Super Bowls

The best bowls in Little Rock to warm your bones when the weather turns

Photography by Arshia Khan

Ohhhh. You thought we meant that other bowl. Nope, we’re talking soup, y’all: the eight best in Little Rock, just in time for the coldest of the cold (or just, you know, when it’s actually cold).

  1. Marie’s sherried mushroom at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro

    Ah, cherie sherry. With an inexplicable lightness and what one staff member dubbed a “buttery tang,” this, friends, is pure winter-weather perfection. (200 River Market Ave.; dizzysgypsybistro.net)

  2. Roasted tomato with tarragon crème fraîche at South on Main

    Even at its worst (say, canned), tomato soup still satisfies. At its best, however—which might just be South on Main’s silky, savory version topped with a swirl of tangy goodness—it delivers something approaching nirvana. (1304 Main St.; southonmain.com)

  3. Pozole at Eliella Ristorante

    That pork, man. Bobbing in the spicy, red-tinted broth alongside supersized kernels of corn (aka hominy) and translucent grease bubbles, it melts like butter in your mouth—and is more than reason enough to take a trek down Baseline. (7700 Baseline Road; facebook.com/eliellaristo)

  4. Pho at Mike’s Cafe

    This superlative pho—slurpy and spicy, served with a tangle of bright, fresh herbs—from superlative folks is the stuff of cold-and-flu-season dreams. (5501 Asher Ave.; facebook.com/mikescaferestaurant)

  5. Miso at Kemuri

    This dark, rich consomme is umami-packed minimalism at its finest: a filtered broth, a few earthy mushrooms, a bit of tofu and a smattering of seaweed. (2601 Kavanaugh Blvd.; kemurirestaurant.com)

  6. Chicken and hearts of palm at Cafe Bossa Nova

    Much like the other dishes coming out of Rosalia Monroe’s kitchen, this creamy concoction is akin to culinary alchemy: You just can’t quite put your finger on what makes it so crave-worthy. (2701 Kavanaugh Blvd.; cafebossanova.com)

  7. Lentil at Layla’s

    It’s difficult to make decisions when nose to nose with Layla’s expansive menu—the yogurt plate! that pizza!—but when we’re feeling virtuous, we turn to this bright and citrusy soup. And we don’t look back. (Multiple locations; laylasgyro.com)

  8. Mulligatawny at ZaZa Fine Salad & Wood-Oven Pizza Co.

    Slightly citric, slightly spicy, and chock-full of basmati rice, onion, carrot and coriander, the Yellow Rocket take on the Indian soup is pretty darn wonderful. Note: you may encounter pockets of spice and heat. And they’re glorious. (5600 Kavanaugh Blvd.; zazapizzaandsalad.com)

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