What is it about a steaming bowl of soup that sends us into full-on cozy mode? There’s nostalgia with every spoonful—a little taste of home in a hearty chili or velvety bisque. With winter weather taking hold of Alpharetta, we encourage you to bundle up and brave the chill for these six delicious warm bowl selections at a few of our favorite local spots:
1. Tomato and Onion Soup at Coalition Food and Beverage
The union of two soup powerhouses; tomato and French onion is a soup concoction made in heaven. Fire roasted tomatoes are combined with caramelized onions which creates a beautiful base to the melted gruyere cheese. The addition of the grilled cheese croutons elevates this soup to a full-scale meal. Mm Mm Good!
2. Premium Tonkotsu RED Ramen Bowl at JINYA Ramen Bar
Premium Tonkotsu Red is a special ramen, offered at limited JINYA locations and thankfully, Alpharetta is one of them! This spicy bowl of ramen includes pork broth, pork chashu, kikurage, green onions, seasoned egg, nori, red hot chili oil, spicy bean sprouts and thick ramen noodles. To push it over the top, JINYA uses Hollywood Hot Sauce in the recipe which is aged in Napa Oak barrels for over a year. You can choose your spice level from 0-10!
3. She-Crab Soup at South City Kitchen
Looking for a mental trip to the coast right here in Alpharetta? The She-Crab Soup at South City Kitchen at Avalon will take you there! A cross between a bisque and a chowder, this dreamy soup is made with fresh cream and delicious lump crab meat then finished with the perfect touch of sherry. Pair this with the Chamisal Chardonnay and you will swear your toes were in the sand!
4. Chicken Soup at Rio Balsas Taqueria
Chicken soup is synonymous with being good for the soul, so it’s no surprise that when punched up with pico de gallo, chipotle, and lime that this classic transforms into a mealtime fiesta for the senses! House made fresh each day, the chicken soup at Rio Balsas Taqueria features rice instead of noodles and offers up a better-than-crackers crunch thanks to a sprinkling of crisp tortilla strips. And, as a bonus, zesty Mexican spices serve as a next-level way to warm you up from the inside out!
5. Gumbo at Flatlands Bourbon & Bayou
Ok, so if it’s served hot and requires a spoon, we’re going to classify it as a soup (and definitely as a soul-warmer!). The gumbo at Flatlands rounds out the list for its deep, rich roux and Cajun blackened shrimp. Served up in a mini cast iron pan, you’ll find a harmonious blend of cayenne, garlic, paprika, and plenty of black pepper sizzling with succulent shrimp and fresh okra. And, if you fall head-over-heels for this palate pleaser and simply can’t get enough of that Louisiana love, you can add a heapin’ scoop of gumbo to any dish on the menu for just $5.
6. Chopped Brisket Chili at Loyal Q And Brew
The smell of oak welcomes you upon first step into the lodge-like Loyal Q And Brew. This delicious spot that has over 300 bourbons, 50 craft beers on tap and BBQ to simply die for. These pit masters are famous for slow smoking their brisket that they use a key ingredient in their Chopped Brisket Chili. The hearty chili is made with beans, brisket, spices and then adorned with sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onion. Somebody get a spoon…ASAP!
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