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Indika offers a great soup
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11 Soups to Warm You Up in Houston, Mapped

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Indika offers a great soup
| Debora Smail/Official Site

There are only a few days a year that are truly bone-chillingly cold in Houston. These last few weeks it seems like we've suffered all of those days back to back to back. Which isn't such a bad deal considering that plenty of restaurants are countering the dropping temps with hot bowls of soup that somehow seem to taste better on uncharacteristically chilly days. Here, we've lined up 11 of the best bowls of comfort around. It was originally ten, but we couldn't bring ourselves to eliminate even one bowl of soup. Take a look at the map and, as always, let us know if we missed a spot.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Giacomo's cibo e vino

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3215 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098
(713) 522-1934
Although they just added new menu items, the traditional Minestrone Toscano here is always the perfect start to your meal, right before the Involtini di Melanzane. For a heartier option try the Tortellini in Brodo or one of the seasonal soups on rotation.

2. Hong Kong Food Street

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9750 Bellaire Blvd, #100
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 981-9888
Locals love the Fish and Preserved Egg Congee here. It's a rice porridge topped with green onion, ginger, white pepper and sesame oil. Order the fried bread with it, too.

3. Danton's

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4611 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX
This gumbo is for fans of a dark, thick roux base and an oyster-rich stew. It's filling and dense, the perfect cold weather meal.

4. Taqueria La Macro

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9888 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036
(713) 270-8545
The caldo de res is always made fresh. A rich broth with chunky vegetables and beef only gets better when you top it with the accompanying rice and squeeze of lime.

5. Indika

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516 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006
(713) 524-2170
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The Red Beet Soup is a welcome change of pace from most traditional winter soups. Saffron and ginger are tempered by yogurt and coconut, creating a balanced flavor combination that is filling and satisfying.

6. La Balance Cuisine

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20680 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, TX 77450
(281) 206-7974
The Crème de Chou-Fleur soup here is a thick, creamy bowl of puréed cauliflower with just enough truffle oil to enhance the vegetable rather than overpower it. It's the most decadent soup on the list.

7. Soma

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4820 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 861-2726
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While ramen's been all the rage lately, there are only a few places that have remained contenders in the battle of the best bowl. Kata Robata and this spot on Washington serve up delicious miso broth ramen. Chef Gabriel Medina is as talented as they come.

8. Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

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2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056
(713) 871-8883
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The good thing about the matzah ball soup here is that you can make it the Mishmosh instead and have chicken noodle soup, rice and kreplach added to the mix. It's the ultimate in warm, comforting soup.

9. Pho Binh By Night

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12148 Bellaire Blvd, #101
Houston, TX 77072
(832) 351-2464
This is where the chefs go for their bowl of pho. It's consistently good. The concentrated beef broth and hints of anise are crave worthy.

10. Connie's Seafood

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7502 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055
(713) 688-3318
The Vuelve a la Vida soup will, as its name implies, revive you. Whether it's helping you recover from a nasty hangover, energizing you after a flu or just warming your stomach after a long day out in the cold, this seafood soup is perfect. Shrimp, oysters and filets of fish make it filling, and the broth is flavorful without being too salty.

11. Jonathan's The Rub

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9061 Gaylord Dr
Houston, TX 77024
(713) 465-8200
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This restaurant is serving up New England clam chowder as a seasonal menu item. It's heavy, opaque and creamy, and the Quahog clams shipped from Maine add an authentic taste of the East Coast.

1. Giacomo's cibo e vino

3215 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098
Although they just added new menu items, the traditional Minestrone Toscano here is always the perfect start to your meal, right before the Involtini di Melanzane. For a heartier option try the Tortellini in Brodo or one of the seasonal soups on rotation.
3215 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77098

2. Hong Kong Food Street

9750 Bellaire Blvd, #100, Houston, TX 77036
Locals love the Fish and Preserved Egg Congee here. It's a rice porridge topped with green onion, ginger, white pepper and sesame oil. Order the fried bread with it, too.
9750 Bellaire Blvd, #100
Houston, TX 77036

3. Danton's

4611 Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX
This gumbo is for fans of a dark, thick roux base and an oyster-rich stew. It's filling and dense, the perfect cold weather meal.
4611 Montrose Blvd
Houston, TX

4. Taqueria La Macro

9888 Bellaire Blvd, Houston, TX 77036
The caldo de res is always made fresh. A rich broth with chunky vegetables and beef only gets better when you top it with the accompanying rice and squeeze of lime.
9888 Bellaire Blvd
Houston, TX 77036

5. Indika

516 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77006
The Red Beet Soup is a welcome change of pace from most traditional winter soups. Saffron and ginger are tempered by yogurt and coconut, creating a balanced flavor combination that is filling and satisfying.
516 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX 77006

6. La Balance Cuisine

20680 Westheimer Parkway, Katy, TX 77450
The Crème de Chou-Fleur soup here is a thick, creamy bowl of puréed cauliflower with just enough truffle oil to enhance the vegetable rather than overpower it. It's the most decadent soup on the list.
20680 Westheimer Parkway
Katy, TX 77450

7. Soma

4820 Washington Ave, Houston, TX 77007
While ramen's been all the rage lately, there are only a few places that have remained contenders in the battle of the best bowl. Kata Robata and this spot on Washington serve up delicious miso broth ramen. Chef Gabriel Medina is as talented as they come.
4820 Washington Ave
Houston, TX 77007

8. Kenny & Ziggy's Deli

2327 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056
The good thing about the matzah ball soup here is that you can make it the Mishmosh instead and have chicken noodle soup, rice and kreplach added to the mix. It's the ultimate in warm, comforting soup.
2327 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056

9. Pho Binh By Night

12148 Bellaire Blvd, #101, Houston, TX 77072
This is where the chefs go for their bowl of pho. It's consistently good. The concentrated beef broth and hints of anise are crave worthy.
12148 Bellaire Blvd, #101
Houston, TX 77072

10. Connie's Seafood

7502 Long Point Rd, Houston, TX 77055
The Vuelve a la Vida soup will, as its name implies, revive you. Whether it's helping you recover from a nasty hangover, energizing you after a flu or just warming your stomach after a long day out in the cold, this seafood soup is perfect. Shrimp, oysters and filets of fish make it filling, and the broth is flavorful without being too salty.
7502 Long Point Rd
Houston, TX 77055

11. Jonathan's The Rub

9061 Gaylord Dr, Houston, TX 77024
This restaurant is serving up New England clam chowder as a seasonal menu item. It's heavy, opaque and creamy, and the Quahog clams shipped from Maine add an authentic taste of the East Coast.
9061 Gaylord Dr
Houston, TX 77024

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