Food & Drink

Where to Get Soup in Portland for Fall 2021

Ramen, Pozole, and More
October 12, 2021
Elephants Delicatessen's comforting tomato orange soup has been a Portland classic for decades. (Elephants Delicatessen)

The thermostat has dipped and rainy fall weather is upon us, which can only mean one thing: It's soup season. As all Pacific Northwesterners know, one of the best ways to survive the dreary cold is to curl up with a steaming bowl of something hot and comforting, preferably with some crusty bread on the side for dipping. Below, we've gathered a selection of life-giving broths and stews that will have you muttering "Good soup" to yourself. For more ideas, check out our food and drink guide.

Afuri / Afuri Ramen + Dumpling
This much-buzzed-about Tokyo ramen chain has locations in Beaverton, Buckman, and Old Town-Chinatown and plans to open a location in Slabtown in early spring 2022. The spot is famous for its specialty, a bright, well-balanced yuzu shio ramen, but its creamy sesame tantanmen, available with a rich tonkotsu or vegan hazelnut broth, is equally worth a try.
Beaverton, Buckman, Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in


Baker & Spice
Warm up with a bowl of minestrone and a side of crusty bread from this charming bakery.
Hillsdale
Pickup

Dan & Lewis Oyster Bar
This famed seafood standby is known for its clam chowder, cioppino, and seafood stew.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

DC Vegetarian
This vegan joint is slinging a comforting African peanut soup made with onions, bell peppers, kale, chickpeas, and roasted peanuts.
Richmond
Pickup, delivery

Elephants Delicatessen
The beloved deli's signature tomato orange soup has been a fan favorite for nearly four decades. As they write on their blog, "People claim it has magical healing powers or that even a taste of it brings back childhood memories. It just tastes like Portland for generations of folks." (They've helpfully posted the recipe in case you want to recreate it on your own at home.) Their "Mama Leone's chicken soup" is also a dependable staple.
Various locations
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Happy Lamb Hot Pot
The longstanding Chinese tradition of hot pot—communal dining in which diners share the responsibility and pleasure of cooking meats and veggies in a bubbling cauldron of broth—is especially fun (and accessible) at this international chain formerly known as Little Sheep. The selection of ingredients is vast, and the all-you-can-eat option includes unlimited refills of the excellent house-made broths.
Beaverton
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Hat Yai
Hat Yai's rich, meaty oxtail soup, made with lemongrass, Thai chili, Chinese celery, and tomato and served with jasmine rice, is cold-weather perfection in a bowl. It's available at the restaurant's Killingsworth location only.
Killingsworth
Pickup, delivery, dine-in 

Kayo's Ramen Bar
Soothe your soul with a bowl of this authentic ramen bar's signature tan tan (a Japanese take on dan-dan noodles, a spicy, creamy Sichuan specialty), or any of their other ramen dishes.
Boise
Dine-in

Kenny's Noodle House
This Chinese noodle house offers an abundance of soups that won't break the bank, including wonton noodle soup, beef brisket noodle soup, and many more.
Powellhurst-Gilbert
Pickup, dine-in

Langbaan
The acclaimed Thai restaurant is serving gai tom kamin (a chicken stew with turmeric) made with roasted chicken roulade, shimeji mushrooms, shallots, and cherry tomatoes in turmeric broth.
Kerns
Dine-in

La Parrilla Kitchen
This Mexican spot offers hearty pozole and caldo de camarones (Mexican shrimp soup).

Madison
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Mitate
The vegan and gluten-free sushi truck's miso soup is special: It's made with house-made vegetable stock and dashi, Jorinji Miso, green onions, wakame seaweed, Ota Tofu, mushrooms, and konnyaku.
Lents
Pickup, dine-in

Mugen Noodle Bar
Have your very own Tampopo moment with a bowl of steaming ramen from this family-owned noodle bar, which specializes in tori paitan broth (similar to a chicken-based version of the popular creamy pork broth tonkotsu).
Tigard
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Nak Won
Beaverton is home to many excellent Korean restaurants, but this hole in the wall, beloved for its complimentary banchan and generous portions, is consistently named as a standout. For extra comfort, try the satisfying "Saving Private Ryan Canned Goods" military stew (a Korean soup with Spam, sausage, bacon, ramen, tofu, and vegetables), the fiery red kimchi stew, sundubu jjigae, beef bone broth soup, spicy seafood noodle stew, or the "Comfort Buttercup" (beef rib soup).
Beaverton
Pickup, delivery

Portland Kettle
This counter-service cafe is on a mission to "nourish Portland one home-cooked meal at a time" and does just that with dishes like chicken noodle soup, chili, and gumbo.
Southwest
Pickup, delivery

Rose VL and Ha VL
Former Portland Mercury restaurant critic Andrea Damewood calls these sister restaurants "definitively the best places to eat soup in Portland." She writes, "James Beard-nominated Rose VL throws down the three best soups on its menu each Saturday: the super rare cao lau, a memorable Mi Quang, and a chicken curry noodle that won’t quit. Cao lau, which is technically dry noodles served with a side of broth, is shamefully unheard of in the US; because this specialty from the central Vietnam city of Hoi An heaps crispy pork bites, crackers, chicken, and all the fresh herbs over tapioca noodles for a truly wonderful bite. The turmeric noodles and curry noodle are also served at Ha VL, but you should just go to Rose VL every Saturday for the rest of your life." She also recommends the crabflake noodle soup at Ha VL, writing, "If you haven’t been to Ha VL, start with this unusual thick-brothed baby filled with udon-thick rice noodles, crab flakes, straw mushrooms, quail eggs, shrimp, and shredded pork meatloaf. It’s among their finest soups, and certainly one you won’t find anywhere else (other than Rose VL on Thursdays)."
Foster-Powell, Jade District
Pickup, delivery, dine-in

Seasons & Regions
The Northwest seafood grill has soups to suit a variety of cravings, including curried blue Hubbard squash and Asian pear soup, "therapeutic chicken and vegetable soup," applewood smoked salmon, and tomato basil bisque.
Multnomah Village
Pickup, delivery

Stone Soup PDX
This nonprofit launched in 2019 provides food service employment training to people at risk of homelessness. They're currently serving frozen soups to-go, with varieties like beef chili, "New York penicillin" (scratch-made chicken noodle soup), curried squash soup, creamy potato leek soup, and vegan pozole, so you can stock your freezer for fall and winter and feel good knowing you're supporting a worthy cause.
Old Town-Chinatown
Pickup

Tails & Trotters
The pork purveyor and sandwich counter is currently serving a seasonal pozole, which they say is one of their most popular soups.
Kerns
Pickup, delivery