By Hilary Burg
As the temperatures begin to drop and the snow starts blowing in, meals become not only an opportunity to fill up, but also a chance to warm up! And there is no food better suited for the job than soup.
Good for the body, and for the soul, a warm bowl of soup may be the world’s best way to shake off that winter chill. No stranger to the cold, Wisconsin knows the importance of relaxing and recharging with a hot meal, and is home to some of the best soup spots out there. Here are some of our favorites!
For a taste of one of Wisconsin’s staple soups, stop by The Rumpus Room in Milwaukee and have a bowl of rich, creamy Beer Cheese Soup.
Made with Carr Valley Cheese cheddar and Weiss beer, this savory soup is topped with spiced popcorn for a classic crunch. Add a topping of brown sugar bacon for some extra zing!
The Tornado Steakhouse in Madison is known for their award-winning food and cozy supper club atmosphere. Offering dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. nightly, Tornado serves up perfectly portioned steaks, seafood and poultry.
Pair your meal with a bowl of steaming French Onion Soup – a flavorful broth base topped with melting cheese and soft bread. A supper club tradition, this soup is an ideal addition to an undoubtedly delicious evening meal.
La Crosse locals head to Pickerman’s to satisfy their search for hearty, tasty soups. This quaint café offers a range of flavors that change daily, with choices like Classic Chuckwagon Chili, 5-Star Mushroom, Spring Asparagus and Potato Cheddar.
Want to make it a meal? Enjoy your soup with one of Pickerman’s many sandwich options, all of which are served on their signature bread – baked fresh daily from a secret family recipe!
The Summer Kitchen in Ephraim proudly prepares at least five different homemade soups daily. With their rotating flavors available on a soup bar, diners can choose a single cup, a bowl or a Taster’s cup – perfect for sampling as many flavors as you like!
Fan favorites include French Cabbage, Chicken and Dumpling, and Spicy Tomato and Dill, and all soups are served with a slice of freshly made bread.
Wisconsin’s dairy, produce and cattle farmers provide the ingredients for the unique, bold flavors in these deliciously natural soups. With recipes heavily influenced by what’s in season, Wisconsin Soup Company offers flavors such as Carrot and Ginger, Black Bean Habanero and Fresh Garden Gazpacho, which can be found at a number of local farmers markets year round.
The company also offers a selection of vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, in keeping with their mission of ensuring “no soup lover is ever left behind.”
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