Pancetta-Garlic Vichyssoise. Photo by Heather Linhart Coulthard.
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To many of us, Seinfeld’s “Soup Nazi” episode represents the pinnacle of just how beloved homemade soup can truly be—men and women of all ages waiting in a line snaking around a busy city corner, enduring ridiculous “soup ordering” etiquette—all for a mouthwatering bowl of soup. The Valley is filled with restaurants that take their soups very seriously, but without the brutality or attitude of New York City’s bustling streets. Here are a few local standouts that we feel perfectly capture that “heartwarming feeling” of a cup of soup waiting for you after a long, full day.
The Austrian roots of The Konditorei, which sits in the midst of the European-flavored Sun Valley Village, conjure up soups like “Rindsuppe,” a hearty soup that includes sausage, chunks of beef and potatoes all in a rich veal stock that’s been left on the stove to simmer for hours. Even though executive chef Derek Gallegos doesn’t have Eastern European roots, he remembers his dad and grandma cooking soups like Posole and Menudo at a young age. When his dad changed careers and moved from working in the mines to working in the kitchen, Derek started paying attention. “My dad started cooking in diners when I was about 12 years old. He would make the basic soups—Chicken Noodle, Cream of Broccoli and Clam Chowder—and then he started making soups with Asian and Italian influences, which I enjoy making to this day,” said Chef Derek. The Konditorei serves up to four soups, including the beloved Butternut Squash Bisque and the Chicken Gnocchi soup, available year-round. Wander up to the Sun Valley Village and indulge yourself in a bowl of happiness.