It’s typically mid-January when I ask myself why anyone would choose to live in bitterly cold Missouri instead of somewhere with year-round warmth and sun. But then, that first pure white snow blankets the landscape in sparkling, crystalline beauty, and I am gently reminded. There is no better way to survive and enjoy winter in the Show-Me State than savoring a delicious, heart- and hand-warming bowl of soup.
If you’re looking for variety, The Fountain on Locust in St. Louis rotates 47 different made-from-scratch soups on their menu, including vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. Their signature Polish Dill Pickle soup is made from a secret family recipe with a potato base and crushed dill pickles.
With Mardi Gras around the corner, it’s the perfect time to laissez les bon temps rouler (“let the good times roll”) at Broussard’s in Cape Girardeau. A traditional New Orleans classic, their authentic, slow-simmered gumbo has a deep, rich flavor and just enough kick to add the perfect amount of heat to a cold day.
Don’t be fooled by the fancy name, the soupe a l’oignon graninee at Le Fou Frog in Kansas City is simply delicious. This traditional French onion soup is sweetened with port wine, enriched with veal stock and topped with golden toasted Gruyere and parmesan cheeses.
Try a new take on an old classic at Druff’s in Springfield. Dip a melty “Good Doctor,” a grilled sourdough sandwich with cheddar, cream cheese, bacon and jalapeno, into a flavorful bowl of their house-made tomato soup.
Located in Fulton’s Historic Brick District, the Fulton Café offers Cuban favorites such as Puerco Asado (roast pork) and Carne con Papas (Cuban-style beef stew) as well as a selection of house-made soups. I can’t help but order the creamy, rich lobster bisque every time.
The key to surviving a long and chilly winter – in my opinion – is enjoying comforting bowls of soup, and Missouri has a variety of appetizing options.