I love soup! I could have soup for lunch every day. Back when I worked downtown (10 years ago!), I actually really enjoyed going to Spratts for lunch to get soup because they made their own - usually with leftovers. Soup is filling, warming and satisfying, and if you go fo the right one, it is kind to your waist line.
I don't make it downtown for lunch anymore, but I would be willing to make the drive for a good bowl of soup. My husband swears by the lunch deal at Aquavina: their house salad with a cup of soup ofr $6, not including tax and tip. They make Cream of Tomato daily. He also loves the Onion Soup Gratinee at Ruths Chris.
I am partial to the soups at Something Classic. They make a very good Tomato Bisque as well as several wonderful chowders.
So - who else makes great soups - in house only! I cannot tolerate soups that obviously come from something like Sysco. These usually mean gloppy, overly thick soups like broccoli cheese, potato cheese or salt-laden chicken noodle.