On a winter day, these hot spots ladle up savory comfort
On cold winter days, people in these parts tend to seek comfort and sustenance in a bowl of gumbo or chili. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. But area eateries have other offerings for anyone wanting to spice up their routine.
Here are just some of the soups and the places that serve them:
Jinya Ramen Bar
The long-held favorite of college students across America, ramen is making a culinary comeback. You won’t find generic seasoning packets at Jinya Ramen Bar in Webster. The restaurant uses quality ingredients, from broths prepared with highly filtered water, to perfectly cooked poached egg toppings.
18299 Egret Bay Blvd., Webster; 281.549.6609; www.jinya-ramenbar.com
When it comes to chowder, New England is the capital. But BLVD. Seafood’s recipe could compete with the best, and the bonus is, you get to enjoy it on the Texas Coast. Made with coconut milk and potato, the finished product is luscious and creamy and doesn’t skimp on the seafood.
Seawall Boulevard at 28th Street, Galveston; 409.762.2583; blvdseafood.com
Nobi Public House
Foodies know that yummy things can happen at cultural intersections. Nobi Public House is the clever melding of two distinctly different concepts — part Vietnamese night market, part highbrow British pub. At Nobi, chicken noodle and wonton soups are offered daily, but the pho — a true labor of love — is saved for Pho-nunday Sundays, which begin at noon sharp.
241 E. NASA Parkway, Webster; 832.932.5111; www.nobipub.com
Holly Berry Tea Room
Just far enough from the interstate to exude small-town charm, Holly Berry Tea Room is in the compound of cottages at Founders Square in League City. Here, warmth radiates at all angles from the friendly servers to the pots of soup bubbling in the kitchen. Hungry people flock to the shop on Fridays to order the Loaded Baked Potato Soup, which is rich and filling and served with a topping of cheese, chives and crispy bacon.
501 E. Main St., Suite 4, League City; 281.557.4433; www.hollyberrytearoom.com
The Original Mexican Café
The curative powers of chicken soup are widely accepted, but who feels like cooking when you have a cold? Islanders and visitors need not venture far to find a hearty bowl of Caldo de Pollo, which can be ordered to-go at The Original. Served with tortillas for dunking, this restorative concoction brims with fresh vegetables and noodles.
1401 Market St., Galveston; 409.762-6001; www.theoriginalgalveston.com
Farley Girls Café
When it comes to comforting meals, this café has what the doctor ordered. And a lot of doctors order there. A quick jaunt from the University of Texas Medical Branch, the bustling East End eatery is known for its sumptuous Shrimp and Grits and soups du jour. The Tomato Basil is quite tasty, but the Poblano Soup is a revelation with a hint of spice and plenty of flavor.
801 Postoffice St., Galveston; 409.497.4454; www.farleygirls.com
Taqueria El Jaliciense
It might be housed in a beige, Texas City strip mall, but inside, Taqueria El Jaliciense is bright and lively. It’s a go-to for locals hankering for solid Tex-Mex, but the food and soups lure people from all around. Try the Pozole, which is spicy, delicious and chock full of hominy.
2013 10th Ave. N., Texas City; 409.945.8997
The popular spot in the island’s downtown is serving up some of the freshest fare around. Soups are a specialty here. With its velvety texture and gingery bite, the Carrot Ginger Soup is far from garden variety and is among the favorites.
408 25th St., Galveston; 409.762.0803; www.eatcetera.net
The Tea House Under The Oaks
“When it’s gone, it’s gone.” Heed the warning and make sure to secure your serving of Butternut Squash Soup at this quaint restaurant and tea house under the oak trees for which League City is known. It’s served on Fridays and Saturdays.
610 E. Main St., League City; 832.905.3909; www.theteahouseundertheoaks.com
With its piecemeal décor and sturdy wooden booths, kitschy Neptune Subs is a little slice of Americana off state Highway 146. Alongside its namesake subs, Neptune serves soup, as the menu will tell you, “when it’s cold outside.” Owned by a native New Yorker, the restaurant’s clam chowder earns high marks for its simple, stick-to-your-ribs quality.
1917 Bayport Blvd., Seabrook; 281.474.3973; www.neptunesubs.com
Gaido’s Seafood Restaurant
The kitchen at this culinary centenarian has been helmed by different chefs over the years. One of those chefs, Wade Watkins, turned out a soup so slurp-worthy, it came to bear his name on the menu. The sinfully delicious Watkins Bisque has a creamy seafood base with baby shrimp, pureed tomatoes, carrots, onions and spices.
3828 Seawall Blvd., Galveston; 409.761.5500; www.gaidos.com