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Best for soup

Going Out Guide staff  |  Updated 12/15/2011

Enjoy a hearty bowl of winter's perfect comfort food.

 

Pho 75

Arlington, VA

There are no frills at this cafeteria-style dining room, but you won't need any once your steaming bowl of silky, rich beef broth, slim cuts of boiled beef and rice noodle soup hits the table. Many places in the area serve pho, but precious few offer bowls of this quality.

 

Toki Underground

Washington, DC

The Atlas district is plagued by restaurants that are more gimmicky than good, but at Toki Underground the substance stands up to the style. A narrow second floor dining room lined with bar seating is home to steaming bowls of Taiwanese-style ramen that are as authentic as they are delicious -- and unlike anything else that can be found inside the District.

 

Buddy's Crabs & Ribs

Annapolis, MD

At this massive Annapolis landmark, chunks of bacon make for a smoky, meaty Maryland-style crab soup that is deep red and very rich. Though the dining room is frequently packed, the tomato-based, veggie-rich Chesapeake Bay specialty makes it worth a trip.

 

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Washington, DC

Jeff Black's sixth restaurant offers something truly rare in the D.C. area: good gumbo. Texas Gulf shrimp, oysters and local crab star in Pearl Dive's various takes on the iconic, spicy Louisiana soup, or you can indulge in one of the restaurant's two stews: a classic crawfish etouffee or a rich bowl of shrimp, redfish, squid, mussels and saffron milk called "Que Sueno de Los Gatos," or "What Cats Dream Of."

 

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