Aperfect way to make it through the blustery month of January? Celebrate National Soup Month. Chicken soup is a popular remedy for the common cold, and there are even studies showing that starting a meal with a healthy soup can help promote weight loss.
Delaware is home to some pretty spectacular homemade soups. Treat your taste buds to one of these local favorites, or whip up a batch of your own. Winter will be over before you know it!
1. Reservations at The Buttery call for an order of seafood chowder. The rich and velvety soup is loaded with shrimp, clams and cod. | 102 Second St., Lewes, 645-7755, www.butteryrestaurant.com
2. If you’re feeling under the weather, stop by the Centreville Café for a steaming bowl of chicken noodle soup. The café makes its own stock and the soup three times a week. | 5800 Kennett Pike, Centreville, 777-4911, www.centrevillecafe.com
3. Most people rave about the sushi at The Cultured Pearl, but when there’s a chill in the air, its cream of crab soup is a must. It is served with loads of crabmeat, Old Bay and a touch of thyme. | 301 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 227-8493, www.culturedpearl.us
4. El Jefe Restaurant and Grill serves four varieties of homemade soup, including the very popular chicken tortilla soup. It is a rich tomato-based soup with shredded chicken and crispy tortilla strips, garnished with sour cream and cilantro. | 101 Astro Shopping Center, Newark, 894-9000, www.eljeferestaurant.com
5. Nothing will warm you quicker than a hearty bowl of French onion soup from Fork + Flask. The caramelized onions, beef broth and brioche crouton are topped with ooey-gooey Gruyère cheese. | 19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037, www.forkandflask.com
6. Need a quick lunch pick-me-up? Head over to Janssen’s Market in Greenville. There is always a rotating selection of homemade soups to choose from, as well as the chili bar. The white bean chicken chili is what dreams are made of. | 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-9941, www.janssensfinefoods.com
7. Jessop’s jalapeño beer cheese soup is as decadent as it sounds—the heat from the peppers pairs perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese. | 114 Delaware St., New Castle, 322-6111, www.jessops-tavern.com
8. Can’t decide what flavor you’re craving? Pizza by Elizabeth’s lets customers order a soup sampler—a serving of all three soups for only $12. Genius! | 3801 Kennett Pike, Greenville, 654-4478, www.pizzabyelizabeths.com
9. Old World Breads serves more than just bread. There are a variety of hearty options, from split pea and ham to mushroom. Pick up some bread to sop up any leftover goodness. | 32191 Nassau Road, Unit 4, Lewes, 313-5191, www.oldworldbreads.com
10. The ramen craze is not going away. So when a craving hits, head to Ramen Kumamoto for the tonkotsu ramen. It features heritage Berkshire pork-bone soup with slices of tender roast pork, bamboo shoots, beans sprouts and thin straight white noodles. | 165 E. Main St., Newark, 733-0888
11. Don’t feel like leaving the house? Try making some pumpkin-mushroom soup from the comfort of your own kitchen!