Cheap Eats: Hearty soups

CorrespondentJanuary 24, 2013 

Tired of winter? Grab a spoon and tuck into these hearty meal-in-a-bowl soups, and you won’t care what the groundhog sees.

El Cuscatleco

4212 Garrett Road, Durham


Cuisine: Salvadoran, Mexican

Soups: mariscada (Salvadoran seafood soup in a mild, creamy tomato broth); also sopa de rez (beef rib), modongo (beef tripe) and sopa de camarones (shrimp in the shell).


1600-107 Ronald Drive, Raleigh


Cuisine: Mexican

Soup: birria (spicy goat stew) is the specialty (and my favorite); seven other meal-in-a-bowl soups range from pollo to pescado to pozole (pork and hominy).

Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse

5410-Y Highway 55, Durham


Cuisine: Cajun/Creole

Soups: Roadhouse gumbo (pork, chicken and andouille sausage); keep your eye peeled for other gumbos offered as seasonal specials.

Tom Yum Thai

685 Cary Towne Blvd., Cary


Soups: Yen-ta-fo is a delightful Thai noodle soup with fish balls, pork and watercress in a spicy broth; other variations include beef, duck and Tom Yum (ground pork and fish balls in chicken broth punctuated with lime, chiles and crushed peanuts).


3177 Capital Blvd., Raleigh


Cuisine: Mexican

Soups: Four variations on the Mexican seafood soup theme, including my favorite, Siete Mares (mixed seafood).

Vit Goal Tofu

2107 Allendown Drive, Durham


Cuisine: Korean

Soups: A dozen variations on Korean tofu soup (delivered furiously boiling in a hot stone bowl) from vegetable dumpling to mixed seafood; I’m partial to the kimchee beef.

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