January is National Soup Month, which seems to be a bit of a no brainer, since winter and soup go hand-in-hand. And, since Des Moines seems to be so good at delivering us nice cold winters, of course it’s going to be great at bringing us nice hot soups! Here are a few “souper” spots to check out around town.
General Store Eatery
Valley Junction • 206 5th Street • West Des Moines, IA 50265 • (515) 279-6828 • http://thegeneralstoreeatery.com/
Hearty soups are served up to hungry patrons starting at 11:00 am at the General Store Eatery in Valley Junction. Each day brings a different homemade soup du jour; go on Mondays for their famed Cheeseburger Soup. Everything on the menu tastes like something your grandma would make and a cup of soup will run you $3.95 and a bowl $4.75. If you don’t feel like dining in, you can get a frozen quart of soup to go.
Gateway Market and Café
2002 Woodland Avenue • Des Moines, IA 50312 • (515) 243-1754 • https://gatewaymarket.com/
Unleash your inner Earth mama and head on down to Gateway Market and Café. Their healthy, hearty and organic menu will leave you satisfied and quite pleased. Two homemade soups are offered every day, Chicken Corn Tortilla and Veggie Chili (vegan), and they have at least one vegetarian or vegan option each day. Chicken Noodle, Tuscan White Bean, Veggie Tortellini, Pepper Jack Potato, Tomato Basil Bisque and Clam Chowder are all in rotation. Grab a bowl and sop up the goodness with a hunk of South Union Garlic Focaccia. And, don’t forget – on Tuesdays, kids eat FREE after 4:00 pm!
Krunkwich Ramen House
621 Des Moines Street • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 867-3674 • http://krunkwich.com/
Krunkwich Ramen House is Iowa’s first restaurant dedicated to the art of Japanese and fusion ramen and Chef Larry Nguyen fills the place full of soups worth guzzling. The Krunkwich Ramen is a favorite with chicken tare, pork belly and pulled pork. All ramen is served with nori, green onion and a fish cake. You can also add an egg if you like. While you’re there be sure to try their tater tots tossed with KrunkSpice and topped with a house made MisoWhiz. There are even vegan style KrunkTots on the menu.
Reising Sun Café
107 2nd Street • Polk City, IA 50226 • (515) 984-9061 • https://www.facebook.com/reisingsuncafe/
Nestled in Polk City is the cozy Reising Sun Café, a favorite local spot for both breakfast and lunch. This little Cafe is also well known for their tasty soups, including; Chili, Cheeseburger, Tomato Bisque, Ham and Bean, Potato and Chicken and Rice. All should be right up your alley, if you’re in the mood for some serious comfort food. But be warned, you may just want to curl up with a blanket at your table because after this meal, you will feel right at home.
Scenic Route Bakery
350 E Locust Street Suite 104 • Des Moines, IA 50309 • (515) 288-0004 • http://scenicroutebakerydsm.com/
This popular downtown coffee shop and bakery is so much more than lattes, croissants and muffins. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!!!) Be sure to try one of their homemade soups of the day including Coconut Curry Squash, Creamy Tomato Basil, Creamy Roasted Cauliflower, Chicken Tortilla, Carrot Garlic and more. The soups change seasonally and will make your day a little warmer no matter the time of year. Don’t forget the crusty yet chewy grilled housemade bread that’s included with your bowl of soup. They are a bakery after all!
Where do you go to get your soup on, when you need a winter warm up in Des Moines? Let us know!