The homestretch of winter can be a long slog: The holidays and football season are behind us, and spring still seems way off in the distance. If you’re looking for a spot of warmth in the midst of cold days and long nights, perhaps a cup of steamy soup or bowl of hearty stew is just the ticket.
Soup is one of the most comforting meals, and Delco is full of places ladling up delicious chowder, bisque, chili and any other kind of soup and stew you can think of! From sit-down restaurants to lively pubs to grab-and-go delis, here are some of the area’s best spots for soup:
We have it on good authority that the scrippelle soup at Anthony’s in Springfield rivals that of many Italian-born mothers and nonnas. This traditional dish which originated in Abruzze, Italy, is a unique offering: homemade scrippelle (thin egg crepes) are filled with Parmesan cheese and rolled tightly and served in a bowl of delicate chicken broth. It makes a nourishing appetizer to enjoy before ordering a handcrafted entree from Anthony’s dinner menu, like veal saltimbocca or baked red snapper.
Anthony’s is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 2 to 9:30 p.m. Reservations are suggested but not required.
865 W. Springfield Rd., Springfield, (610) 623-6900.
Tucked into the Edgmont Square shopping center right off West Chester Pike, find Aoyama Ramen, a casual modern Japanese restaurant with fun images of Godzilla and other pop cultural references decorating the space. On the menu, there are so many varieties of ramen and udon noodle soups to try, like chicken wonton ramen, beef udon and rich garlic ramen. Whatever you choose, the homemade broth is complex and rich, with generous helpings of noodles, meat and toppings! Other fusion-style bites, like bang-bang shrimp, gyoza and edamame are also available.
Aoyama is open Wednesday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pick-up and delivery are also available.
4751 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, (484) 422-8196.
Settling in at the bar of a local tavern with a pint of local craft beer is a cozy way to socialize or catch a game during the winter months. It’s even better if, like at Chadds Ford Tavern, there is great food to enjoy, as well. Some of the highlights of the expansive menu are the tavern’s soups, inclduding mushroom bisque, lobster bisque and exceptionally delicious French onion soup, served in the customary crock with a decadent layer of Gruyere on top.
Chadds Ford Tavern is open Sunday through Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from noon to 2 a.m.; reservations are required. Don’t miss the weekly specials, like “Martini Mondays,” “Wing Wednesdays” and “Steakhouse Saturdays”!
1400 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; (484) 800-4084.
With Kennett Square — the Mushroom Capital of the World — so close by, there is no shortage of mushroom soups in Delco. You’ll find one of the finest versions, at La Porta, a restaurant and wine bar, with an Old World feel, impressive beverage offerings and fantastic Italian-inspired food. Fun fact: The restaurant’s chef/owner Peter McAndrews, who is of Irish heritage and a native Philadelphian, was classically trained at a culinary school in Piedmont, Italy!
La Porta’s mushroom zuppe is impossibly creamy and savory, with crispy pancetta and wisps of Parmigiano Reggiano ramping the flavor up to the next level. You’ll often find soups, like Italian wedding soup, on the specials menu, as well. La Porta is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Reservations are accepted.
1192 N. Middletown Rd., Media, (610) 358-5104.
Beloved in the community since 1984, Mrs. Marty’s Deli is known for its Jewish deli specialities, as well as creative twists on classics, like sweet potato latkes and Brisket Benedict. In addition to a laundry list of breakfast dishes and mile-high sandwiches, you’ll find five kinds of soup on the menu every day, including chicken and rice, matzo ball and cabbage borscht. Each one is available by the cup, bowl and quart. For the best of both worlds, go for the combo, which allows you to add a cup of soup to any half-sandwich or salad.
Mrs. Marty’s Deli is open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
1991 Sproul Rd., Broomall, (610) 359-1996.
Like any good diner, Sage Diner has a lot to choose from on its menu. In addition to all manner of breakfast specials, burgers, wraps, oven melts, and even Italian specialties, like shrimp Parmigiana and homemade lasagna, there are at least four soups each day! Choose from fiery chili topped with cheddar and corn ships, creamy crab bisque, French onion soup and a rotating soup of the day. The diner is open every day from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
4400 Chichester Ave., Boothwyn, (610) 364-7900.
Towne & Country Cafe’s charming, country cottage dining room is the perfect place to tuck into a homemade bowl of soup. There are always multiple kinds of soups on the specials board; recent offerings have included beef vegetable, chicken corn chowder, chicken tortilla, French onion and stuffed cabbage. Towne & Country is a breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, and is open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Note: It is cash-only!
4401 Concord Rd., Aston, (610) 459-9585.
For over 40 years, this well-stocked deli has provided its neighbors with a huge selection of hoagies, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and more. Included in this lunch-ready lineup are a variety of soups served daily. Offerings often include Italian wedding soup, chicken noodle and vegetable beef, available by the pint.
Trio Cold Cuts is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
1248 MacDade Blvd., Woodlyn, (610) 833-9987.
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– Emily Kovach
Featured photo courtesy of Chadds Ford Tavern