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Overhead view of a bowl of a Thai noodle soup with ground pork, bean sprouts, crispy wonton strips, fish balls, and more. The bowl is pink and white with a rooster painted on it, and it sits on a plain white background.
Tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen
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18 Superb Soups Around Boston

As the days get colder, cozy up with a warm bowl of soup

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Tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen
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The temperatures are frigid, the sweaters are on, and it’s the perfect time to eat a whole lot of soup.

This map features 18 fantastic soups in and around Boston, from old standbys to buzzy new hotspots (and even a couple of dependable delivery options). Try them, fall in love with them, and return to them again and again when the weather is depressing (and even when it’s not).

Further reading: Want to focus solely on ramen? Find more info on the few listed here and more of Boston's best on this map. In the mood for chowder? Find the city’s greatest options here.

Note: This map was originally published on March 14, 2017; it is updated periodically, and the date of the most recent update appears above.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Sugidama Soba & Izakaya

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256 Elm St #105
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 764-5770
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Look for this Davis Square spot in the back of the courtyard by Starbucks, set back from Elm Street, and try one of the signature cold or hot soba dishes. The sukiyaki soba is a giant, hearty bowl of soup packed full of soba, pork, tofu, scallions, and a perfectly poached egg.

Sukiyaki soba at Sugidama Soba & Izakaya
Sukiyaki soba at Sugidama Soba & Izakaya
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2. Southern Kin Cookhouse

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500 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145
(617) 764-5966
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The broth-to-other-stuff ratio of the Frogmore stew at Southern Kin leans heavily in the other stuff direction, so you'll be out of luck if you're looking to guzzle gallons of the flavorful tomato-okra broth, but there are plenty of scallops, shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn to go around.

Overhead view of a white bowl full of sausage, pieces of corn on the cob, mussels, and shrimp
Frogmore stew at Southern Kin Cookhouse
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3. Dakzen

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195 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144
(617) 718-1759
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Feel the heat with the spicy tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen in Davis Square (not for the faint of heart). It’s funky, it’s fishy, it’s fiery, and it may make you cry. It’s also delicious. Pair with a Thai iced tea with lime, cha manao.

Soup in a Thai-style bowl decorated with a rooster. There are pink barbecue pork slices in the soup, as well as an egg, ground pork, ground peanuts, crispy wonton strips, and more. The bowl sits on a metal tray.
Tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen
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4. Sugar & Spice

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1933 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140
(617) 868-4200
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It's easy to enjoy Sugar & Spice's standard Thai-American dishes, but the real magic is found in the dishes that you can't eat at every other Thai restaurant in town. Enter guay jub, a soup featuring a five-spice soy broth that you'll want to drink on its own — but don't, because all the other ingredients are excellent as well. The complex broth is full of wide, flat rice noodles rolled into cigar-like shapes, as well as crispy pork, tofu, and an egg.

Guay jub at Sugar & Spice
Guay jub at Sugar & Spice
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5. Yume Ga Arukara

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1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

Yume Ga Arukara — younger sibling of ramen hotspot Yume Wo Katare — is hyper-focused on udon, serving just a hot and a cold version and nothing else, aside from occasional specials. Both are incredible, but in cold weather, you’ll probably want to go with the hot version, which is also substantially more brothy. (The cold version has a bit of broth, but the hot version is much more of a soup.) Hint: Get double beef. Hint 2: Yes, there will probably be a very long line; it will be worth it.

Udon (hot) at Yume Ga Arukara
Udon (hot) at Yume Ga Arukara
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6. Pho 'n Rice

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289 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 864-8888
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Vietnamese sweet-and-sour soup canh chua tends to get overshadowed by pho on menus and in punny restaurant names, so it's a little harder to find, but it's worth the search. Try the version at Pho 'n Rice in Somerville, a quiet little spot on Beacon Street that mostly focuses on takeout/delivery but does have space to dine in. You'll quickly fall in love with the tamarind broth filled with pineapple, basil, chicken, and more. Getting takeout or delivery? The broth will be packed separately from everything else, so don't worry about anything getting soggy.

Pho ‘n Rice canh chua, delivered
Pho ‘n Rice canh chua, delivered
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7. Juliet

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257 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 781-0958
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It's not always on the menu, but keep an eye out for Juliet's lovely French onion soup, topped with a cheesy baguette hunk and with another on the side (because let's be honest; you're going to devour that first one right away). In fact, you can't go wrong with any of Juliet's rotating soup options. A chicken and lemon soup isn’t unheard of, for example, and stracciatella alla romana ("Roman egg drop soup") has been known to make an appearance on the Sunday night pasta-focused menu.

French onion soup at Juliet
French onion soup at Juliet
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8. Buk Kyung

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9A Union Sq
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 623-7220
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Blink and you'll miss this homey Korean restaurant in Somerville's Union Square, and that would be a shame. The hearty soups and stews will get you through the coldest winter day, but don't be afraid to order them the rest of the year. Try the kimchi chigae: kimchi, pork, rice cakes, and sliced tofu in a slightly fiery broth. There's also a location in Allston.

Kimchi chigae at Buk Kyung Somerville
Kimchi chigae at Buk Kyung Somerville
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9. Branch Line

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321 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472
(617) 420-1900
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Too often, chicken gets a bad rap — or at least a neutral one — but when done right, it's irresistible, and Branch Line does it really right, from the star of the menu (the rotisserie chicken) to this simple bowl of chicken soup. This is the chicken soup of your dreams, the cure for what ails you, the missing piece of a dozen other idiomatic phrases. Even if you're getting chicken for the main course, which you should, don't you dare skip this soup. (Its composition changes occasionally; keep an eye out for the classic version with lemon, olives, and croutons, but any of its variations will do the trick.)

Rotisserie chicken soup at Branch Line
Rotisserie chicken soup at Branch Line
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10. Pagu

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310 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 945-9290
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Back in early 2012, Guchi's Midnight Ramen — a ramen pop-up generally taking place at midnight — began popping up around town. It was short-lived but well-loved, and now one of its founders, Tracy Chang, has her own restaurant, Pagu, where she thankfully offers Guchi's midnight ramen on the menu. The deeply satisfying soup includes pork belly, umami oil, and a six-minute egg. Relive the memories or try it for the first time.

Guchi’s midnight ramen at Pagu
Guchi’s midnight ramen at Pagu
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11. Mala Kungfu

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155 Brighton Av
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 208-8780
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Don’t miss this relatively new hot pot addition to Allston, located in the longtime Refuge Cafe space. Try a beef hot pot (the medium spice level does the trick) with a variety of mushrooms and other vegetables, plus noodles.

Hot pot at Mala Kungfu
Hot pot at Mala Kungfu
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12. Ruckus

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5 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111
(857) 305-3129
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Sibling to Shojo, Ruckus is a fun little Chinatown shop that features flavor-packed noodle and rice bowls. When you’re in the mood for soup, go for the “miso lit” ramen with a spicy miso broth, soy egg, ground pork, grilled corn, shaved nori, bean sprouts, and fiery “Ruckus paste.”

Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
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13. Sportello

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348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 737-1234
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An oldie but a goodie, Sportello's classic spicy tomato soup — topped with a taleggio and caraway crostini — is suitable for all seasons. Follow it up with a beautiful pasta dish and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen from your counter seat.

Spicy tomato soup at Sportello
Spicy tomato soup at Sportello
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14. Seoul Soulongtang

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1245 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA 02134
(617) 505-6771
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This Allston Korean restaurant’s tagline — “beef soup for the soul” — doesn’t lie. Go for the namesake item, the soulongtang, a nourishing ox bone broth with brisket, marrow, and noodles.

Soulongtang at Seoul Soulongtang
Soulongtang at Seoul Soulongtang
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15. Oak + Rowan

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321 A St
Boston, MA 02210
(857) 284-7742
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There’s lots to love at this Fort Point destination, which has a couple popular Newburyport siblings. Save room for Brian Mercury's impeccable desserts, but definitely fit the silky-smooth pork belly and clam chowder into your meal. It's an elegant take on a classic, and it'll probably ruin run-of-the-mill chowders for you forever, but it's a worthwhile chance to take.

Chowder at Oak + Rowan
Chowder at Oak + Rowan
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16. Eastern Standard

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528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 532-9100
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Kenmore Square mainstay Eastern Standard serves an extensive menu of gastropub fare — not to mention an extensive menu of cocktails. It’s all worth exploring, but don’t miss the French onion soup, which balances somewhere between classic pub-style and fancy. There’s enough melty cheese around the edges and browning on top to please die-hard French onion soup fans, but there’s also something a little bit extra-special about the savory broth.

French onion soup at Eastern Standard
French onion soup at Eastern Standard
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17. Bar Lyon

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1750 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 904-4020
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Is it forgivable to include yet another French onion soup on the map? South End newcomer Bar Lyon — a more casual sibling of Mistral, Ostra, and more — has a must-try version that serves as the perfect preface to an entree such as the bavette steak au poivre. Or, grab a bar seat and simply pair a bowl with a nice glass of a French red wine while forgetting about winter.

French onion soup at Bar Lyon
French onion soup at Bar Lyon
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18. Little Big Diner

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1247 Centre St
Newton, MA 02459
(857) 404-0068
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Little Big Diner is — as part of the name suggests — little. As for the "big"? The flavors. Try one of the noodle-filled soups, such as this spicy miso ramen with pork, an egg, bean sprouts, sweet corn, scallions, nori, and mayu (black garlic oil) with optional add-ons such as a butter cube, smoked honey corn, or a “wicked hot bomb.”

Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner
Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner
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1. Sugidama Soba & Izakaya

256 Elm St #105, Somerville, MA 02144
Sukiyaki soba at Sugidama Soba & Izakaya
Sukiyaki soba at Sugidama Soba & Izakaya
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Look for this Davis Square spot in the back of the courtyard by Starbucks, set back from Elm Street, and try one of the signature cold or hot soba dishes. The sukiyaki soba is a giant, hearty bowl of soup packed full of soba, pork, tofu, scallions, and a perfectly poached egg.

256 Elm St #105
Somerville, MA 02144

2. Southern Kin Cookhouse

500 Assembly Row, Somerville, MA 02145
Overhead view of a white bowl full of sausage, pieces of corn on the cob, mussels, and shrimp
Frogmore stew at Southern Kin Cookhouse
Southern Kin [Official Photo]

The broth-to-other-stuff ratio of the Frogmore stew at Southern Kin leans heavily in the other stuff direction, so you'll be out of luck if you're looking to guzzle gallons of the flavorful tomato-okra broth, but there are plenty of scallops, shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, potatoes, and corn to go around.

500 Assembly Row
Somerville, MA 02145

3. Dakzen

195 Elm St, Somerville, MA 02144
Soup in a Thai-style bowl decorated with a rooster. There are pink barbecue pork slices in the soup, as well as an egg, ground pork, ground peanuts, crispy wonton strips, and more. The bowl sits on a metal tray.
Tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Feel the heat with the spicy tom yum noodle soup at Dakzen in Davis Square (not for the faint of heart). It’s funky, it’s fishy, it’s fiery, and it may make you cry. It’s also delicious. Pair with a Thai iced tea with lime, cha manao.

195 Elm St
Somerville, MA 02144

4. Sugar & Spice

1933 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Guay jub at Sugar & Spice
Guay jub at Sugar & Spice
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

It's easy to enjoy Sugar & Spice's standard Thai-American dishes, but the real magic is found in the dishes that you can't eat at every other Thai restaurant in town. Enter guay jub, a soup featuring a five-spice soy broth that you'll want to drink on its own — but don't, because all the other ingredients are excellent as well. The complex broth is full of wide, flat rice noodles rolled into cigar-like shapes, as well as crispy pork, tofu, and an egg.

1933 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

5. Yume Ga Arukara

1815 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA 02140
Udon (hot) at Yume Ga Arukara
Udon (hot) at Yume Ga Arukara
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Yume Ga Arukara — younger sibling of ramen hotspot Yume Wo Katare — is hyper-focused on udon, serving just a hot and a cold version and nothing else, aside from occasional specials. Both are incredible, but in cold weather, you’ll probably want to go with the hot version, which is also substantially more brothy. (The cold version has a bit of broth, but the hot version is much more of a soup.) Hint: Get double beef. Hint 2: Yes, there will probably be a very long line; it will be worth it.

1815 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

6. Pho 'n Rice

289 Beacon St, Somerville, MA 02143
Pho ‘n Rice canh chua, delivered
Pho ‘n Rice canh chua, delivered
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Vietnamese sweet-and-sour soup canh chua tends to get overshadowed by pho on menus and in punny restaurant names, so it's a little harder to find, but it's worth the search. Try the version at Pho 'n Rice in Somerville, a quiet little spot on Beacon Street that mostly focuses on takeout/delivery but does have space to dine in. You'll quickly fall in love with the tamarind broth filled with pineapple, basil, chicken, and more. Getting takeout or delivery? The broth will be packed separately from everything else, so don't worry about anything getting soggy.

289 Beacon St
Somerville, MA 02143

7. Juliet

257 Washington St, Somerville, MA 02143
French onion soup at Juliet
French onion soup at Juliet
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

It's not always on the menu, but keep an eye out for Juliet's lovely French onion soup, topped with a cheesy baguette hunk and with another on the side (because let's be honest; you're going to devour that first one right away). In fact, you can't go wrong with any of Juliet's rotating soup options. A chicken and lemon soup isn’t unheard of, for example, and stracciatella alla romana ("Roman egg drop soup") has been known to make an appearance on the Sunday night pasta-focused menu.

257 Washington St
Somerville, MA 02143

8. Buk Kyung

9A Union Sq, Somerville, MA 02143
Kimchi chigae at Buk Kyung Somerville
Kimchi chigae at Buk Kyung Somerville
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Blink and you'll miss this homey Korean restaurant in Somerville's Union Square, and that would be a shame. The hearty soups and stews will get you through the coldest winter day, but don't be afraid to order them the rest of the year. Try the kimchi chigae: kimchi, pork, rice cakes, and sliced tofu in a slightly fiery broth. There's also a location in Allston.

9A Union Sq
Somerville, MA 02143

9. Branch Line

321 Arsenal St, Watertown, MA 02472
Rotisserie chicken soup at Branch Line
Rotisserie chicken soup at Branch Line
Fawn DeViney/Branch Line

Too often, chicken gets a bad rap — or at least a neutral one — but when done right, it's irresistible, and Branch Line does it really right, from the star of the menu (the rotisserie chicken) to this simple bowl of chicken soup. This is the chicken soup of your dreams, the cure for what ails you, the missing piece of a dozen other idiomatic phrases. Even if you're getting chicken for the main course, which you should, don't you dare skip this soup. (Its composition changes occasionally; keep an eye out for the classic version with lemon, olives, and croutons, but any of its variations will do the trick.)

321 Arsenal St
Watertown, MA 02472

10. Pagu

310 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
Guchi’s midnight ramen at Pagu
Guchi’s midnight ramen at Pagu
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Back in early 2012, Guchi's Midnight Ramen — a ramen pop-up generally taking place at midnight — began popping up around town. It was short-lived but well-loved, and now one of its founders, Tracy Chang, has her own restaurant, Pagu, where she thankfully offers Guchi's midnight ramen on the menu. The deeply satisfying soup includes pork belly, umami oil, and a six-minute egg. Relive the memories or try it for the first time.

310 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139

11. Mala Kungfu

155 Brighton Av, Allston, MA 02134
Hot pot at Mala Kungfu
Hot pot at Mala Kungfu
Eileen Y./Yelp

Don’t miss this relatively new hot pot addition to Allston, located in the longtime Refuge Cafe space. Try a beef hot pot (the medium spice level does the trick) with a variety of mushrooms and other vegetables, plus noodles.

155 Brighton Av
Allston, MA 02134

12. Ruckus

5 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111
Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
Spicy miso ramen at Ruckus
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Sibling to Shojo, Ruckus is a fun little Chinatown shop that features flavor-packed noodle and rice bowls. When you’re in the mood for soup, go for the “miso lit” ramen with a spicy miso broth, soy egg, ground pork, grilled corn, shaved nori, bean sprouts, and fiery “Ruckus paste.”

5 Tyler St
Boston, MA 02111

13. Sportello

348 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
Spicy tomato soup at Sportello
Spicy tomato soup at Sportello
Sportello/Facebook

An oldie but a goodie, Sportello's classic spicy tomato soup — topped with a taleggio and caraway crostini — is suitable for all seasons. Follow it up with a beautiful pasta dish and enjoy the hustle and bustle of the open kitchen from your counter seat.

348 Congress St
Boston, MA 02210

14. Seoul Soulongtang

1245 Commonwealth Avenue, Allston, MA 02134
Soulongtang at Seoul Soulongtang
Soulongtang at Seoul Soulongtang
John L./Yelp

This Allston Korean restaurant’s tagline — “beef soup for the soul” — doesn’t lie. Go for the namesake item, the soulongtang, a nourishing ox bone broth with brisket, marrow, and noodles.

1245 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA 02134

15. Oak + Rowan

321 A St, Boston, MA 02210
Chowder at Oak + Rowan
Chowder at Oak + Rowan
Oak + Rowan/Facebook

There’s lots to love at this Fort Point destination, which has a couple popular Newburyport siblings. Save room for Brian Mercury's impeccable desserts, but definitely fit the silky-smooth pork belly and clam chowder into your meal. It's an elegant take on a classic, and it'll probably ruin run-of-the-mill chowders for you forever, but it's a worthwhile chance to take.

321 A St
Boston, MA 02210

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16. Eastern Standard

528 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
French onion soup at Eastern Standard
French onion soup at Eastern Standard
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Kenmore Square mainstay Eastern Standard serves an extensive menu of gastropub fare — not to mention an extensive menu of cocktails. It’s all worth exploring, but don’t miss the French onion soup, which balances somewhere between classic pub-style and fancy. There’s enough melty cheese around the edges and browning on top to please die-hard French onion soup fans, but there’s also something a little bit extra-special about the savory broth.

528 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215

17. Bar Lyon

1750 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
French onion soup at Bar Lyon
French onion soup at Bar Lyon
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Is it forgivable to include yet another French onion soup on the map? South End newcomer Bar Lyon — a more casual sibling of Mistral, Ostra, and more — has a must-try version that serves as the perfect preface to an entree such as the bavette steak au poivre. Or, grab a bar seat and simply pair a bowl with a nice glass of a French red wine while forgetting about winter.

1750 Washington St
Boston, MA 02118

18. Little Big Diner

1247 Centre St, Newton, MA 02459
Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner
Spicy miso ramen at Little Big Diner
Rachel Leah Blumenthal/Eater

Little Big Diner is — as part of the name suggests — little. As for the "big"? The flavors. Try one of the noodle-filled soups, such as this spicy miso ramen with pork, an egg, bean sprouts, sweet corn, scallions, nori, and mayu (black garlic oil) with optional add-ons such as a butter cube, smoked honey corn, or a “wicked hot bomb.”

1247 Centre St
Newton, MA 02459

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