scott Rackliff at the helm. You’ll get a steamed lobster, corn on the cob, potatoes, and Saltwater’s signature gluten-free clam chowder topped with fried pancetta and leeks — Newport’s Christmas gift to you.

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Cheer in a Glass: Delicious Holiday Cocktails to Get You in the Spirit of the Season

Tired of the same old eggnog? Bartenders are, too, and in this season of giving, they’ve have shaken up and shared top picks from their drink menus to boost holiday outings beyond the basics. From the warmth of whiskey to sweet plum wine and spicy gingerbread liqueur, here are out-of-the-box holiday cocktails to pack some punch into your seasonal gatherings.

Founding Farmers, Washington, D.C.
Health and wellness are a priority at Founding Farmers, so it’s no surprise that the winter beverage menu (offered through the end of February) spotlights fresh-pressed juices. Beverage Director John Arroyo’s Winter Pie features cold-pressed apple juice, vodka, lemon, and cinnamon syrup, garnished with fruit.

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Crudo, Phoenix, Arizona
Serving anything in a Champagne flute emphasizes a celebratory spirit, but garnishing it with an orange peel bow makes it extra-special for the gift-giving season. In the Crudo Cran Royale, sparkling wine and bright lemon are given some added depth with housemade spiced cranberry syrup featuring clove, star anise, cardamom, and cinnamon.

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Proof on Main, Louisville, Kentucky
The pepper and oak notes of US*1 Rye mix perfectly with the orange, anise, and clove of the China-China liqueur in the Valley Forge Flip, but the splendor of this perfect pairing is only matched by the cocktail’s historical origins. The name pays homage to the Michter’s namesake rye that warmed Revolutionary troops when George Washington purchased 200 barrels for the brave men spending winter on the battlefield. The contemporary tipple gets an upgrade with a dash of nutmeg and indulgent Aztec chocolate bitters.

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SUSHISAMBA, New York, New York
There’s no need to head to the ballet for visions of sugar plums this season if you toast the season with a Smoked Plum Negroni. SUSHISAMBA’s Head of Spirit and Cocktail Development, Richard Woods, refreshed the signature list this December with unique, handcrafted cocktails. This one reinvents a classic aperitif with smoky Hakushu whiskey, umeshu (sweet/sour plum wine), vermouth, and citrus, that’s guaranteed to loosen up your own dancing feet.

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Taj, Boston, Massachusetts
The Gaelic version of “cheers,” the blessing slainte toasts to good health — and this cocktail from Taj Boston bar manager Gabriela Garcia has a few medicinal benefits if you ask those who purport local honey can help allergy sufferers (the Taj Boston has its own rooftop hives). The Slainte’s warm whiskey notes are enhanced with a cinnamon stick, clove-studded lemon wheel, and hot water for a drink befitting the winter’s cold fingers.

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