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Matzoh ball soup at The General Muir
Matzoh ball soup at The General Muir
Andrew Thomas Lee

18 Slurp-Worthy Soups and Stews Around Atlanta

From spicy and hearty stews to soothing bowls of noodle soup

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Matzoh ball soup at The General Muir
| Andrew Thomas Lee

It seems like the sweltering summer heat drags on for months in Atlanta. However, once November arrives, the weather can quickly turn from warm and sunny to cold and dreary. The latter absolutely calls for soup. From hearty and spicy stews to soothing noodle soups, here are 18 warm and comforting bowls to slurp at restaurants around metro Atlanta.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Jang Su Jang

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3645 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096
(678) 475-9170
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Jang Su Jang or “The Meeting Place” has been a top spot for Korean food in Duluth for over ten years, and it’s packed from the minute the restaurant opens until closing. On a cold evening, few dishes are as satisfying as a boiling pot of spicy budae jjigae (army stew) made with kimchi, spam, sausage, noodles, and cheese. This hearty stew easily feeds two to four people. Also, worth ordering here, the Korean miso soon tofu soup with beef, mushrooms, and clams.

2. Las Delicias De La Abuela

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5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(770) 356-4451
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Colombian restaurant Las Delicias De La Abuela on Buford Highway offers a comforting and filling bowl of changua or Colombian egg and milk soup on its menu. The creamy soup is typically served at breakfast with a slice of bread, which is either used for sopping or submerged in the bowl. Both the Doraville and Duluth locations open at 8:30 a.m. daily.

3. Batavia

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3640 Shallowford Rd
Doraville, GA 30340
(404) 254-0646
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Batavia resides just beyond the back entrance to Asian Square on Shallowford Road near Buford Highway. This counter-serve Indonesian restaurant with its mini market includes the hearty and comforting Jakarta beef soup soto betawi on its menu. Chunky bits of beef slowly simmer in a coconut milk broth before herbs like lemongrass and turmeric are added.

4. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340
(678) 691-2175
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While other noodle soups like ramen and pho get all the love, don’t sleep on the beef noodle soup containing a generous amount of hand-pulled noodles at LanZhou Ramen in Pinetree Plaza on Buford Highway. Ask for either regular or thick noodles, and be sure to add a boiled egg.

5. Pho Dai Loi 2

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4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 633-2111
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There are plenty of places to slurp pho throughout Atlanta, however, Pho Dai Loi 2 is consistently one of the best restaurants for the Vietnamese noodle soup. The menu includes a substantial amount of proteins to choose from, including tripe, flank, beef tendon, chicken, and combinations. Order a medium bowl of pho, which is more than enough to satisfy. Make sure to order a pot of tea, too.

6. Sabor Dominicano

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4186 Buford Hwy NE Suite M
Atlanta, GA 30345
(404) 963-1799
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Sabor Dominicano serves up dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains) with shrimp or chicken, pollo guisado (braised chicken), and hearty rices dishes served with chicken, shrimp, or a seafood mix. But head in for the sancocho, often served on Saturdays. It’s a savory and comforting stew containing chunks of beef and beef flank and pork, corn cobs, and plantains.

7. Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 477-3202

Located along Cheshire Bridge Road, this modest meat market and grocery includes a counter-service taqueria with seating along one of the aisles. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which can be made hotter by adding the market’s red salsa to the mix. The soup may need more onions and lime juice to curb the heat.

8. The General Muir

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1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329
(678) 927-9131
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This upscale Jewish deli from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and executive chef Todd Ginsberg opened in early 2013 at Emory Point. It’s become known for Ginsberg’s burger, piles of poutine, and classic reuben and pastrami sandwiches. But, make sure to order the matzoh ball soup here made with carrots, celery, and a giant corn bread dressing matzoh ball. At lunch, the soup and sandwich combo comes with half a turkey sandwich.

9. Souper Jenny

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1082 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 603-9977
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If it’s on the menu, always order dad’s turkey chili at any Souper Jenny. The ground turkey chili is a solid balance of sweet and heat from the baked beans, brown sugar, and chilis it contains. And, it really is Jenny Levison’s dad’s recipe, giving it that homemade touch.

10. Taqueria Del Sol

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1200 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 352-5811
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Sidle up to the bar at any Taqueria Del Sol and order a bowl of creamy shrimp corn chowder. The soup is rich, warm, and not too spicy, filled with shrimp swimming in a creamed corn broth mixed with poblano peppers.

11. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

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1099 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 347-3874
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Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma opened Gio’s Chicken next door to his extremely popular pizzeria on Hemphill in Home Park about seven years ago. While most come to Gio’s for the generously-sized chicken-based dishes, don’t skip ordering a bowl of zuppa here. The soup is made from leftover chicken parts, including Sorrento lemon chicken, and includes carrots, parsley, and Acini di pepe pasta.

12. Brush Sushi Izakaya

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316 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030
(678) 949-9412
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There is no shortage of ramen to choose from in Atlanta but, few include lobster in the bowl. Decatur’s Brush Sushi only serves four bowls of lobster ramen a day — making it hard to come by after the prime dinner hour. However, the restaurant also serves a lovely duo broth ramen, made with chicken and a seafood medley and ramen made with manila clams and chicken.

13. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

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1136 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(404) 688-2582
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The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club (EAYC), located just a few doors down from The Porter Beer Bar, is a favorite among Little Five Points and Inman Park residents. The dive-y bar has been in business for nearly 30 years. Come here for budget-friendly beers, people watching, and a bowl of their Brunswick stew and side of tater tots.

14. Bread & Butterfly

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290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 515-4536
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At lunch on a cold day in Atlanta, order the tomato soup topped with a puff pastry at Bread & Butterfly — an all-day French cafe in Inman Quarter. Puncture the pastry and watch as it slowly dissolves into the tomato broth, giving the soup a lovely, creamy texture.

15. Superica

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99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307
(678) 791-1310
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Ford Fry’s Superica at Krog Street Market includes on its menu a mildly spicy sopa de tortilla (chicken tortilla soup) that includes ancho chiles and cilantro, topped with avocado and crispy tortilla chips. At lunch, order a combo of the tortilla soup with Superica’s house salad tossed in creamy oregano dressing. Be sure to add grilled chicken to the salad.

16. Salaryman

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2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE Building 1
Atlanta, GA 30317
(404) 228-1458
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Japanese-Korean restaurant Salaryman takes over the former Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken in East Lake. The restaurant features a few popular dishes from owners Michael Lo and George Yu’s now defunct Son of a Bear Korean Tavern, including its uber comforting hangover ramen with pork belly and kimchi swimming in a moderately spicy broth.

17. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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1650 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 549-9111
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For those in search of vegan stews and soups, head to Bole Ethiopian in College Park and order the vegan version of shiro wot. This hearty stew is made with roasted and powdered chickpeas and is simmered in butter and berbere (a warm spice blend which includes among its many spices chili, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, and fenugreek.)

18. Pho Lanxang

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4571 Jonesboro Rd
Forest Park, GA 30297
(470) 428-3627
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Head south to Pho Lanxang in Jonesboro for a bowl of kao piek (khao piek) — a Laotian chicken soup made with tapioca noodles, fried garlic, scallions, and bean sprouts and topped with cilantro. Feeling the need for spice? Order their kao poon dish made with vermicelli noodles and herbs swimming in a spicy coconut broth or the coconut broth-based mee kati with rice noodles, ground pork, pork skin, and vegetables.

1. Jang Su Jang

3645 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, GA 30096

Jang Su Jang or “The Meeting Place” has been a top spot for Korean food in Duluth for over ten years, and it’s packed from the minute the restaurant opens until closing. On a cold evening, few dishes are as satisfying as a boiling pot of spicy budae jjigae (army stew) made with kimchi, spam, sausage, noodles, and cheese. This hearty stew easily feeds two to four people. Also, worth ordering here, the Korean miso soon tofu soup with beef, mushrooms, and clams.

3645 Satellite Blvd
Duluth, GA 30096

2. Las Delicias De La Abuela

5600 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

Colombian restaurant Las Delicias De La Abuela on Buford Highway offers a comforting and filling bowl of changua or Colombian egg and milk soup on its menu. The creamy soup is typically served at breakfast with a slice of bread, which is either used for sopping or submerged in the bowl. Both the Doraville and Duluth locations open at 8:30 a.m. daily.

5600 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

3. Batavia

3640 Shallowford Rd, Doraville, GA 30340

Batavia resides just beyond the back entrance to Asian Square on Shallowford Road near Buford Highway. This counter-serve Indonesian restaurant with its mini market includes the hearty and comforting Jakarta beef soup soto betawi on its menu. Chunky bits of beef slowly simmer in a coconut milk broth before herbs like lemongrass and turmeric are added.

3640 Shallowford Rd
Doraville, GA 30340

4. LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

5231 Buford Hwy NE, Doraville, GA 30340

While other noodle soups like ramen and pho get all the love, don’t sleep on the beef noodle soup containing a generous amount of hand-pulled noodles at LanZhou Ramen in Pinetree Plaza on Buford Highway. Ask for either regular or thick noodles, and be sure to add a boiled egg.

5231 Buford Hwy NE
Doraville, GA 30340

5. Pho Dai Loi 2

4186 Buford Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30345

There are plenty of places to slurp pho throughout Atlanta, however, Pho Dai Loi 2 is consistently one of the best restaurants for the Vietnamese noodle soup. The menu includes a substantial amount of proteins to choose from, including tripe, flank, beef tendon, chicken, and combinations. Order a medium bowl of pho, which is more than enough to satisfy. Make sure to order a pot of tea, too.

4186 Buford Hwy NE
Atlanta, GA 30345

6. Sabor Dominicano

4186 Buford Hwy NE Suite M, Atlanta, GA 30345

Sabor Dominicano serves up dishes like mofongo (mashed plantains) with shrimp or chicken, pollo guisado (braised chicken), and hearty rices dishes served with chicken, shrimp, or a seafood mix. But head in for the sancocho, often served on Saturdays. It’s a savory and comforting stew containing chunks of beef and beef flank and pork, corn cobs, and plantains.

4186 Buford Hwy NE Suite M
Atlanta, GA 30345

7. Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30324

Located along Cheshire Bridge Road, this modest meat market and grocery includes a counter-service taqueria with seating along one of the aisles. Head in on weekends for a bowl of spicy menudo, which can be made hotter by adding the market’s red salsa to the mix. The soup may need more onions and lime juice to curb the heat.

2179 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

8. The General Muir

1540 Avenue Pl B-230, Atlanta, GA 30329

This upscale Jewish deli from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and executive chef Todd Ginsberg opened in early 2013 at Emory Point. It’s become known for Ginsberg’s burger, piles of poutine, and classic reuben and pastrami sandwiches. But, make sure to order the matzoh ball soup here made with carrots, celery, and a giant corn bread dressing matzoh ball. At lunch, the soup and sandwich combo comes with half a turkey sandwich.

1540 Avenue Pl B-230
Atlanta, GA 30329

9. Souper Jenny

1082 Huff Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

If it’s on the menu, always order dad’s turkey chili at any Souper Jenny. The ground turkey chili is a solid balance of sweet and heat from the baked beans, brown sugar, and chilis it contains. And, it really is Jenny Levison’s dad’s recipe, giving it that homemade touch.

1082 Huff Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

10. Taqueria Del Sol

1200 Howell Mill Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Sidle up to the bar at any Taqueria Del Sol and order a bowl of creamy shrimp corn chowder. The soup is rich, warm, and not too spicy, filled with shrimp swimming in a creamed corn broth mixed with poblano peppers.

1200 Howell Mill Rd NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

11. Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

1099 Hemphill Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30318

Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma opened Gio’s Chicken next door to his extremely popular pizzeria on Hemphill in Home Park about seven years ago. While most come to Gio’s for the generously-sized chicken-based dishes, don’t skip ordering a bowl of zuppa here. The soup is made from leftover chicken parts, including Sorrento lemon chicken, and includes carrots, parsley, and Acini di pepe pasta.

1099 Hemphill Ave NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

12. Brush Sushi Izakaya

316 Church St, Decatur, GA 30030

There is no shortage of ramen to choose from in Atlanta but, few include lobster in the bowl. Decatur’s Brush Sushi only serves four bowls of lobster ramen a day — making it hard to come by after the prime dinner hour. However, the restaurant also serves a lovely duo broth ramen, made with chicken and a seafood medley and ramen made with manila clams and chicken.

316 Church St
Decatur, GA 30030

13. Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

1136 Euclid Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

The Euclid Avenue Yacht Club (EAYC), located just a few doors down from The Porter Beer Bar, is a favorite among Little Five Points and Inman Park residents. The dive-y bar has been in business for nearly 30 years. Come here for budget-friendly beers, people watching, and a bowl of their Brunswick stew and side of tater tots.

1136 Euclid Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

14. Bread & Butterfly

290 Elizabeth St NE F, Atlanta, GA 30307

At lunch on a cold day in Atlanta, order the tomato soup topped with a puff pastry at Bread & Butterfly — an all-day French cafe in Inman Quarter. Puncture the pastry and watch as it slowly dissolves into the tomato broth, giving the soup a lovely, creamy texture.

290 Elizabeth St NE F
Atlanta, GA 30307

15. Superica

99 Krog St NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Ford Fry’s Superica at Krog Street Market includes on its menu a mildly spicy sopa de tortilla (chicken tortilla soup) that includes ancho chiles and cilantro, topped with avocado and crispy tortilla chips. At lunch, order a combo of the tortilla soup with Superica’s house salad tossed in creamy oregano dressing. Be sure to add grilled chicken to the salad.

99 Krog St NE
Atlanta, GA 30307

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16. Salaryman

2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE Building 1, Atlanta, GA 30317

Japanese-Korean restaurant Salaryman takes over the former Mary Hoopa’s House of Fried Chicken in East Lake. The restaurant features a few popular dishes from owners Michael Lo and George Yu’s now defunct Son of a Bear Korean Tavern, including its uber comforting hangover ramen with pork belly and kimchi swimming in a moderately spicy broth.

2371 Hosea L Williams Dr SE Building 1
Atlanta, GA 30317

17. Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

1650 Virginia Ave, College Park, GA 30337

For those in search of vegan stews and soups, head to Bole Ethiopian in College Park and order the vegan version of shiro wot. This hearty stew is made with roasted and powdered chickpeas and is simmered in butter and berbere (a warm spice blend which includes among its many spices chili, ginger, garlic, nutmeg, and fenugreek.)

1650 Virginia Ave
College Park, GA 30337

18. Pho Lanxang

4571 Jonesboro Rd, Forest Park, GA 30297

Head south to Pho Lanxang in Jonesboro for a bowl of kao piek (khao piek) — a Laotian chicken soup made with tapioca noodles, fried garlic, scallions, and bean sprouts and topped with cilantro. Feeling the need for spice? Order their kao poon dish made with vermicelli noodles and herbs swimming in a spicy coconut broth or the coconut broth-based mee kati with rice noodles, ground pork, pork skin, and vegetables.

4571 Jonesboro Rd
Forest Park, GA 30297

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