As the Thanksgiving week rainstorm descends on the Bay Area, it’s hard to not think about all those rainy-day things we haven’t had the chance to do in months. And one of those things is to eat a hearty bowl of soup.
To take the work out of finding the best in the Bay Area, SF Chronicle restaurant critic Michael Bauer’s already done the legwork and found slurp-worthy soups. His 2014 list of favorite soups in the Bay Area has been refreshed for this year, with new additions from the food staff and the SFGATE team.
For those of you who know how to chop vegetables and simmer a stock – and have the patience for it – here are five soup recipes from local chefs to try. Who wants to go outside, anyway?
Recipes Hog Rocks’ Celery Root Soup With Apple, Peppercorn Chocolate Oil
Although Robin Song has left Hog Rocks to open his own restaurant, his soup that originated as a Valentine’s Day menu item is a new take on the dish – shown above – using pieces of bittersweet dark chocolate.
Bistro Jeanty’s Cream Of Tomato Soup With Puff Pastry
The puff pastry addition to this soup is a nice complement to the dish and is a classic Bistro Jeanty menu item.
Larkin Street’s Cabbage Rye Pork Soup
A thrifty, yet comforting, dish made by chef Daniel Patterson is a recipe he’s taught to kids at Larkin Street Youth Services
Foreign Cinema’s Chicken Soup
Chef Gayle Pirie shared the recipe for this broth that can serve as a delicious base for chicken soup and gives cooks the options of choosing their own vegetables and noodle additions.
A Cote’s Pappa Al Pomodoro (Tomato-Bread Soup)
The recipe for this tomato-bread soup will require a blender to get to the final product, but the trade-off is a simple recipe in which the ingredients are simply tossed together in a pan and oven-roasted.