With school starting and fall inching closer, it’s about time to pull out those extra blankets and rain jackets. Celebrate the changing seasons with a big bowl of steaming soup! With so many ways to simmer, stir, scoop and slurp, soup is something every member of your crew can enjoy. And no one can argue with a nice hunk of buttered bread or a grilled cheese on the side! Find your favorite bowl at one of these great places around Portland—but leave some in the pot for the rest of us! Read on for more!

Beijing Hot Pot

If you’ve never brought them to experience a Chinese hot pot meal, you’re kids are in for a treat. A dish of boiling broth is placed in the center of the table, and kids will get to choose from a variety of ingredients to go inside, fully customizing it. An array of veggies, meats, noodles and dumplings are available to choose from, and every ingredient gives it’s own flavor to the broth. By the end, everyone will be slurping up every bit of it! Small children will need to be watched around the very hot broth, but with some guidance, they’ll love to carefully add ingredients. The bonus is that kids might be more likely to eat veggies if they can choose them themselves! A Hot Pot Combination for two, around $25, is plenty to share with two adults and a child, and you can also add the chef’s special dumplings to the side.

2768 SE 82nd Ave.
Portland, OR
Online: thebeijinghotpot.com

Photo: harmony via yelp

What’s your favorite soup to slurp? Tell us in the comments below!