Cold winter days call for hearty soups to fill and warm you up. Whether you like broth based soups, packed with vegetables, meats, and pasta, or thick, creamy soups, there are many places throughout Boston to satisfy your cravings. Soup is the perfect lunch or dinner any time of year, not only because it heats you up, but because typically it is inexpensive, and depending on the type of soup, can be quite nutritious and lower in fat then other dishes.
Soup goes well with a Panini or melt, a hearty piece of bread or roll, or a salad. It can be the perfect appetizer for an entrée or can stand alone as a substantial seasonal meal. Below you will find 10 Boston area restaurants, both casual to-go type locations, or sit-down restaurants, that feature either a variety of soups for when you are in a hurry or one recommended soup worth trying.
1. Au Bon Pain
With over 30 locations in the Boston area, Au Bon Pain is a quick chain restaurant, serving up to 10 types of soup a day or more. Their website features all the nutrition information for the variety of soups, sandwiches, and salads the menu features. Classics like chicken noodle, broccoli cheddar, or lentil soup can be found here among many other options.
2. Boston Chowda Café
With 5 locations in Massachusetts, including one right in Faneuil Hall, the Boston Chowda menu has regional favorites like clam chowder. They have also have chili, pot pies, salads and sandwiches, all pre-made and easy to eat on a busy day.
3. Cafeteria Boston
279 Newbury St.
Boston, MA 02116
Located in Back Bay, and surrounded by prime shopping and dining, Cafeteria features modern twists on comfort and classic food favorites. It is a good sit-down restaurant with a simple concept. A notable soup on their menu is the creamy tomato soup, served with croutons and cheddar cheese.
With numerous locations in the Boston area, Cosi is the perfect place for a speedy lunch, made right before your eyes. The menu includes sandwiches, salads, and flatbread pizzas, and their soup is fresh and delicious, including the tomato basil. You can pair a regular sized soup with just their signature flatbread, or pick between one of their half sandwiches or half salads. They too provide customers with nutrition information on their website, for the health conscious.
5. Gaslight Brasserie du Coin
560 Harrison Ave.
Boston, MA 02118
This Parisian brasserie in South End, beyond just seafood, fresh meats, and salads, serves an amazing onion soup. The onion soup gratin features truffled beef short ribs. With a long, reasonably priced wine list, this is a great place to sit and relax for awhile in a sophisticated environment.
6. Legal seafood
With numerous locations on the east coast, tourists and townies appreciate Legal Seafood’s fish; mainly their New England clam chowder. Legal Sea Foods celebrates 60 years with 60 cent “Chowda Day” coming up!
7. Pho Pasteur
682 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
With a prime location in Chinatown, Pho Pasteur serves Vietnamese and Chinese specialties. The menu features noodle soups, as well as wonton soup, rice soup, and spicy beef lemongrass soup.
8. Rock Sugar Thai Café
38 Batterymarch St.
Boston, MA 02110-3202
Offering Thai food, in a casual, fast environment, Rock Sugar has an amazing Tom Yum (hot and sour soup). Choose between chicken, shrimp, or vegetables in it, along with lemongrass, lime juice, tomato chili and mushrooms. They also have coconut soup, duck soup, or spicy beef soup to choose from on their menu.
With 4 locations in the Boston area, Sebastian’s is a popular lunch choice for a fresh lunch during the work day. Soups, chilis, and chowders are served daily, and you can have employees build you a huge salad or sandwich in front of you.
10. Souper Salad
Just as the name suggests, Souper Salad is a convenient place to get your favorite soups and make your own salad. Try something new, like their butternut squash and apple soup, or taste a light soup like the vegetable. The website features the menu and nutrition information, to help to plan what you will get.