I don’t know if you felt it, but about a week ago, the fall season hit Seattle. It’s some combination of football everywhere, a new cool-crisp feeling in the air and more and more long sleeves on sidewalk passersby. And, along with new TV shows and more school busses on the road, fall means soup weather! Remember broth? Yeah, it’s freaking amazing. And it’s so easy to add a Pearl MINI to your bowl! So remember this article on the upcoming chilly days or when you get that inevitable cold and thank your friends here at Tarukino for a lunch well spent.
Ramen (Ooink and Kizuki): One soup in and we already have our first tie! That’s because these two versions are so different. But bonus! They’re a block away from one another. Ooink’s ramen is darker, earthier, spicier and feels like something you might get from a street vendor in Japan. While Kizuki’s ramen is a bit more conventional. It’s exactly what you’d expect, with a thick broth, toothsome noodles and an egg.
Nearby dispensary: Ruckus (1465 E Republican St.)
Pho (Than Brothers): Before we jump into Than Bros, which is the classic Seattle pho spot, let me offer you a sleeper: Billiard Hoang in Columbia City, which feels like you’ve entered a portal to Vietnam itself. But if you want the dependable standby, the perfect local recipe, try the piping hot stuff from Than Bros — add a little hoisin sauce and chili flakes and you’re golden.
Nearby dispensary: A Greener Today (5209 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.)
French Onion Soup (Gainsbourg): You can’t go wrong with French Onion Soup in a place that serves snails, right? In this Greenwood gem, you get the traditional, bajillion-year old French-style version, with a dark beef broth and melted sticky cheese on top. Hold on, I have to pause this article to go get one right now!
Nearby dispensary: Have a Heart (300 NW 85th Street)
Tomato Soup (Cheese Wizards): It’s best to have your tomato soup in a fun environment…like a food truck! Cheese Wizards is a roving restaurant that offers some of the best melty, cheesy, oozy sandwiches in town. And you obviously need a top-notch tomato soup to pair with these beauties, so that’s what Cheese Wizards invented. It’s thick, creamy and tastes like you’re ten years old again.
Clam Chowder (Daniels Broiler): This place has perfected the chowder. No frills, just a classic, stick-to-the-roof-of-your-mouth broth with choice chucks of clams floating throughout. Crumble up a cracker or just dive right in with your spoon. Have it as an appetizer or order two servings. It’s that good.
Nearby dispensary: The Green Door (828 Rainier Ave S.)
Agedashi Tofu (Obasan): Okay, you got us, this isn’t technically a soup, though the tofu in this dish is submerged in a tasty little broth. Agedashi Tofu is one of the best — and often overlooked — appetizers to order at a sushi restaurant. The broth is dark, and a tad like French Onion Soup, but the tofu is light and umami-laden. Give it a try next time you sit down for a California Roll or Yakisoba.
Nearby dispensary: Pot Shop Seattle (1628 Dexter Ave N.)