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It’s no secret: the Downtown Phoenix dining scene is thriving. In the past year alone, more than a dozen bars and restaurants have opened. With more than 170-plus dining options, downtown is not only the place to get the best breakfast, pizza and burger in Arizona — it’s also home to some pretty stellar soups.
So if you’re looking for a savory spoonful of goodness, look no further.
Not into meat? No problem. Vegan House is home to several veg-friendly soup options that are both delicious and healthy. One of our top picks the vegetable and vermicelli noodle soup. It’s loaded with fresh vegetables like carrots, cabbage and zucchini as well as vegan “chicken” and thin rice noodles. Other soup options include a vegan “seafood” hot pot, seaweed with tofu, and Thai coconut.
Not only is Cornish Pasty Co. a great place for a pint, it’s also a great place for soup. Five made-from-scratch soups are on the menu including four vegetarian options, one vegan and one for the meat eaters. Our favorite is the mushroom, walnut and spinach — it’s hearty, but not overly rich and creamy. What makes also makes Cornish Pasty a great option for soup is that whether you order a cup or a bowl, it’s served with house-made bread and butter.
Feel a cold coming on? There’s a soup for that. If there’s any dish that’ll cure what ails you, it’s the hot and sour soup from Tom Yum Thai. Yes, chicken noodle is known for it’s healing properties, but so is spice and this soup can be as mild or as spicy as you like. With Thai herbs, chili paste, mushrooms, tomatoes and your choice of protein (we chose seafood), this soup will leave your belly happy.
With its flavorful New Mexican cuisine and scenic view of the Arizona Center grotto, Canyon Cafe is a Downtown Phoenix staple. And if you’re looking for a rich, creamy soup with just the right amount of spice, they’ve got you covered. The poblano chicken chowder is deliciously addictive and will definitely leave you feeling full. Pro tip: They also make a mean “limit two” margarita.
Céntrico is one of the latest additions to the Downtown Phoenix dining scene. While its staples are Mexican favorites like street tacos and chilaquiles (plus a burger and some salads, too) — it’s also home to an amazing bowl of chicken tortilla soup. This baby is the real deal, made-from-scratch kind of soup with a perfectly balanced broth. There’s tons of tender chicken, tiny diced veggies and house-made tortilla strips topped with cotija and avocado. Seriously. What’s not to love? Find Céntrico on the ground floor of Hotel San Carlos on the northwest corner of Central Avenue and Monroe Street. Follow Céntrico on Instagram for updates and details.