Welcome the first snowfall of the season with a savory soup at one of these five metro Detroit eateries, which are serving up everything from the classic Chicken Noodle to unique creations like Butternut Squash and Apple.
As a “healthy alternative to toxic fast food,” according to its website, Soupdive keeps its menu and ingredients fresh to keep customers happy and healthy. The eatery serves a variety of salads and sandwiches, but the soup menu — which includes rotating options like Portabella Mushroom, Jamaican Chicken Strew, and Impossible Vegan Chili — is particularly tempting. The mother-daughter team behind Soupdive sets themselves apart in the soup game by making their soups from scratch every day; keeping them free of preservatives, chemicals, and additives; and using fresh produce and halal chicken while simultaneously keeping prices low. Add on crab cakes or salmon croquettes to go with your soup order. Soupdive, 26051 W. 12 Mile Rd., Southfield; 248-262-7300; soupdive.com
Between Ima’s two locations, customers can expect to indulge in tasty ramen noodle bowls, udon noodle bowls, and pho. A pork-free broth serves as the base for these dishes, with standout options including the Lobster Udon, Miso Ramen, and the Vegan Phó. Add-ons include everything from traditional options like a fried egg and roasted tofu to more unique selections like bbq eel and koji-kombu, a miso-cured seaweed. Ima, 2015 Michigan Ave.; 313-502-5959; Detroit; and 32203 John R Rd, Madison Heights; 248-781-0131; imanoodles.com
Lunchtime Global keeps its menu short, sweet, and simple with only three options: Soup, salad, or a combination of both. Known for daily specials, you can’t go wrong with any of the soup selections at this downtown delicacy. From classics like Chicken Noodle to more adventurous tastes like Hot ASF Chipotle Chicken Mac‘n’Cheese and Spicy Louisiana Bayou Chicken, Lunchtime Global is sure to warm you up with a quick lunch on a cold winter day. Lunchtime Global, 660 Woodward Ave., Suite 110, Detroit; 313-963-4871; lunchtimeglobal.com
Soup and… hot dogs? Not exactly the most common food combination you’ll find, but that doesn’t stop Le Dog customers from enjoying the restaurant’s soup options. They’re classic flavors such as beef chili, chicken tortilla, and lobster bisque, and they’re done to perfection. The spot offers up a quick, affordable, and easy-to-eat lunch — the soups are served in Styrofoam cups — for those on the go. But know before you visit: Le Dog is cash only! Le Dog, 306 S. Main St., Ann Arbor; 734-327-0091; le-dog-la-soup.business.site
Soops ‘n Sanz
If you’re looking for soup made with love and care, look no further than Soops ‘n Sanz. Chef Joe, the talent behind the restaurant’s food, lives to share his creative takes on soup with his community. Some seasonal flavors currently include Butternut Squash and Apple, Potato Parmesan, and Shrimp Island. The best part? No soup is priced over $5.50. Soops ‘n Sanz, 2617 Dixie Hwy., Waterford; soopsnsanz.com