Where to slurp great soups in Seattle

‘Tis the season for steaming bowls of comfort.

Phnom Penh Noodle House's soup with chopsticks showing off the noodles.

Phnom Penh Noodle House has phenomenal Cambodian specialties.

Photo by @amberfouts

Whoa, it’s f-f-f-freezing out there. With lows in the 30s this week, it’s the perfect time to seek out some piping hot Seattle soups.

From tender meats mixed with noodles to broths simmered to perfection over hours, here’s where to ladle in the best broths around town. 🍜

Party hearty

  • El Mezcalito | 2123 Queen Anne Ave. N | The pozole at this family-run Mexican restaurant is simply stewrific, served with tortillas to sop up all that pork and hominy.
  • Mike’s Chili Parlor | 1447 Ballard Way | Celebrating its 100th b-day, the dive has served the same great chili recipe for generations and got kudos from Food Network star Guy Fieri.
  • Oriental Mart | 1506 Pike Pl #509 | This longtime Filipino favorite at Pike Place won a James Beard Classics award for its homestyle dishes like the sour salmon collar sinigang (say that five times fast).
Meat on skewers next to a bowl of ramen in a rich brown broth.

Midnite Ramen comes from renowned chef Elmer Komagata.

Send in noodz

  • Lucky’s Pho | 3414 Fremont Ave. N. | Readers voted Ba Bar as Seattle’s best pho and Pho Bac is a local icon — but don’t sleep on this under-the-radar spot with broths as smooth as silk.
  • Midnite Ramen | 4001 21st Ave. W and 1144 NW 52nd St.| This roving food truck pays homage to the old school ramen carts from different regions of Japan with deep, rich flavors.
  • Phnom Penh Noodle House | 913 S. Jackson St. | The menu’s special rice noodle soup is a traditional Cambodian dish packed with seafood that puts grandma’s chicken soup to shame (sorry, granny).

For veggie lovers

  • Dingfelder’s Delicatessen | 1318 E. Pine St. | Watch the menu for rotating veggie items, although our personal fave is the bright borschtalways hard to beet.
  • Korean Tofu House | 4142 Brooklyn Ave. NE | While these soft tofu soups often include meat, you won’t lose any flavor by opting to go all green here — ramp up that spice level, too.
  • Secret Congee | 6301 Seaview Ave. NW | The miso and squash version of the Southeast Asian rice porridge makes us feel like curling up by the fire and hibernating all winter.
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