5 hearty Birmingham soups to warm you up

Baby, it’s cold outside. If the first week of 2018 is any indication, Birmingham is in for a chilly few months. But with those cold winter nights comes the opportunity for some delicious comfort food to warm the soul. That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite soups from Birmingham area restaurants to keep you and your family warm (and full) this winter season.

Tomato Basil Soup and Classic Grilled Cheese – MELT Avondale
Tomato Basil Soup and Classic Grilled Cheese

MELT in Avondale is famously known for their delicious, cheesy sandwiches and hip, laid back atmosphere. Perhaps less known, but equally as impressive, is their tomato basil soup, which can be ordered in a cup or bowl. This homemade soup is certain to keep your body warm and your soul happy. Pair with their Classic Grilled Cheese for a hearty, delicious meal.

MELT Avondale is located at 4105 4th Ave S, Birmingham, AL.

Peasant’s Garlic Soup – Chez Lulu
Peasant’s Garlic Soup

Chez Lulu’s cozy atmosphere is reminiscent of a quaint bistro deep in the streets of France. The restaurant was created by chef Carole Griffin, who also owns the adjacent Continental Bakery. Griffin created Chez Lulu to share her love for French artisan breads and cuisine with the Birmingham community.

Their Peasant’s Garlic soup is delicious alongside one of their incredible sandwiches (the ham panini is my favorite), or as a meal on its own. It is rich in flavor, with peppery undertones, and is a delicious way to warm yourself up.

Chez Lulu is located at 1909 Cahaba Rd., Birmingham, AL.

Butternut Squash – Brick & Tin
Butternut Squash Soup

Brick & Tin is a restaurant that uses locally grown produce and meats in their dishes, and you can certainly taste that freshness in their delicious butternut squash soup. This soup is rich and creamy, and everything that a soul-warming winter soup should be.

Brick & Tin has two locations: 2901 Cahaba Road (Mountain Brook) and 214 20th Street North (Downtown).

Taco Soup – Steel City Soups
Taco Soup

Steel City Soups, a local homemade soup  business, was created by Birmingham-Southern College students Steven Barber, Shaylyn Davis, Sarah Light, and Angela Petulla as part of their senior business capstone project. They offer a traveling hot bar that will be set up at various Birmingham businesses and events throughout the month of January. They also offer a delivery option for ready to heat and eat soups. To see their full line up of delicious homemade soups, and to order, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/steelcitysoups/

Roasted Red Pepper Soup – Urban Cookhouse
Roasted Red Pepper Soup – via www.yelp.com

While not exclusive to Birmingham, Urban Cookhouse originated in Homewood in 2010. Their mission of “Buy Local, Eat Urban” has expanded into 13 locations across the Southeast, with 4 locations in the Birmingham area. You can absolutely taste the freshness in their roasted red pepper soup, a rich and spicy soup full of delicious veggies and robust flavor. Call ahead and pick up in their drive-thru for a quick and easy meal that will leave everyone happy and warm.

Urban Cookhouse has 4 locations in the Birmingham area:

The Summit: 250 Summit Blvd Suite 10

Homewood: 1920 29th Avenue South

Downtown: 1801 5th Ave North

Crestline: 212 Country Club Park

Do you have a favorite soup in Birmingham?  Let us know!