Soup’s On, Let’s Eat!

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Given my food addiction, I never thought soup could be a meal. Yet, now that it’s cold outside, why couldn’t it be? So, where can you get a good bowl of soup around town?

If hardy is on your palate’s to-do list, then a drive to The Lodge in Keego Harbor is required. They have this amazing Turkey Chili that’s heavenly, with fixings-a-plenty to load it up; I go for the onions, cheese and sour cream trifecta! Treat yourself right and request they bake the cheese over the chili. Also, kids eat free on Sundays!

I recently visited the simply named Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup in Farmington Hills and enjoyed its signature items. I’m now convinced that tomato soup is made for dipping; the mark of a well made grilled cheese sandwich is when your fingertips get that little greasy shine.

As my soup adventure thickens, let’s enter the realm of a tried-and-true standard: chicken dumpling soup. It’s a staple of mine but not so easy to find made well — until I mined a vein of creamy gold at Hellenic Coney Island. (And their new location on Evergreen Road at I-696 in Southfield makes the enjoyment of eating in-house fi nally match the quality of the food.) Side note: Don’t forget to order their homemade French fries, well done, to dip into your soup!

Question: Can chain restaurants have good soup? While I tend to shy away from most chains, I make exceptions in the next two cases because each is a Michigan-originated company.

The first place, with which I was rather impressed, was Zoup! Because I was hungry, and it was pretty cold out, I decided on something hearty and ordered the Mexican chicken soup. It’s a tomato- and chicken stock-base with jalapenos, green peppers, whole kernel corn, rice, black beans, green chilies, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, lime zest, cumin and fresh cilantro. Mmmmm mmmmm good! (Sorry, Campbell’s!)

Another local chain that gets a waiver from me is Olga’s Kitchen. Their Peasant Soup of mixed vegetables, ground beef and lamb in a thick tomato broth is a certifi ed rib-sticking meal. Of course, you can’t eat it without a basket of Snackers!

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HELFY’S RECAP:

The Lodge Grill & Bar, 2812 Orchard Lake Road, Keego Harbor; (248) 683-
5458.
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup, 32407 Northwestern Hwy., Farmington Hills; (248) 626-6767.
Hellenic Coney Island, 27150 Evergreen Road, Lathrup Village; (248) 352-2546.
Zoup!, various locations; zoup.com.
Olga’s Kitchen, many locations; olgas.com.

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