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Food Critics: The Best Soup In Kansas City

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A rich, flavorful broth with hardy vegetables can go a long way to raising your spirits. And a hearty soup like a stew or a bowl of Vietnamese pho can actually serve as a meal. In the Depression, home cooks discovered starting a meal with soup took the edge off of hunger so they could serve a more modest entrée. But no matter how you serve soup, it ranks as one of the best dishes ever for surviving cold weather, providing comfortable relief for the common cold, and eating your vegetables.

On Friday's Central Standard, host Charles Ferruzza talked with Gloria Gale, Chris Becicka, Emily Farris and listeners about their favorite soups and where to find them. Here's where the conversation went:

The Best Soups in The City:


Chicken Curry

Chicken Noodle

  • Stroud’s Restaurant, 5410 NE Oakridge Rd, Kansas City, Mo. 64119 (multiple locations)
  • D’Bronx, 3904 Bell St, Kansas City, Mo. 64111 (multiple locations)
  • Costco, 241 E Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. 64111 (multiple locations)
  • Marv’s Delicatessen, 11554 Ash St, Leawood, Kan. 66211 (with matzo balls)
  • Eat Me, 4112 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

Chicken Tortilla

Egg Drop

  • Red Snapper, 8430 Ward Parkway Plz, Kansas City, Mo. 64114

Fish Maw

French Onion

Italian Wedding

Lentil Soup

Lobster Bisque


  • Luna Azteca, 10004 N Ambassador Dr, Kansas City, Mo. 64153


  • Vietnam Café, 522 Campbell St, Kansas City, Mo. 64106
  • Pho Hoa, 1447 E Independence Ave, Kansas City, Mo. 64106


Red Pepper

Sizzling Rice


Sweet Potato Soup

Tomato Basil

  • Bella Cucina, 129 S Main St, Ottawa, Kan. 66067
  • Houlihan’s, 8660 N Boardwalk Ave, Kansas City, Mo. 64154 (multiple locations)
  • Café Nordstrom, 11143 W 95th St, Overland Park, Kan. 66214
  • Panera Bread, 2405 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, Mo. 64108 (multiple locations)

Tomato Bisque

Tomato and Pineapple

Tom Yum


  • Blue Koi, 1803 W 39th St, Kansas City, Mo. 64111

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Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.