22 must-try soups in Charlotte

22 must-try soups in Charlotte

Photo: Ted Williams/Axios

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The weather calls for snow this weekend, which means it’s the perfect time to warm up with a nice bowl of soup.

Here’s a list of 22 must-try soups in Charlotte, listed in no particular order.

Honorable mentions: Pio Pio’s chicken soup, 131 Main’s artichoke and mushroom soups and Cafe Monte’s French onion soup.

(1) Baked French Onion Soup – 300 East

Baked provolone with croutons for $7.

(2) Lobster Bisque – BrickTop’s

This $14 soup with fresh Maine lobster, cream, and brandy is a huge hit in SouthPark. The lobster comes in alive to the restaurant every morning — that’s how fresh it is.


(3) Tom Yum Soup – Thai Taste

A slightly sour, spicy soup with herbs, tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and mushrooms.

  • Another top soup seller is Thai Taste’s Tom Kha, a coconut cream soup with mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, galanga, cilantro, and lemongrass.

soup from thai taste charlotte

(4) Cauliflower Soup — Barrington’s

Priced at $15, this fancy soup is made with poached shrimp, buttery croutons, chives and truffle oil.

(5) Tonkotsu Ramen – Futo Buta

It’s made with pork bone broth, pecan smoked pork belly, scallions, organic mushroom, onsen egg, pickled ginger, nori, sesame, and black garlic.

  • Futo Buta offers eight different ramen bowls including other popular choices like their Miso Ramen, Fire & Ice Ramen and Chizu Ramen.

(6) She Crab Soup – Eddie’s Place

Eddie’s Place may be known for its all-day breakfast, but the She Crab soup is a must-try. It’s $8.25 for a bowl and comes with two giant pieces of warm salted bread — great for dipping.

(7) Sopa De Pollo – Viva Chicken

Pulled rotisserie chicken, homemade chicken broth, cilantro infused rice, green onions, red onions, red peppers and cilantro ($6.95).


(8) Chicken Tortilla Soup – Paco’s Tacos

It’s five bucks for a bowl and is made with poached chicken, carrots, tomatoes, potatoes, and chilis — garnished with avocado, lime and jalapeño.

(9) French Onion Soup – La Belle Helene

When at a French restaurant, order the French onion soup. This version is rich, decadent, melty and oh-so satisfying

(10) Curry Laska – CO

Shredded chicken, bun rice noodles, shredded cucumber, Thai basil and baby bok choy served in a spicy coconut broth ($18).


(11) Tomato Soup – Papi Queso

This tomato soup with tarragon cream obviously pairs well with a grilled cheese (try Papi’s burger melt grilled cheese).

tomato soup at papi queso charlotte

(12) New England Clam Chowdah – Moosehead Grill

Look at the way it’s spelled; you know it’s going to be good. Plus, the big chunks of clam live up to the hype.


Photo: Ted Williams/Axios. Related story: Best wings in Charlotte

(13) Chicken Noodle — Pasta & Provisions

If you’ve never bought a large frozen container of soup from Pasta & Provisions, are you truly a soup lover?

  • Other soup options include pasta Fagioli, Italian wedding, tomato bisque, vegetarian minestrone and cioppino (seafood stew).

Photo: Ted Williams/ Axios

(14) Spicy Crab Soup – Alexander Michael’s Tavern

This thick and creamy soup is generously portioned and has plenty of fresh crab meat ($6.50).

Alexander Michael's Tavern

Al Mike’s Spicy Crab Soup. Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

(15) Noble’s Tomato Basil Bisque – Rooster’s

When it’s got the owner’s last name in front of it, you know it’s going to be good. It’s served with goat cheese and pesto.

tomato soup at roosters in charlotte

(16) Texas Chili — Lupie’s Cafe

They say it’s hot, and they mean it. It’s our favorite of Lupie’s four different chilis. It’s made with ground chuck but NO tomatoes, and it simmers in beer sauce for over six hours (which comes through in the flavor).

Lupie's texas chili

(17) Pho Dac Biet — Lang Van

This popular family-run Vietnamese restaurant has been serving the Charlotte community since 1990. If it’s your first time having pho, they’ll guide you to the pho dac biet, a huge bowl of beef soup with rice noodles.

Related story: 35 iconic restaurants that have been serving Charlotte for 20+ years

lang van pho

(18) Spicy Pork Ramen — Bao & Broth

Made with pork and chicken broth, Fresno chili paste, Cashe pork belly, Shoyu egg and pickled ginger (love that additional flavor).

ramen at boa and bun charlotte optimist hall

(19) Tortilla Soup – Cantina 1511

Traditional pulled chicken soup in a fresh vegetable broth, topped with Mexican cheese, tortilla chips and fresh avocado.


(20) Nei Jiang Beef Noodles — The Dumpling Lady

Egg noodles with house-made beef stock, beef stew, bok choy, chives and cilantro.

noodles at dumpling lady in charlotte

(21) Tomato bisque – The Workman’s Friend

Pair this classic tomato bisque with the Irish American grilled cheese which is Irish white cheddar and American cheese on sourdough.

The Workman's Friend tomato bisque

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

(22) Tonkotsu Spicy – JINYA Ramen

A pork broth base with pork chashu, spicy bean sprouts, kikurage, green onion, spicy sauce and served with thick noodles.

JINYA Ramen Bar

Photo: Symphony Webber/Axios

Editor’s note: This guide was first published in October of 2017 and last updated in January of 2022

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