With cold weather right around the corner, the city has come alive with the savory aromas of fall soups. A tradition of the harvest, the soups of the season feature fresh vegetables, such as white bean, pumpkin, squash, green beans, lima beans and carrots and are often cooked in a beef or poultry base, although there are vegetarian recipes as well that are also delicious. Whether its American classics or international imports, delicious fall soups can be sampled at many Philadelphia restaurants.

926 S. St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 592-8180

Serving seasonal American cuisine made from fresh grown produce from the Blue Elephant Farm, an organic farming operation at Newtown Square, Supper is a Philadelphia favorite for fall soups. Its carrot soup, topped with a stroke of marshmallow, is a perennial favorite. While fresh corn is available, another favorite soup is the chilled corn and coconut soup, which includes tomatillo, cilantro, lime and radish. In the fall, look out for other hearty soups on the rotating menu.

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Good Spoons Seasonal Foods
Fair Food Farmstand
12th & Arch St.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 386-5211

To sample the seasonal soups made by Good Spoons Seasonal Foods, visit the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal, Cafe Fleur at Valley Forge Flowers, or head to area farmers’ markets, including Rittenhouse Square, Bryn Mawr, Headhouse and the Chestnut Hill Growers. All of Good Spoons’ soups are made from locally grown products. For fall, artisanal soups will include vegetarian as well as meat-based selections featuring fall harvest vegetables.

Doc’s Soup Bar
169 W. Girard Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
(215) 423-5350

No matter what time of the year, Doc’s Gourmet Soup Bar will be ladling out seasonal and perennial favorites. The restaurant features more than 100 soups on a rotating menu. Standard soup selections include chicken pot pie, corn chowder, tomato bisque and others. Chili bowls with rice and other soups are always on the menu, too. As the seasons change, the soup menu reflects many traditional favorites. Doc’s also offers vegetarian and gluten-free options for those with restricted diets.

Soup Kitchen Cafe
2146 E. Susquehanna Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 427-1680

Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, Soup Kitchen Cafe in Fishtown is a favorite spot for diners looking for slightly different menu choices, such as lox and bagel made with red onion, capers, tomato, cream cheese and shaved fennel, for example. Look for gazpacho vegan soups in the fall. Sausage and lentil and black bean are just a few of the fall soups that are available.

Shoo Mama’s Farm Fresh Cafe
The Commons of Thornbury Shopping Center
66 E. St. Road
West Chester, PA 19382
(484) 315-4831

Soups are prepared fresh every day at Shoo Mama’s Farm Fresh Cafe at the Commons in the Thornbury Shopping Center, and all the soups here are gluten-free. Typical cold-weather selections include Chipotle Turkey Chili, Creamy Mushroom and about 25 other soup offerings. In the fall, sample the Chicken Corn Chowder, Apple Bisque and butternut squash soups. All of the ingredients are grown at local farms.

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