Am I the only one doing a little jig and screaming hallelujah that we are FINALLY getting back to normal temperatures around these parts! I mean don’t get me wrong, I love pulling out the sweaters and the heavy boots for a day or two each winter in my hometown, but low temps for weeks is just plain crazy and does not make me a happy girl. I will say I thoroughly enjoyed drinking lots of good whiskeys to keep that internal burn going and eating hearty winter soups over the last few weeks.
Us Houstonians don’t need it to be crazy cold outside to enjoy warm winter soups since that’s not the norm, but it is a good look and much appreciated when we have the weather to match! With that in mind, I wanted to share some of the Houston restaurants that are serving up yummy soups either on their regular menu or a daily/seasonal special.
Gumbo Love (I know y’all saw this one coming)
Yes, I know you guys know I eat gumbo all year round, but I had to list it first because I especially enjoy a good bowl in the Fall/Winter months. One of my go-to spots is Starfish Houston. They are serving up a Southeast Texas Shrimp and Andouille Gumbo complete with East Texas rice. This gumbo is packed with shrimp, sausage, and flavor. To read about some of my other Starfish favorites click here.
Another spot that is serving up some good gumbo this season is Gatlin’s BBQ! As a daily special, they have added a Seafood Gumbo w/Smoked Crabs to the menu. The wow factor here are those delicious smoked blue crabs. Then be sure to finish things off with a little fatty brisket.
Onion Soup 2 Ways
I must confess something…even though I like traditional French Onion Soup I don’t love it! However, it is one of those dishes where I’m always looking for the one bowl of it that I will love. Recently we had dinner at the new Maison Pucha Bistro, and Urban Girl (who is a French onion soup lover) ordered the perfect bowl. What made it perfect you ask? Besides the fabulous taste of the soup, she found it to have the perfect ratio between broth, onions, cheese, and bread. Did I mention it came out piping hot with ooey-gooey cheese everywhere?!
Changing direction from broth-based traditional French onion soup to a cream-based creamy onion soup is where I find my happy place. The Prime Room at Café Annie is serving up this bowl of happiness! The Creamy Onion Soup w/Beef Crackling & Creamy Potatoes is everything you want and expect from a soup created by a culinary mastermind like Chef Robert Del Grande – fully developed flavors that send your taste buds into overdrive. Do yourself a favor and keep things going by ordering the prime rib and a few of the amazing sides.
Tried & True
If you have not had the Pozole (pork shoulder, cabbage, radish, onion, cilantro) from Alice Blue stop what you are doing right now, take a look in the mirror and ask yourself…”What in the hell is wrong with me!” Okay, that may have been a wee bit dramatic; but I did get your attention. In all seriousness, it really is that good, and it’s on their permanent menu for lunch and brunch.
If you are one of those folks that would like to try these but would love to make great tasting soup in the comforts of your home for you and your loved ones, you need to pickup Houston Soups & Sips by Houston’s own cookbook author Erin Hicks. In this cookbook, Hicks gives you some of the best soup recipes from the cities top and most beloved restaurants and chefs. You can pick up a copy at erinhickscooks.com, Amazon.com, and at local favorites Siphon Coffee, Helen Greek Food & Wine, and Bering’s just to name a few.
Where do you go to get your soup fix in the winter season?
~Felice “Swanky Girl” Sloan