The best winter warm-up is a steaming bowl of soup. From classic chicken noodle to Mediterranean avgolemono to pho, you can find it all in Surf City USA®. Our restaurants layer spices and aromatics to create incredible flavor profiles that explode on your palate with every sip and slurp. And with ingredients ranging from farm-fresh produce to tender morsels of meat, soup can be an incredibly complex accompaniment to any meal.
So where can you get the best soup in Huntington Beach? Here are 10 of our favorite bowls around town.
Jan's Health BarBack to Top of List
This downtown eatery is great for grab-and-go soups, with a fresh selection that rotates regularly. While weekly soup offerings like black bean and chicken noodle pair well with the array of healthy salads and wraps, a customer favorite is the creamy broccoli and cheddar. Order the surf shop special to enjoy it with a half-sandwich, side salad and Have’a chips.
Ola Mexican KitchenBack to Top of List
Sip your soup with a view at this Pacific City Mexican kitchen. The blackened chicken tortilla soup is world-class, with a generous portion of thick, homemade broth topped with a crispy chicken taquito. It’s great on its own for lunch — with a signature margarita, of course — or add two tacos for dinner, such as the carne asada or battered Baja fish with chile lime aioli.
Sessions West Coast DeliBack to Top of List
Soup and sandwiches go hand in hand, so don’t miss out at this Pacific Coast Highway shop that has some of the best artisanal offerings in Orange County. Sessions’ creamy tomato soup is a must to pair with the Summer Zephyr sandwich. Topped with croutons and a dash of parmesan, it also has a garnish of basil pesto for an added boost of flavor.
Mama's on 39Back to Top of List
Throw it back to childhood with a bowl of homemade tomato basil bisque at Mama’s served with a classic grilled cheese on sourdough. If tomato isn’t your cup of soup, the chicken posole is a solid starter. The flavors of hominy and peppers form an irresistible combination, perfect for pairing with Mama’s “fancy” salad as a combo plate.
Heirloom a Modern FarmhouseBack to Top of List
On Beach Boulevard, you’ll find the best cup of French onion soup around. The scratch kitchen offers a bubbling crock of thick, aged gruyere broiled atop a flavorful beef broth to go with entrees like short rib bourguignon. A close runner-up is the mushroom veloute, an earthy soup with a velvety finish — pair it with scallop provencal and a glass of wine for the perfect way to warm up on a chilly night.
Olive Pit GrillBack to Top of List
What better way to enjoy a Mediterranean delicacy than from a Greek chef who learned how to cook from his mother and grandmother? Try chef Yianni's avgolemono soup at the restaurant up on Bolsa Chica Street. It's a fragrant bowl of lemon, chicken and rice, with the simple ingredients creating a silky sip that can accompany small plates like the dolmades or feta fries.
Phans55Back to Top of List
The slow-simmered Vietnamese soup is an art form perfected at Phans55 in Pacific City. Enjoy four different cuts of beef (thinly sliced, meatball, filet mignon brisket) in a 12-hour broth with rice noodles. Served with red and green onions, cilantro and Thai basil, it's an aromatic bowl that's decadent in its simplicity.
Bear Flag Fish Co.Back to Top of List
Seafood lovers, this one's for you. The clam chowder at this counter-service eatery inside Pacific City's Lot 579 is out of this world. Though it's tempting to stick with fresh tuna and salmon poke, the chowder is a rich and satisfying comfort food served with bread on the side for dipping.
Silverlake RamenBack to Top of List
Bella Terra's ramen shop has a cult following in California. The classic pork broth is good enough to drink on its own, but when the creamy liquid gold is paired with tender meat and ramen it's unrivaled. This popular Japanese noodle soup is finished with an array of toppings adding texture and flavor, including crunchy bean sprouts, green onion, black garlic oil and a seasoned boiled egg.
Good Vibes Plant Based Bar + KitchenBack to Top of List
For a vegan bowl of soup, this Main Street restaurant is a go-to in the downtown area. Try the spicy dumpling ramen, a local favorite with a medium heat that's not too overwhelming. Served tantanmen style, the savory broth blends the flavors of peanut sauce, chili oil, garlic and ginger to create a mouthwatering base for chewy noodles and steamed plant-based dumplings.