Winter weather and soup go together like peas and carrots. Who doesn’t want to dunk a warm chunk of hot, buttery bread into a bowl of something warm and brothy when it’s cold outside? Lucky for us, the Bay area boasts several slurp-tastic options. Soup. It’s what’s for lunch.

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San Francisco

Split Pea Seduction
If you happen to be in the mood for a tasty take-out, check out Split Pea Seduction. Although the menu changes daily, they have been known to offer a hearty and healthy vegan pea soup and a slow cooked pork with pea soup that the city dwellers crave. The pea is bringing sexy back. Add the crostata, a sweet or savory pastry baked to golden perfection, and call it a day.

138 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-551-2223
Online: splitpeaseduction.com

Burma Superstar
Sometimes we find gems in mysterious places. Like diamond rings in Atlantic Ocean tide pools. Or like the Samusa and Moh Hinga soups at Burma Superstar. You never knew you wanted soups with southeast Asian flair until now.

309 Clement St
San Francisco, CA 94118
415) 387-2147
Online: burmasuperstar.com

American Grilled Cheese Kitchen

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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
When husband and wife duo, Heidi Gibson and Nate Pollak, opened their first Grilled Cheese Kitchen in 2010, they promised to serve the Bay Area with exceptional American comfort food. Now with three locations in San Francisco, they offer dine in and take-out options as well as phone and online orders for pick up. Soups are made in house with locally sourced organic ingredients. The creamy-based smokey tomato soup is a big hit with the kids, served in a 12 oz paper cup or bowl with scribbles of creme fraiche and a side of house-made croutons. Vegan options are also available.

1 S Park St
Apt 103A
San Francisco, Ca
415-243 0107

2400 Harrison St
San Francisco, Ca
415-926-5076

799 Battery St
San Francisco, Ca
415-872-9230
theamericansf.com

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Petite Deli
This gem in North Beach offers at least two soups every day with ingredients sourced from the local farmers market. Served in a bowl or cup, the Chicken Noodle soup is a favorite as is the thick, creamy tomato soup. A gooey grilled cheese and soup combo is a big hit with little ones but leave some space for desert!  The deli, and its website, are in the middle of a makeover which will see it offering grab ‘n’ go picnic baskets just in time for spring break. Pick what you want online and it can be delivered to your door, setting you up for the perfect family field trip.

Petite Deli
752 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, Ca
415-374-7351

Chez Maman Soup

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Chez Maman
The french onion soup is the show stopper on the menu at this neighborhood bistro; hot, caramelized onion topped with a blanket of grilled cheesy goodness and served in an earthenware bowl.  If that’s too much for the little ones, there’s always a second soup served daily. With locations in Potrero Hill and Hayes Valley, Chez Maman has been providing a friendly, casual atmosphere full of home cooked delights to Bay Area patrons since 2002.

1401 18th St
San Francisco, Ca
415-655-9542

401 Gough St
San Francisco Ca
chezmamansf.com

turtletower

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Turtle Tower
For the flavors of North Vietnam, Turtle Tower prepares soups in the Ha Noi tradition, using fresh free-range chicken, high quality beef, and freshly made noodles. Broths are their speciality with the Pho ga, a Vietnamese version of the chicken noodle being the most kid-friendly option; light and simple and filled with chicken and herbs. Family owned for sixteen years Turtle Tower is run by the daughters of founder and chef, Stephen Pham, with three locations in the city.

645 Larkin Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
415-409-3333

5716 Geary Blvd.
San Francisco, CA 94121
415-221-9890

501 6th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
415-904-9888
turtletowersf.com

Marin

Pho Viet
Do you like slurping noodles bathing with protein and vegetables in a delicious broth? Are you a umami mommy seeking the savory, sweet, sour, bitter and salty nirvana?  If so, Pho-get what you are doing and head to San Rafael’s Pho Viet. Pho, the Vietnamese version of soup, is the hottest thing to happen to soup lately. The locals claim this hidden gem is the best in the Bay.

555 E Francisco Blvd
San Rafael, CA
415-455-8063
Online: phovietmarin.com

RusticBakery

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Rustic Bakery & Cafe
Opening its fourth Marin location in Tiburon next month, the Rustic Bakery and Café has been serving delicious eats to Bay Area foodies for the past ten years. There’s a choice of two soups served daily, all made in-house with organic ingredients. An 8oz cup compliments the kids menu, which includes the usual suspects of PB&J and grilled cheese sandwiches. Pureed, creamy or fragrantly brothy, they are served with a slice of baguette or a flatbread and garnished with creme fraiche, chives, parsley, cheese or yoghurt.

1139 Magnolia Ave,
Larkspur, Ca
415 925 1556

1407 Grant Avenue,
Novato, Ca
415 878 4952

Marin Country Mart
415 461 9900
rusticbakery.com

Boudin SF
The next time you have to do a Gap return at The Village at Corte Madera, plan your lunch stop at Boudin SF. This place is chock full of young and old, looking for a nostalgic dip of their grilled cheese into a steaming hot bowl of tomato soup. The perfect place to find those 3 lbs. that you lost!

1734 Redwood Hwy
Corte Madera, CA
415-737-1849
Online: boudinbakery.com

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Peninsula

Urban Bistro
With all the new upscale retail stores and eateries in downtown Burlingame, Urban Bistro is a casual lunch stop located slightly off the main road. They offer up to 8 signature soups at a time. Insider tip: try the delectable Matzo Ball Soup if it’s on the menu. With a reputation for being kid and dog friendly, this place is a family’s oasis in a busy part of town.

270 Lorton Ave
Burlingame, CA
650-347-7687
Online: sfsoupco.com

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Ramen Dojo
Ramen, a Japanese noodle soup, is an easy way to get a hearty dinner of broth, pork and veggies on the table. The fine folks at Ramen Dojo are providing, as touted by more than a few, the best Ramen in San Mateo. Past patrons will tell you to arrive an hour before opening time as the line forms early. This place is small, clean and service is quick. Try the garlic pork broth option!

805 S B St
San Mateo, CA
650-401-6568

East Bay

Monster Pho
With a very clean building, fast service and delicious, hot soup, the people of Oakland are buzzing about Monster Pho. Noted is the vegetarian Pho, with brightly colored veggies and thinly sliced tofu swimming in a sizzling broth. If you have room after this Pho-nomenal meal, try the Pandan Waffle with ice cream. It’s the perfect closure.

3905 Broadway
Oakland, CA
510-788-4459
Online: monsterpho.com

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Soop 
If you are a purist, then Soop is for you. Every week, the owners of this Gourmet Ghetto establishment lovingly create up to 6 fresh soups, chowders and chilis from scratch. They use fresh ingredients and time-consuming cooking techniques so you don’t have to. Saving you time for things like laundry and calling your mom back. It’s a win win. Try Soop. It’s gud.

1511 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA
510-548-7667
Online: sooptogo.com

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Standard Fare
The brainchild of Kelsey Kerr (with connections to Chez Panisse) this little café is the store front for her catering business. There’s plenty of outdoor seating, making it an easy spot with a stroller and the seating inside is on bar stools by the window. Cooking takes place center stage – on countertops in the middle of the cafe – so the little ones can see exactly where the food’s coming from and how it gets on the plate. Big bowls of freshly made broth are filled with goodness and the side of mini biscuits with marmalade will whet their appetite for the yummy selection of fresh muffins and cookies for dessert.

2701 8th St
Berkeley, Ca
510 356-2261
standardfareberkeley.com

 

South Bay

Pho Vi Hoa
Piping hot Pho? Say no mo’. The folks in Los Altos sit down at or take out from Pho Vi Hoa. It’s a no frills, easy atmosphere that is a popular choice for families and for the work lunch crowd.

4546 El Camino Real
Los Altos, CA
650-947-1290
Online: phovihoa.com

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Le Petit Bistro
Je vais avoir la soupe, s’il vous plait. That’s fancy for ‘soup, please’! Le Petit Bistro is an authentic french cafe in Mountain View serving up delicious hot bowls of french onion soup and lobster bisque. Locals know it as a cozy place with a country feel. Délicieux!

1405 W El Camino Real
Mountain View, CA
650-964-3321
Online: lepetitbistro.biz

Where do you go for a hot bowl of soup?

—Heidi Oelman and Emily Myers