Soup may just be the perfect cold-weather cure: warm and comforting vessels filled with hearty ingredients. Because Austin has no shortage of worthy contenders, we found our favorites that are not only great for the wintertime, but also satisfying all year long.
Without a doubt, Pho Saigon Vietnamese Noodle House serves authentic bowls of beef and chicken pho at every one of its nine locations between Houston and Austin. A true mom-and-pop business, this spot offers quality ingredients with an addicting beef, chicken, or seafood broth base to match. Typically served with thin, flat rice noodles and a plate of fresh bean sprouts, lemon, spicy peppers, cilantro, and basil leaves, you can expect an explosion of flavors. We’re all about their special combination pho bo, a beef extravaganza soup served with eye round steak, well done flank, fatty brisket, soft tendon, tripe, and beef meatballs. 10901 Lamar Rd. #A108, 512-821-1022
A bowl of chewy noodles swimming in savory pork broth with cabbage, corn, ground pork, and an ajitama egg sounds like pure heaven—and it's exactly what you’ll find in the Mi-So-Hot/Mi-So-Not at Ramen Tatsu-Ya. If you happen to visit the ramen joint at lunchtime, try out their Ol’ Skool. A chicken-based soup that is reminiscent of your mom’s finest chicken noodle rendition with a deliciously rich Japanese spin, the ramen is served with chasu pork, scallions, menma, nori, pepper, and an ajitama egg. 8557 Research Blvd. #126; 1234 S. Lamar Blvd.
Chef Nicholas Yanes takes a delightfully thoughtful approach to all of Juniper’s Northern Italian cuisine, including their soup. Sunchoke, the tuberous vegetable also known as Jerusalem artichoke, has a nutty sweetness and an artichoke-like flavor, which makes it ideal for a creamy soup base. Juniper's version is delicate and served with blue crab, arugula for a peppery bite, and Meyer lemons for extra flavor. 2400 E. Cesar Chavez St. Ste. 304, 512-220-9421
The Peached Tortilla is dedicated to Southern comfort food with an Asian flare, which you'll find in dishes like peach-pickled cauliflower and whitefish tacos. The food truck turned brick-and-mortar offers their take on Malaysian laksa, which is both wildly inventive and just what the doctor ordered for your winter blues. In this bowl, you'll find Japanese tonkatsu noodles served in a rich curry seafood broth with poached shrimp, bean sprouts, and a 45-minute egg. 5520 Burnet Rd. #100, 512-330-4439
Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon takes food very seriously, and it's dedicated to providing delicious handmade meals with all the convenience of fast food service. Pozole, a traditional Mexican soup, gets a modern twist thanks to a guajillo chili broth that brings out the perfect amount of heat without overpowering the white hominy, roasted pork shoulder, and fresh garnishes like radish and lime. Bonus: This popular spot offers a drive-thru in addition to its walk-up counter, which means you can swing by whenever you'd like. 915 N. Lamar Blvd., 512-428-5077