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Food Critics: Super Soups


Ludwig Van Beethoven once theorized: "Only the pure in heart can make a good soup."

Well, we here at Central Standard Friday would be remiss if we went into this holiday season not acknowledging a few of the finest local ladles.

Join us as we welcome in the food critics for a look at area soup offerings, and what they believe it takes to make the best bisque, borsch, or broth.

Charles Ferruzza of The Pitch and Fat City Blog, Emily Farris of Feed Me KC, Mary Bloch of Around the Block, and Chris Becicka of Ingram's Magazine will be in-studio with their expert takes.

And as always, we want to hear from you.  Share with us your favorite soup spot--EmailTwitterFacebook, ​816-235-2888 or comment below.

Food Critics' Reviews And Recommendations:

Providence New American Kitchen
1329 Baltimore KCMO
Three beans and ham soup
Smoked tomato bisque
Fitting decor for an old hotel & really good lunch.
Crab cakes seasoned nicely
Potato pierogi

Chiusano’s Brick Oven Pizzeria
1713 Village West at the Legends
Really excellent pizza
Decent wines
pleasant place

Anton’s Tap Room and Restaurant
1610 Main KCMO
Butcher shop, talapia tank, herb garden
60 beers on tap
1 rootbeer
2 wines on tap
Pulled pork sandwich excellent
Short rib sandwich
Chef Philip Klein
Carter Holton - Pastry Chef (formerly of Le Fou Frog)

1911 Main
(Formerly bar natasha)
small plates

Louie’s Wine Dive
7100 Wornall KCMO
(Previously Cantina del Ray)

Tannin Wine Bar
15th and Walnut

910 W. 48th Street
KCMO (Plaza)

Cellar and Loft
River Market KCMO
wines on tap

Listener Recommendations:

Papa Rico’s
8314 Wornall KCMO
tortilla soup

Poco’s on the Boulevard
3063 Southwest Blvd KCMO
Braised rosemary lamb shank

Po's Dumpling Bar
1715 W.39th Street KCMO
seafood hot pot
marinated cabbage and pork soup

Thai Place
4130 Pennsylvania KCMO (Westport)
galangal soup

 Jerusalem Cafe
431 Westport Road KCMO (Westport)
lentil soup

Aladdin Cafe
3903 Wyoming St. KCMO
lentil soup

Vietnam Cafe
522 Campbell St. KCMO

12801 U.S. 40
Independence, MO

Nick & Jake’s
6830 W. 135th
Overland Park, KS.
seafood bisque

Mio an Italian Trattora
4800 West 135th St.
Leawood, KS.
soup special seasonal pumpkin
Zen Zero
811 Massachusetts St.
Lawrence, KS.
shrimp wonton soup

Blue Koi
1803 West 39th St.
wonton soup
pot roast soup
steak meatball soup

The Rieger Hotel Grill & Exchange
1924 Main Street KCMO
pork soup

Uncommon Stock
soup to-go
El Pulgarcito
5921 Merriam Drive
Merriam, Kansas
Fish Soup

Pho Good
10703 Shawnee Mission Parkway
Shawnee, KS

Dean & Deluca
4700 West 119th St.
Leawood, KS
lobster bisque

4603 West 90th St.
Prairie Village, KS
lobster bisque
carrot soup

Le Fou Frog
400 East 5th St.
Kansas City, MO
French onion soup and lobster bisque

Bo Ling’s
4701 Jefferson St.
KCMO (Plaza)
long life noodle soup

Red Snapper
8430 Ward Parkway KCMO
eggdrop soup
seafood and noodle soup  

Thai orchid
6504 Martway St.  
Shawnee Mission, KS.

Los Alamos
1667 Summit St.

Capital Grille
4740 Jefferson St.
KCMO (Plaza)
split pea soup

251 East 55th St. KCMO
french onion soup

11600 West 95th St.
Overland Park, KS.
Great french onion soup

Thai Jasmine
11839 Roe Ave.
Leawood, KS