Chef Scott will continue his Heartland 101 cooking classes in 2012! In honor of National Soup Month, warm up with Chef Scott Walton as he demos his favorite soups with mini sandwich dippers (and cocktails) on Wednesday, January 11 at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $45 per person. Call 312.224.2200 to reserve your spot now!
ronnie_suburban wrote:One soup I love is split pea but I no longer have a go-to place for it, so if anyone can recommend a good one, I'd really appreciate it. I usually end up making it myself.
RobK wrote:Stormy's (formerly Seul's) in Northfield seems to carryover the pretty good daily soups of their predecessor. Haven't had one at either incarnation that I was disappointed with. I've liked the soups from Eat A Pita by Halsted and Belmont for years. Always part of any meal I get from there. They feature one cream-based and on broth-based soup each day. The Split Pea and Clam Chowder are my favorites.
I'm extremely biased, but if you are ever in La Grange, try the avgolemono at Grapevine.
I've had it all over—Greek Isles, Costa's, Pegasus, other local joints—and while they vary from average to very good, Grapevine's is so distinctly different. It's not the customary white but instead bright yellow, creamy, extremely lemony and peppery, with large chunks of chicken mixed in. It is anything but traditional and it's anything but bland.
The owners are Greek (mom and pop in their sixties) and the soup is homemade from her recipe every day. I've tried to get her secret many times but failed. I think it has something to do with adding lemon rinds in the broth. The flavor has not changed even slightly in the 15 years I've been going there. Very consistent.
9 West Hillgrove Ave.
La Grange, IL 60525
I was in the neighborhood of Stormy's on Friday and I have to agree. The clam chowder was clearly house made and delicious. It wasn't overly thickened by corn starch as seems to often be the case and there was a subtle, but welcome, hit of heat from some cayenne pepper.
ronnie_suburban wrote:Another soup I love is the revithia soupa (chickpea soup) at Avli Estiatorio in Winnetka. Again, I'm not sure if that's always on or not.