Best Soup Places to Warm You Up in Metro Atlanta
When the weather turns cooler, a comforting bowl of soup can hit the spot! Try one of these popular Atlanta eateries for their most slurp-worthy menu items.
Order at the counter in this casual chic spot that’s one of our top picks for top mommy and me lunch spots .The menu changes daily and the restaurant uses local produce from area farms. As you might guess from the name, the soups here are top notch: brisket chili, dad’s turkey chili, and chicken tortilla all have loyal followings. Brookhaven, Buckhead, Decatur, Westside.
Gluten-free and vegan soup options abound here in a casual setting with at-the-counter service. Try the grilled vegetable, tomato basil bisque or lentil sausage soups. Beyond the bowl, the freshly made sandwiches and salads are flavorful and fresh. Also, the breads here are outstanding, and you’ll want to bring home a loaf of pumpkin, banana or cranberry-orange bread to have for breakfast the next day. Sandy Springs.
The team behind Muss & Turner’s developed this North Fulton restaurant with a goal of serving fresh, local and sustainable food. Check out the soup of the day for a fresh, seasonal bowl. Or just go with the full-flavored curried butternut squash soup with lemongrass, crème fraiche, lime, basil and toasted crushed peanuts. Local Three boasts one of the best restaurant kitchens in the country; if you dine at the Chef’s Table during weekend brunch, you’ll get to walk through it to the buffet and see the staff in action. North Atlanta.
Dip into chef-inspired homemade soups like wild mushroom and tomato bisque alongside paninis, burgers and salads at this quick service healthy food spot. The cozy atmosphere’s highlights are the comfy booths and open kitchen where you can watch food being prepared. The kids’ menu impresses with selections beyond the basics, like seared salmon and coconut curry chicken. Decatur, East Cobb, Marietta, Johns Creek, Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead
Opa! Lively Greek music greets diners as they make their way to the counter, past the dessert case and hot specials. Gyros (phonetically spelled ‘yeero’, the restaurant’s name inspiration) are popular lunch and dinner choices, along with big salads and fluffy pita with hummus. Warm up with the Greek lemon chicken soup (Avgolemono), which is flavorful and bright, especially on a cold winter day. Roswell.
An Atlanta institution for nearly 20 years serves up a huge selection of inventive tacos, like The Sloppy Jose (sloppy joe meat, fresh jalapeño, cheddar cheese and Fritos.) Don’t miss out on the corn and shrimp chowder, which has devoted fans all over the metro area. Westside, Decatur, Chamblee, Cheshire Bridge and Athens.
A café with a conscience, Sophie’s serves up sandwiches, salads, quiche and casseroles every day but Sunday. The restaurant was named for a beloved rescue dog, and 25% of proceeds benefit homeless animals in Atlanta. Kids will enjoy the doggie décor throughout the café. Order the cactus chili, which shows Tex-Mex flair and the right amount of heat. Buckhead.
The experience at Farm to Ladle is more store than restaurant, with plenty of pre-made items in the refrigerated case to grab and go. This is a plus when you’re stopping for a bite mid-shop or out with the kids. Locally sourced ingredients go into a selection of soups each day, including turkey chili and split pea. Try a trio, giving you a chance to try a sandwich, salad and soup combo. And don’t forget a chocolate chip cookie; they don’t skimp on the chips! Avalon (Alpharetta), Ponce City Market (Old Fourth Ward.)
This NYC-style deli does bagels right (hand-rolled and boiled) with lox and a schmear of cream cheese, of course. And if you’re craving matzoh ball soup, this is the best bowl in Atlanta. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant’s name comes from the ship that brought the owner’s mother and grandparents, Holocaust survivors, to New York in 1949. Decatur.
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Atlanta’s only Bangladeshi restaurant serves fresh Indian cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Try lots of dishes on the daily lunch buffet, and make sure to get the kids a mango lassi, a fruity yogurt shake. For a bold bowl, try the Halim, a spicy vegetarian soup with a puree of mixed veggies and a variety of lentils. Druid Hills.
A husband and wife executive chef team combine Southern influences and rural European recipes to create a unique café concept. The décor is modeled after a French bakery, with a big outdoor patio for seating when the weather’s nice. The lunch and menu features salads and sandwiches, including gourmet grilled cheeses and the popular pastrami Reuben. For ultimate comfort food in a bowl, there’s the rich loaded baked potato soup with cheddar, bacon and sour cream. Midtown.
Inspired by the street-side cafes of Asia, Tin Drum is a fast casual restaurant with noodles, stir fry, curries and rice bowls on the menu. The flavorful coconut soup, served with or without chicken, is creamy and not-too-spicy for young taste buds. Most locations have a kids eat free day. Marietta, Midtown, Buckhead, Johns Creek, Roswell, Cumming, Newnan, Sandy Springs (coming soon.)