6 places to warm up with a delicious bowl of soup in Birmingham

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The hustle and bustle of Urban Standard, one of Birmingham’s coolest cafes and a great place to get soup. Photo via Urban Standard

It’s been a rainy, chilly winter so far, and it’s looking like we’ll have a little more rain before we get clear, sunny days in Birmingham. The best way to combat the drizzly, gloomy weather? A bowl of nice warm soup, of course!

Urban Standard

Curried sweet potato garnished with roasted chickpeas, coconut cream, and green onions. Photo via Urban Standard

Urban Standard is located on 2nd Avenue North and it is one of Birmingham’s coolest cafes. In addition to a wide selection of coffee and tea drinks as well as beer and wine, they have a fantastic menu featuring pastries and sweets alongside veggie burgers, reuben sandwiches, salads and of course, soups. Their soup changes daily, so check their Instagram account for updates. They offer menu items that cater to many different diets as well — I recently had a gluten free chicken noodle soup there that was some of the best I’ve ever had, and the soup featured above is both vegan and gluten free!

brick & tin

The brisket sandwich with tomato soup at brick & tin. Photo via yelp

At brick & tin, you’ll find a delicious menu featuring soup, salads and sandwiches. According to one yelp user, this combo (the brisket sandwich with tomato soup), is “life changing.” Tomato soup is a personal favorite of mine, and I can say that brick & tin’s is absolutely delicious. They also have butternut squash and mushroom soups.

Birmingham Breadworks

Tuscan white bean soup with a hunk of fresh bread from Birmingham Breadworks. Photo via Birmingham Breadworks

Birmingham Breadworks has a rotating menu of soups. For example, while they always have tomato soup on the menu, they have soup specials each day. When you pair any soup with a hunk of their fresh, delicious bread, nothing can go wrong. According to their note accompanying this photo of Tuscan White Bean soup, it was a fan fave!

“You asked, we listened: Tuscan White Bean soup.”

Birmingham Breadworks

Chez Lulu

French Onion soup at European cafe Chez Lulu in Birmingham. Photo via Chez Lulu

Chez Lulu is a charming European-style eatery, so it was no surprise that one of their best-selling soups is the classic french onion soup! Their soup selections also depend on which you day you go, so you’ll have to check the menu specials board to find out what they’ve got in rotation for you that day. Some of their other soup offerings include mushroom and peasant garlic. The soup is served with toasted bread, and you can’t go wrong no matter which soup you pick!

Urban Cookhouse

Cream of Broccoli soup from Urban Cookhouse. Photo via Urban Cookhouse

Urban Cookhouse has multiple locations in Birmingham. They are known for being a fast-casual dining spot that offers a lot of healthy options using local ingredients. One of their bestselling soups is their cream of broccoli, pictured above. This broccoli soup isn’t loaded down with cheese or potatoes, just broccoli and cream with seasonings. It is absolutely delicious! They also have a roasted red pepper soup that gets great reviews. You can get their soups as your meal or as a side dish, and you can even pick them up in the prepared case to go!

Crestwood Coffee Company

Roasted tomato soup with goat cheese and croutons at Crestwood Coffee Company. Photo via Crestwood Coffee Company

Crestwood Coffee Company offers soups that you can order with their coffee and tea, or with wine for a lunch or dinner meal! They have inventive soups, like their Beer Cheese Soup with Popcorn and Mustard Seeds, Coconut Lentil soup, or this Roasted Tomato soup with Goat Cheese and Rye Croutons pictured above. Stop by for the cozy atmosphere and a great bowl of soup!

Where is your favorite place to get soup in Birmingham? I’d love to know! Email me: lauren@bhamnow.com

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