MONTCO'S BEST SOUP
Warm Up in Winter
Is there a better representation of a winter comfort food than a steaming bowl of soup? Celebrate January as national soup month with some of Montgomery County's best broths.
THE FARMER'S DAUGHTER
1401 Morris Road
Blue Bell, PA
Executive Chef Mtele Abubakarm has infused modern farm cooking into all the dishes on the Farmer's Daughter menu, including the soup course. The Kobacha Squash Soup, for example, is plated with a sprinkle of candied pecans to give a surprising crunch to the flavor profile.
1160 First Avenue
King of Prussia, PA
This cafeteria-style restaurant, within the Valley Forge Casino Resort, demonstrates that quick-service menus can still reflect culinary skill. Soup options include roast duck noodle (with baby bok choy) and five-spice beef brisket (seasoned with anise).
A LA MAISON BISTRO
53 W. Lancaster Avenue
For a perfect bowl of French onion soup, logic dictates seeking out a perfect French bistro. This signature soup at A la Maison, the Soupe a L'oignon Gratinée à la Normande is made with crostini, gruyère cheese and calvados (an apple brandy from lower Normandy)
FROM THE BOOT
1502 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA
No surprise that this restaurant's skill with Italian cuisine translates well to the pasta fagioli. The zesty broth overflows with bow tie pasta, cannelloni beans and small chunks of tomato.
THE OLD GUARD HOUSE INN
953 Youngs Ford Road
A regional favorite - Philadelphia snapper soup - can be difficult to find, but this Gladwyne landmark keeps the tradition alive by making it a staple on the menu.
750 Upper State Rd
North Wales, PA
When cold winds cut right through a winter coat, warming up becomes a job best tackled from the inside out. The Cajun chicken and corn chowder on the menu here can do the trick, especially as topped with cornbread croutons.
PHO THAI NAM
144 West Germantown Pike
East Norriton, PA
This family-owned and -operated restaurant specializes in Vietnamese and Thai cooking. The menu features a whopping 16 varieties of Pho, including brisket and tendon and steak and tripe.
THE NARBERTH DINER
109 North Narberth Avenue
Three words: Matzo ball soup. Nothing more need be said.
307 York Road
This small restaurant has big fans for its expertise with vegan cooking, which was recently profiled by our blogger. On the winter menu, a first course option is lentil soup with parsnip crème fraiche.
CAPT'N CHUCKY'S CRAB CAKE
450 W Main St
(other Montco locations in Blue Bell, Colmar and Huntingdon Valley)
The seafood expertise that has become this carry-out store's trademark extends to its soups as well. Quantities are by the pint or quart for specialties like cream of crab, New England and Manhattan clam chowder and lobster bisque.
1016 Dekalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA
(other Montco locations in Lansdale, Phoenixville, Royersford and Trappe)
In the kitchens at the Palermo locations across the area is sure to be a pot of simmering red sauce, ready for the day's orders of pizza and Stromboli. Next to it, however, can be found a kettle of Italian wedding soup, ready for serving.