Warm Up with These Local Hot Soups
Forget pumpkin spice season–it’s hot soup season! Nothing warms chilly bones and icy fingers like a steaming hot cup or bowl of soup. But don’t just settle for chicken noodle soup from the can. Treat yourself to a trip around the world or a fun and funky creation from the town of Vienna. From pho to ramen, vegetarian to a good dipping soup that pairs with a crusty sandwich, your best meal could be anywhere within a mile of where you live. Put on the mittens and the earmuffs–or just get in your car and check out these soups. Maybe you’ll find inspiration in some of the more unique types.
Featuring Chinese, Japanese, and continental cuisine, Sunflower has both vegetarian and vegan food for healthy options and tasty options. Vegetable lomein and curry both exist here for those who want something more substantial, but if you crave soup, ask for the miso, the Thai tom yum for something a little spicier, or the spinach wonton soup if you need some more veggies in your life. You don’t have to be a lifestyle vegan or vegetarian to enjoy these great choices on Chain Bridge Road. But if you are, this restaurant has been serving the town of Vienna for years–so much so that it’s a staple for vegetarians and vegans in the community.
Have you tried pho yet? With basil, bean sprouts, and slices of jalapeno, this traditional Vietnamese soup is the perfect thing, even in warmer months when it's not as cold. Order a hot and crispy spring roll while you wait for a bowl of pho, filled with rice noodles and the meat of your choice. Viet Aroma Asian Cuisine has many other options besides soup, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a better choice. Grab something substantial and healthy with a steaming bowl of pho.
Craving spice, beans, and cheese? You might just be hungry for a cup of the Vienna Inn’s famous chili, sometimes served on a hot dog or spaghetti. This restaurant has been dishing out hot chili and hot soups like clam chowder for years. It’s considered a community staple on Maple Avenue. If you need something to cool your tastebuds down, try the chili and then try a turkey club to round out your experience. The Vienna Inn has a comfortable, down-home vibe that meshes well with getting warm and meeting new people. You can’t pass up this meal, whether it's lunch or dinner. Join the town of Vienna in enjoying the Vienna Inn no matter what the season.
The Japanese cornered the market when it came to soup, especially with miso soup and ramen. Tempera udon is one of the best kinds of Japanese soup, and it can be found at Sweet Ginger, a Japanese restaurant on Branch Road. Udon broth is typically simple, savory, and easy on the stomach – and the eyes, while the noodles are thick and satisfying. If you’re getting ready to go Christmas caroling or you’d rather take it easy and you aren’t hungry. Udon soup is also great for picky kids who need to eat dinner–they won’t even notice the vegetables in there! Plus, if you’re sick or need something to eat, a cup of miso soup never hurt anyone.
For a fancier, upscale experience, or if you’re simply looking to elevate your soup consumption to a higher level, try Cafe Renaissance. Dress up for your soup, and don’t just eat it, savor it. The Soup à l'Oignon Gratinée is not just an appetizer, but you’ll be ready for more French food once you’ve finished. Warming up isn’t just for the body, but it's also for the mind and soul. If you can’t make up your mind on what you want, try the five-course tasting menu for a complete experience.