This Mexican chicken soup is served packed with corn, squash, zucchini cauliflower, carrots, rice, seasoning in a tangy broth. Topped with fresh avocado and pico de gallo in a massive bowl, this is a healthy soup that can easily make for one nice-sized serving at the restaurant and another in a take-out container to go. It’s $10.95 and worth every penny. With New Year’s resolutions for health and weight loss gearing up, this is a perfect meal to start the journey with.
With 11 locations across the region, it’s best to visit the website and find the location nearest you.
The Italian Grilled Cheese and Tomato Bisque at Coco’s Bistro, located at 250 Warren St. in Dayton. Submitted photo
2) Coco’s Tomato Bisque
Sometimes you need to go back to the basics. This creamy, dreamy tomato soup that is a staple of Coco’s Bistro menu satisfies in spades. Order it by itself for $4 or pair it with another simple standard, a grilled cheese made with four cheeses on thick Italian bread for ($12).
250 Warren St., Dayton
3) Dublin Pub’s “World Famous Potato Soup”
This soup ($4.99) is billed as world famous, and on the menu says it needs no description. If you’re thinking it is thick, hearty, filling and wickedly good, then you’re on the right track. Add cheese and bacon for $1.50 more if you want to pile on additional calories. This is an outstanding soup and one that will warm you up when it’s cold out.
300 Wayne Ave., Dayton
A pumpkin soup ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl) from Table 33, made with roasted organic pumpkin, red pepper, coconut milk topped with honey cinnamon coconut cream, cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds has a refreshing Thai kick to it. The latte in the background was also a nice way to warm up. Contributed photo by Alexis Larsen
4) Table 33’s Pumpkin Thai Soup
The abbreviated menu at this new downtown addition may be small right now, but everything on there is flavorful and well prepared. Table 33’s pumpkin soup ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl) made with roasted organic pumpkin, red pepper and coconut milk topped with honey cinnamon coconut cream, cilantro and toasted pumpkin seeds has a refreshing Thai kick to it that will warm you up a little this winter.
130 W. Second St., Dayton
5) Turtle Soup at The Amber Rose
Elinor’s Signature Turtle Soup ($4.50 for a cup, $6 for a bowl) is a classic Amber Rose dish packed with flavor and made from scratch with freshwater snapping turtle. This restaurant’s Eastern European menu has plenty on it to warm up with, but this soup, packed with signature spices that bring heat, is a great option.
1400 Valley St., Dayton
6) Jimmie’s Ladder 11 New Orleans Style Gumbo
This thick housemade gumbo ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl) packs chicken, andouille sausage, shrimp, okra and more into a spicy concoction that brings the heat you’d expect from anything drawing inspiration from the Big Easy. This will definitely warm you up in more ways than one.
936 Brown St., Dayton
7) Basil’s On Market’s Lobster Bisque
Rich, smooth, savory and sweet with hints of sherry, this lobster bisque is addictive. Topped with a basil-scallion crème fraiche, this soup ($4 cup, $7 bowl) is a pleasurable dish to partake in and remains light despite the decadent ingredients and flavor.
312 N. Patterson Blvd., Dayton
18 N. Market St., Troy
The Veggie-tarian at Fifth Street Brewpub. Housemade black bean hummus, corn and pepper relish, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and a cilantro-lime dressing served in a cheddar-jalapeno tortilla. Served here with Fifth Street's Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Gouda soup. VIVIENNE MACHI / STAFF
8) Fifth Street Brew Pub’s Roasted Red Pepper and Smoked Gouda Soup
This creamy fire-roasted red pepper and tomato soup ($4) garnished with Smoked Gouda is a Fifth Street Brew Pub house favorite. It’s a great option for vegetarians and adds a little zip from the fire-roasted red peppers that gives the soup a more interesting flavor profile.
1600 E. 5th St., Dayton