Ah, soup. There is perhaps no other dish that soothes the soul, cures the ails, and hits the spot better than a steaming bowl of soup. And while we know no one makes soup better than your mom, there is great soup to be had in Phoenix. The city’s figurative spoon runneth over with a variety of ladle-worthy options guaranteed to warm you up on even the chilliest of days.
Named for the historic Sierra Bonita Grill Ranch in southeastern Arizona, this central Phoenix neighborhood eatery is the place to go for Mexican comfort food. And when it comes to pozole, a savory stew made with hominy, no one does it better. The Green Chile Pork Pozole is chock full of tomatillos, jalapenos, pork, cabbage and hominy, and topped with a generous sprinkling of onions and cilantro. The pozole is good—so good, in fact, that it made the Food Network’s “50 States of Soup” list. Now that’s what we call ladle-worthy.
6933 N 7th St, Phoenix 85014
There’s something to be said about a restaurant that has nearly 40 years of history behind it. Case in point, Chompie’s, the New York-style deli that has been treating Arizonans hungry for a taste of the East Coast everything from mile-high pastrami and corned beef sandwiches, to smoked fish, to boiled-then-baked bagels. And when it comes to soup, Chompie’s makes them fresh every day—chicken with noodles, mushroom beef barley, vegetarian split pea and its famous chicken with matzo ball. Served with homemade bagel chips, this is pure comfort in a bowl.
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Known for its seasonally inspired cooking—and its enviable location at the Desert Botanical Garden—Gertrude’s is the perfect spot to enjoy a beautiful bowl of soup surrounded by desert beauty. Celebrating farm-fresh flavors from Arizona growers, the restaurant is dedicated to sourcing locally grown, sustainable, naturally-raised and organic products. This dedication to freshness can be found in the Farmer’s Soup, which changes seasonally, but has included roasted red pepper and habanero, gazpacho, and carrot and potato.
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix 85008
Located at Desert Botanical Garden
With 20 years experience in catering, Jennifer Russo sure knows a thing or two about feeding people. With knowledge and experience in hand, she opened the Market by Jennifer’s Restaurant & Bar, where she serves upscale American comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dishes are made with locally grown, sourced and crafted ingredients, including her signature Butternut Squash Bisque. Smooth like velvet, it’s made with puréed butternut squash, popcorn, white cheddar cheese, crème fraiche and thyme, making it one of the most popular items on the menu.
3603 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix 85018
In today’s dining scene, there are build-your-own burgers, pizzas, burritos and poke bowls. But build-your-own soup? Cornering that market is Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup with their famous Linda’s Homemade Tortilla Soup. It starts out hearty helping of a tomato-based broth made with carrots, celery and onion ladled into a bowl. From there, add any of their signature mix-ins, from roasted tomatillo chicken to guajillo braised short ribs to sweet and spicy cornbread. Top it with a hearty dollop of cheese and watch it turn into a bubbly bowl of heaven. Finish it off with some crisp slaw, pickled onion or scratch-made crema, and you, my friend, have a soup masterpiece in the making.
3313 N 7th St, Phoenix 85014
4031 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix 85018