Superb soups to warm you up this winter in Metro Detroit


Grab the crackers, it’s soup season.

A cup or bowl from your favorite restaurant is a quick and light lunch for those looking to improve their diet after the holidays, but it is also a comforting winter meal.

From biscuits to gumbos, these are some of the area’s most iconic soups from Metro Detroit restaurants and restaurants.

Turkey gumbo with seafood in the Turkey Grill: The Cajun Gumbo is a robust symphony of seafood. It contains shrimp and whole crab legs as well as the main ingredient of the popular long-standing spot: turkey. The Turkey Grill just outside the New Center has served mostly as a porter for the past few decades, offering a wide variety of turkey meat, Cajun-fried turkey wings, turkey food, south-facing and of course turkey rolls. 8290 Woodward, Detroit. (313) 872-4624 or

The dill pickle soup in Hamtramck's Polish Village Cafe is a comfort classic.

Dill pickle soup in the Polish Village Cafe: These creamy, homemade staples in one of the region’s most popular Polish restaurants have a tangy flavor and pieces of cucumber, carrot and potato that still have a bite to it. Now open for performing, delivery, al fresco dining and catering. 2990 Yemens, Hamtramck. (313) 874-5726 or

Lima bean soup at Hygrade Deli: This Michigan Avenue restaurant has been a lunch favorite since the 1950s. The sandwiches are great, but it’s the rotating soups that make the star. Customers love the lima bean soup served on Tuesdays, and either chicken noodles or chicken rice are served all week. 3640 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 894-6620 or

Lobster Udon at Ima: I could write a whole list of my favorite udon, ramens, and pho dishes. Ima’s amazing and filling butter-poached lobster udon could top any local soup list. It’s a whole meal and a focal point for special occasions. Find the Original Ima in Corktown or Madison Heights. 2015 Michigan, Detroit. (313) 502-5959. 32203 John R, Madison Heights. (248) 781-0131.

Steve Goldberg, owner of Stage Deli, West Bloomfield, uses a ladle to finish the matzo ball soup.

Matzo ball soup at Stage Deli: The second generation owner, Steve Goldberg, calls the Stage Delis matzo ball soup base “Jewish penicillin”. The calming broth is served of your choice: matzah balls, noodles, rice or Kreplach or the “mishmash” soup with all four. 6873 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield. (248) 855-6622 or

TV's Deli & Diner in Trenton is known for its creamy lobster bisque served with a buttery garlic roll.

Lobster bisque at Deli and Diner on TV: Did I mention anything about eating light? Not the case here, but the television’s famous lobster bisque, one of the best in town, is well worth the calories. Their rich and silky soup has large pieces of tender lobster meat and is served with buttery garlic rolls. Call for a cup or bowl, or fill up with a quart (hot or cold) of lobster bisque for $ 16.99. 2441 Fort, Trenton. (734) 671-9005 or

Turkey Chilli at Lunchbox Deli: This hearty and persistent turkey chili with tomatoes and red beans is the cure for blahs in winter. There’s a reason it’s always on the menu. served as a snack size, large cup or bowl. 17018 Mack, Grosse Pointe Park. (313) 884-1501 or

Three cats mushroom biscuit.

Morel mushroom biscuit at Three Cats: I like mushrooms, but I rarely crave them. Chef Matt Prentice is an expert on them, however, and his thick, velvety, flavorful mushroom biscuit cream is a great way to showcase the mushrooms. The restaurant currently has a rotating offering of three full meals for $ 39.99 to eat now or later in the week. They also carry wine and deliver within 15 miles for an additional fee. 116 W. 14 Mile, Clawson. (248) 900-2287 or

Also: Although they are currently closed due to COVID-19, the Cadieux Cafe is home to one of my favorite soups, the Belgian onion soup with Dutch cheese. I also like the hearty, vegan mermaid stew from Living Zen Organics, which has a basement café in the Detroit Zen Center in Hamtramck. I wish both of them an early restart in the course of 2021.

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