Ladies and gentlemen, hold on to your flip-flops and grab a cozy blanket because it’s officially freezing in the Sunshine State — even the palm trees are shivering. Hailing from St.Louis, I am no stranger to the cold, below freezing temperatures, but that doesn’t mean I like them! The silver lining? It makes soup season all that more enjoyable. There’s no embrace quite like the one of a steamy, hot bowl of soup. Here’s several of my favorites in Pensacola.
On first mention, you might think homestyle breakfast when this bright Pensacola Beach breakfast cafe is suggested, but little did you know, Mama Joyce has been serving her family recipe soup specials since inception. Varying week to week, you will be tempted with the feel-good classics like Chicken & Veggie, Turkey Noodle, Beef & Barley, Split Pea with Ham, Gumbo and vegan options like Black Bean & White Bean. Mama Joyce & Native Cafe have the cure-all when it comes to cold-weather blues.
Another Pensacola classic that has been around for ages! The New Yorker Deli and Pizzeria first opened its doors in 1991 and is a locally owned and operated business. Each week they have rotating soup specials to compliment their everyday soups like Cream of Potato, Turkey Rice, Chili and Cold Gazpacho. We’ll have one of each please!
Nothing warms your belly and soul quite like a steamy bowl of ramen noodles. Bluefin Poke located in The Garden in downtown Pensacola is typically known for their poke bowls, but this time of year the word of the street is it’s all about the ramen! Cozy up under their heaters and warm yourself from the inside out.
This traditional Vietnamese Pho is bursting with flavors and the bowl is big enough to take some home for lunch the next day. I absolutely love pho and Basil and Sprout does it right. Top it with their fresh chopped jalepeños and you might forget it’s below freezing outside.
It’s no secret that The Farm is the place to go for fresh, farm-picked produce and friendly faces, especially on a Green Bucket Sunday. So what (or who in this case) is their best kept secret? Chef Matthew Brown. Master of all things cuisine and soup extraordinaire. Snag one of his Black Garlic Mushroom Gouda Soups or Smoked Poblano Soup and cozy up on the couch for a soul-warming night in.
Quite possibly the best Tom Yum soup I have ever had, and I have been to Thailand! It’s that good. Tom Yum soup features a fragrant broth infused with lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, ginger and chili peppers. The blend of spicy, sour and savory will have you savoring every last drop. This Gulf Breeze spot serves Lao Food, Thai Food, Sushi and Boba. Dine in if you want, but their walk-up counter makes it super easy to take your culinary delights home to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
Lucy’s will make you feel right at home from the second you walk in. Located in the heart of downtown Pensacola, they are typically known for their tacos, flatbreads, sangria and beautiful patio, but do not sleep on the soup. Their Tomato + Roasted Red Pepper soup lives on the menu, but this time of year they are often whipping up soup of the moment specials like Smokey Bacon and Asparagus, to die for!
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