Hot soup

Contrary to popular belief, Phoenix can get decently cold in the winter — especially if you got used to temperatures that exceed 100 degrees.

If you’re feeling the full effects of the temperature drop, or just feeling a little under the weather, then grab some nice, hot soup. Every cultural cuisine possess a signature soup and, in Phoenix, there’s no shortage of restaurants to serve them.

Looking for a good tom kha gai, wonton or matzah ball soup this winter? Well, here are some of the best places to find them.

Da Vang

A major staple of Vietnamese cuisine, pho is an amazing brothy soup usually served with beef, herbs and rice noodles. Da Vang serves up a variety of soup, but its signature bowl, the Pho Da Vang, is a delicious beef soup with vegetables and plenty of flavor.

Of course, there are many other great tasting dishes to try as well. Da Vang offers an excellent selection of Vietnamese sandwiches and some of the tastiest noodle dishes around.

Open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day except Wednesdays, Da Vang is the pinnacle of Vietnamese food in Arizona for prices you can’t beat.

Address: 4538 N. 19th Avenue, Phoenix
Phone: (602) 242-3575

Chompie’s

The best of New York’s delis all rolled into one, local favorite Chompie’s also boasts a famous made-fresh-daily matzo ball soup. Additional comfort food includes the chicken noodle soup. You can pair any soup with a sandwich, such as the colossal Reuben, and reminisce about the Big Apple.

Address: 9301 E. Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, and other locations in Glendale, Tempe, Chandler and Phoenix.
Phone: (480) 860-0475
Website: chompies.com

Sala Thai

Tom kha gai gets your mouth watering just thinking about it. The steamy coconut milk chicken soup receives special attention at every Thai restaurant, and Sala Thai is no exception.

Served with tomatoes, herbs, mushrooms, lemongrass and a whole lot of spice, this dish bursts with flavor. A great choice for sharing with friends, the soup goes well with Sala Thai’s great selection of noodle and curry dishes.

Address: 10880 N. 32nd Street, Suite 29, Phoenix
Phone: (602) 971-1293
Website: salathaiaz.com

Nordstrom’s Marketplace Cafe

Nordstrom Marketplace Café at Scottsdale Fashion Square grabs plenty of attention thanks to its amazing tomato soup — and rightly so. Pair it with a grilled cheese sandwich and there’s nothing else quite like it.

Address: Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7055 E. Camelback Road
Phone: (480) 429-1610
Website: fashionsquare.com

China Chili

When you hear “Chinese takeout,” you think of orange chicken, Mongolian beef and, of course, won ton soup. Won ton soup makes a wonderful dish to share with friends and family, and serves as a great accompaniment to any meal.

China Chili knows this and strives to provide the best won ton soup in town. Its wide-ranging soup menu also includes hot and sour, egg flower and tofu mushroom soup, to name a few.

Address: 302 E. Flower Street, Phoenix
Phone: (602) 266-4463
Website: chinachilirestaurant.com

– Evan Baltman, The Entertainer! Magazine / Edited for Phoenix.org

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