The crud has been sweeping our offices for weeks. And where there's crud, there's a strong need for chicken soup. We recently discovered the chicken noodle soup at the newly opened Rarebit, a sort of modern yet old-school diner that serves up a hearty bowl of salty, chickeny broth with classic egg noodles, roasted shredded chicken, garlic stock, and some roasted vegetables (just like mom makes it!). When you're battling a stuffy nose and congested chest, there's not much better than this.
If you're looking for traditional tomato soup head to Closed for Business on King Street. Their version of tomato soup features local fresh tomatoes, imported high quality Italian tomatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes all sautéed together. The tomatoes are then simmered with spices and herbs. At the end some cream is added and it's puréed for a thick and creamy delight. You can just get the bowl of soup or you can splurge the tomato soup and grilled cheese combination. The irresistible grilled cheese contains swiss, fontina, and cheddar cheeses all melted on thick Texas toast.
For a soup that will really open up your sinuses head out to Red Orchids in West Ashley and order up the Hot and Sour Soup. The soy broth-based dish contains tofu, bean curd, bamboo shoots, and wood ear mushrooms. Owners Kelly and Tony Chu make the soup in big batches fresh everyday. Although most Asian restaurants make "hot" soups fairly mild, don't take the name "Hot and Sour" lightly. Kelly says, "The soup is true to its name, it is spicy, some people say its is too spicy." Not only will it help clear your sinuses but it will warm you right up.