Soup season is officially underway, so sharing with you thoughts and images of five of my Fort Worth favorites. Share yours in the comment section below.
Cream of potato soup at Bavarian Bakery and Cafe: If you haven’t been to this small cafe and bakery, which has been located in an industrial park near Forest Hill for more than 30 years, you’re missing out on some of Fort Worth’s best authentic German food. Not to mention the floor-to-ceiling, Black Forest-style cuckoo clock. Soups rotate daily, but my favorite is the potato soup. It’s heavy and creamy, filled with chunks of fried potatoes, onions and carrots. It’s cheap, too – $3 for a bowl that’ll keep you full all day. 3004 S.E. Loop 820. 817-551-1150.Chicken soup at Benito’s Restaurant: Who has the best chicken tortilla soup in Fort Worth? That’s another post for another day. But plain ol’ chicken soup – that’s Benito’s. The bowl comes with a quarter chicken, and you pull the meat off the bone yourself. More manageable is the cup, filled to the brim with pulled chicken, both white and dark, onions, cilantro and rice. Mix it all up, and add a dash of lime juice, and you have some delicious, hearty goodness. 1450 W. Magnolia Ave. 817-332-8633. Seafood pho at Pho Little Saigon: Arguably the best pho in town comes from this strip mall Vietnamese restaurant across the street from Ridgmar Mall. A lot of people like the beef pho. I go for the seafood pho, a busy jumble of beef broth, noodles, jalapenos, imitation crab, shrimp, scallops and squid. Sprouts come on the side, along with extra jalapeños. 1712 Mall Circle. 817-738-0040. Lobster bisque at Lucile’s Stateside Bistro: No bells and whistles, just lobster bisque the way it should be – creamy, decadently rich, full of tiny lobster pieces. I’ve been eating it for years and haven’t had a bad batch yet. 4700 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-738-4761. Jalapeno cilantro soup at Reata: Reata is well-known for its chicken tortilla soup but try their jalapeño-cilantro soup, spiked with flour tortilla chips, and see if you don’t walk away just as happy (and warm).310 Houston St. 817-336-1009.