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It’s cold season, just the right time for a hot bowl of deli soup.

Kreplach soup at Solley’s in Sherman Oaks has excellent dumplings of good thick dough filled with well-spiced beef, says bglicklich. The broth is also rich and tasty, with lots of noodles, chicken, and carrots. It costs $9…but such are the times we live in.

Matzo ball soup from Fromin’s is NAspy’s answer to the common cold. You can also get “chicken in a pot,” a soup that includes a matzo ball, a kreplach, half a chicken, and lots of noodles and carrots, plus half a loaf of rye on the side.

Canter’s also has chicken in the pot, and Hackenbush thinks it’s amazing–with a boiled potato and sometimes some kasha in the mix. The basic chicken soup here is a purist’s version: just broth and noodles or rice, no chicken or carrots.

Label’s Table, a real-deal deli, serves an excellent matzo ball soup with no chicken, says roastingjoe. Nate ‘n’ Al’s version, also very good, is similarly light on meat.

For those who like their matzo ball soup “loaded” with chicken, vegetables, and herbs, davinagr’s fave is Weilers. The one in Woodland Hills makes the other locations pale by comparison, she says.


Solley’s Restaurant & Deli [East San Fernando Valley]
4578 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks
818-905-5774
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Solley’s Restaurant & Deli [West San Fernando Valley]
16650 Ventura Blvd., Encino
818-905-5774
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Fromin’s Restaurant [Beaches]
1832 Wilshire Blvd., Santa Monica
310-829-5443
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Fromin’s Restaurant [West San Fernando Valley]
17615 Ventura Blvd., Encino
818-990-6346
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Canter’s Fairfax Restaurant [Fairfax Village]
419 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles
323-651-2030
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Label’s Table Delicatessen [West San Fernando Valley]
23311 Mulholland Dr., Woodland Hills
818-222-1044
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Weilers Deli [West San Fernando Valley]
21161 Victory Blvd., Canoga Park
818-884-6611
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