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

22 Soothing Soups and Stews for a Cold Day in Atlanta

From spicy and hearty stews to soothing bowls of chicken or beef 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 in Atlanta. The latter absolutely calls for soup. From hearty and spicy stews to soothing noodle soups, here are a few Atlanta-area restaurants to consider for warm and comforting bowls of soups and stews on a cold day.

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Himalayan Kitchen

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Located just south of Fox Creek Golf Course in Smyrna, head into Himalayan Kitchen for a bowl of traditional Tibetan noodle soup or thenthuk. This flavorful brothy soup contains hand-pulled flat noodles, is ladened with vegetables, and comes with a choice of chicken, beef, or stir-fried vegetables and tofu. Thukpa, another noodle soup on the menu, comes with a choice of chicken, beef, beef dumplings (momo), or tofu, too. Call to order takeout.

Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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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.) Order online for takeout or delivery.

Hot Cafe

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For years, this modest restaurant just south of town has been serving up a comforting mix of Laotian, Thai, and Chinese dishes on its menu. Regulars to Hot Cafe swear by the tom yum here, a Thai hot and sour soup that comes with a choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, or a combination of proteins. Call to order takeout.

Souper Jenny

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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. Call to order takeout.

Taqueria Del Sol

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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. Call to order takeout.

Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

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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 a few 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. Call to order takeout.

Wagaya - Westside

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Wagaya serves several different varieties of ramen on its menu, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, at both its Home Park and Emory Village locations. Make sure to check out Wagaya’s Japanese grocery store located next to the restaurant on 14th Street. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Noni’s Deli on Edgewood dedicates half of its menu to seriously large sandwiches. But don’t skip the Italian wedding soup here, which comes served as a cup or a bowl. Pair it with an arugula salad and a side of garlic fries or cheesy garlic bread with a glass of wine or cocktail, too. Order online for takeout.

MetroFresh

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MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this petite restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. The menu here always lists a selection of daily soups by the bowl or quart, including chicken pasta fagiole, cheesy potato, and mushroom vegetable. There’s also a location at One Midtown Plaza. Call for takeout or order at the counter.

Bread & Butterfly

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At lunch on a cold day in Atlanta, order the tomato soup topped with a puff pastry at Bread and 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.

Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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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.

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

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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 over 30 years. Come here for budget friendly beers, people watching, and a bowl of the popular Brunswick stew and side of tater tots.

Machu Picchu Restaurant

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This Peruvian restaurant on Buford Highway includes a selection of soups on its menu, including a hearty vegetable chicken or beef noodle soup, shrimp chowder, and parihuela, a spicy seafood soup. Call to order takeout.

Anna Lee's

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After Annelies McMorran announced she was closing beloved luncheon restaurant Anna Lee’s in Roswell in 2020, a longtime customer stepped up to purchase the restaurant. Now reopened, people can continue to expect dining on daily lunch specials here, including fresh-made soups of the day. Make sure to end a meal at Anna Lee’s with a slice of one of the restaurant’s cakes, too.

The General Muir

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This Jewish-style deli from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and 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. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Sabor Dominicano

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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.

Pho Dai Loi 2

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There are plenty of places to slurp great pho throughout Atlanta, but the menu at Pho Dai Loi 2 includes a substantial number 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. Be sure to order a pot of tea, too. Call to order takeout.

Snackboxe Bistro

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Since opening in 2018 at the H Mart plaza in Doraville, Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro has gained an avid following — and for good reason. Chef Thip Athakhanh mixes traditional Lao dishes and street foods with beloved home recipes passed down from her family on the menu at Snackboxe. On a cold day, nothing beats a bowl of the restaurant’s khao piek sen (rice noodle chicken soup) or the sukiyaki beef and meatball noodle soup with fermented tofu paste. Pair these soups with an order of garlic-pepper wings, too. A second location opens soon in Duluth focused on Lao barbecue. Order online for takeout.

Batavia

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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 features a small selection of hearty and comforting soups on the menu, including sayur asem (Indonesian hot and sour soup with vegetable and salted fish) and tongseng kambing (lamb and vegetable stew in coconut milk). Order online for takeout.

LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

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While other noodle soups like ramen and pho get all the love, don’t sleep on the beef, duck, or pork noodle soups containing generous amounts 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. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Las Delicias De La Abuela

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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.

Jang Su Jang

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Jang Su Jang or “The Meeting Place” has been a top spot for Korean food in Duluth for well over a decade now. 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.

Himalayan Kitchen

Located just south of Fox Creek Golf Course in Smyrna, head into Himalayan Kitchen for a bowl of traditional Tibetan noodle soup or thenthuk. This flavorful brothy soup contains hand-pulled flat noodles, is ladened with vegetables, and comes with a choice of chicken, beef, or stir-fried vegetables and tofu. Thukpa, another noodle soup on the menu, comes with a choice of chicken, beef, beef dumplings (momo), or tofu, too. Call to order takeout.

Bole Ethiopian Restaurant

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.) Order online for takeout or delivery.

Hot Cafe

For years, this modest restaurant just south of town has been serving up a comforting mix of Laotian, Thai, and Chinese dishes on its menu. Regulars to Hot Cafe swear by the tom yum here, a Thai hot and sour soup that comes with a choice of shrimp, chicken, beef, or a combination of proteins. Call to order takeout.

Souper Jenny

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. Call to order takeout.

Taqueria Del Sol

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. Call to order takeout.

Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

Antico owner Giovanni Di Palma opened Gio’s Chicken next door to his extremely popular pizzeria on Hemphill in Home Park a few 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. Call to order takeout.

Wagaya - Westside

Wagaya serves several different varieties of ramen on its menu, including white, red, and black tonkotsu, at both its Home Park and Emory Village locations. Make sure to check out Wagaya’s Japanese grocery store located next to the restaurant on 14th Street. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Noni's

Noni’s Deli on Edgewood dedicates half of its menu to seriously large sandwiches. But don’t skip the Italian wedding soup here, which comes served as a cup or a bowl. Pair it with an arugula salad and a side of garlic fries or cheesy garlic bread with a glass of wine or cocktail, too. Order online for takeout.

MetroFresh

MetroFresh, located in the Midtown Promenade complex across from Midtown High School, serves freshly made soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with wine and larger entrees in the evenings. Opened by former actor Mitchell Anderson, this petite restaurant blends casual dining with seriously good food. The menu here always lists a selection of daily soups by the bowl or quart, including chicken pasta fagiole, cheesy potato, and mushroom vegetable. There’s also a location at One Midtown Plaza. Call for takeout or order at the counter.

Bread & Butterfly

At lunch on a cold day in Atlanta, order the tomato soup topped with a puff pastry at Bread and 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.

Mercado Acapulco Y Taqueria

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.

Euclid Avenue Yacht Club

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 over 30 years. Come here for budget friendly beers, people watching, and a bowl of the popular Brunswick stew and side of tater tots.

Machu Picchu Restaurant

This Peruvian restaurant on Buford Highway includes a selection of soups on its menu, including a hearty vegetable chicken or beef noodle soup, shrimp chowder, and parihuela, a spicy seafood soup. Call to order takeout.

Anna Lee's

After Annelies McMorran announced she was closing beloved luncheon restaurant Anna Lee’s in Roswell in 2020, a longtime customer stepped up to purchase the restaurant. Now reopened, people can continue to expect dining on daily lunch specials here, including fresh-made soups of the day. Make sure to end a meal at Anna Lee’s with a slice of one of the restaurant’s cakes, too.

The General Muir

This Jewish-style deli from Ben and Jen Johnson and Shelley Sweet (West Egg Cafe) and 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. Order online for takeout or delivery.

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Sabor Dominicano

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.

Pho Dai Loi 2

There are plenty of places to slurp great pho throughout Atlanta, but the menu at Pho Dai Loi 2 includes a substantial number 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. Be sure to order a pot of tea, too. Call to order takeout.

Snackboxe Bistro

Since opening in 2018 at the H Mart plaza in Doraville, Lao restaurant Snackboxe Bistro has gained an avid following — and for good reason. Chef Thip Athakhanh mixes traditional Lao dishes and street foods with beloved home recipes passed down from her family on the menu at Snackboxe. On a cold day, nothing beats a bowl of the restaurant’s khao piek sen (rice noodle chicken soup) or the sukiyaki beef and meatball noodle soup with fermented tofu paste. Pair these soups with an order of garlic-pepper wings, too. A second location opens soon in Duluth focused on Lao barbecue. Order online for takeout.

Batavia

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 features a small selection of hearty and comforting soups on the menu, including sayur asem (Indonesian hot and sour soup with vegetable and salted fish) and tongseng kambing (lamb and vegetable stew in coconut milk). Order online for takeout.

LanZhou Ramen 兰州拉面

While other noodle soups like ramen and pho get all the love, don’t sleep on the beef, duck, or pork noodle soups containing generous amounts 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. Order online for takeout or delivery.

Las Delicias De La Abuela

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.

Jang Su Jang

Jang Su Jang or “The Meeting Place” has been a top spot for Korean food in Duluth for well over a decade now. 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.

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