As the steam rises from a bowl of piping hot soup, your senses are primed for the smell, the heat, the look and the taste of a delicious wintertime staple. Warm up your belly and put a smile on your mug by sampling incredible taste sensations from classic chicken soups and minestrones to vegan chilis and a French onion fondue. North Shore restaurants have got you covered from the homespun to the exotic. Want more delicious dining choices? Explore Where to Eat on Chicago’s North Shore.
OOH LA LA FRENCH ONION SOUP
The custom in France of enhancing every other thing with cheese gave us French Onion heaven. Wildfire (1300 Patriot Blvd., Glenview) combines Swiss and asiago cheese in their Baked French Onion Soup. If you want to go full traditional, Jameson’s Charhouse (9525 N. Skokie Blvd., Skokie) tops theirs with melted Gruyere cheese in a crock. Then Guildhall Restaurant (694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe) goes all out with an insanely delectable French Onione Foundue: caramelized sweet onions, brandy and gruyere cheese fired in a wood oven and served with fresh herbs and toasted Publican Quality Bread.
CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL
The baseline for a curative soup is always going to be a chicken broth situation. The array of options for the classics at Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen (4905 Dempster St., Skokie) includes homemade Chicken Soup alongside other faves like Matzoh Ball and Mish Mosh (with a matzo ball, a kreplach, noodles and rice, it’s the kitchen sink of Jewish soup). Guanajuato (1005 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka) serves up a savory, authentic Tortilla Soup, a satisfying Mexican staple with avocado, sour cream, cheese and tortilla strips. NaKorn Kitchen’s (1622 Orrington Ave., Evanston) Harrison Farm Chicken and Noodle Soup introduces Asian flair with thin rice noodles, carrots, bean sprouts, roasted crushed peanuts, cilantro, Thai chili flakes and garlic oil.
CHILI MAKES YOU LESS CHILLY
NaKorn Kitchen, Evanston
The Happ Inn Bar and Grill, Northfield
ITALY AND THE MEDITERRANEAN IN A BOWL
Maggiano’s Little Italy (Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie) at Westfield Old Orchard scores with their quintessential Minestrone packed with vegetables, fresh basil, Romano and Parmesan and their yummy marinara sauce. Always fresh and homemade, Grill House (3061 Dundee Rd., Northbrook) makes an authentic Greek Avgolemono Soup of chicken broth, egg yolks and lemon juice. Gusto Italiano Ristorante (1834 Glenview Rd., Glenview) also packs plenty of veggies into their mouthwatering flavorful, brothy Minestrone. Tuscany (550 S. Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling) tantalizes taste buds with a hearty Northern Italian Minestrone, too, for a perfect “zuppa” course before entrées like Linguine con Scampi or Pollo Parmigiana.
Maggiano's, Westfield Old Orchard, Skokie