Hours: Lunch, Dinner: Monday-Saturday
New cafe serving nine rotating house-made soups per day.
Bucktown Soup Cafe, not surprisingly, serves soup. And that's pretty much all it serves. Nine kinds, including two or three vegetarian options, are available daily from an extensive rotating menu; ingredients are seasonally focused, and on my last visit sweet corn was featured in several of the choices. Owner Dino Agudo, who's usually behind the counter, will offer suggestions and cheerfully let you taste as many kinds as you want. All the ones I tried--including a crab and sweet corn bisque, tomato with cheese, vegetable, and "jumbolaya" (a spicy cross between gumbo and jambalaya loaded with mussels, shrimp, sausage, chicken, and okra)--were excellent. Besides soup, there's soda, bottled water, and apple juice; rich crumbly butter cookies from Butter Bella; and a freezer case of Haagen Dazs ice cream treats. While I admire the austerity of the menu, I'd love to see a few kinds of good rolls or other bread added to it. The small piece of Red Hen bread that comes with each order of soup is good, but it wasn't quite enough for me. There's a small dining area with space for a grand total of 16 people, but the soup is served in to-go containers with plastic spoons even if you're dining in.
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