And I'd be remiss if i didn't begin a discussion regarding one of my favorite comfort food places that I have discovered during my short stay in Chicago.
SoupBox, located at 2943 Broadway in Lakeview, has fast become one of my favorites fo its variety of hearty and delicious soups.
It's a bit of a barebones store front located just North of Diversey on Broadway. The owners convert it to a fruit ice emporium in warmer months (good business people in addition to being good cooks). Except for a few tables at which you can stop and enjoy your treat, there's not much to the place except the 10-12 kettles of soup that they have available for consumption daily and a cooler of soft drinks.
The soup choices rotate, but you can always count on the velvety smooth lobster bisque and creamy potato leek being available. The bisque, in my opinion, is just wonderful. It's redolent with rich shellfish flavor. It's a great warmer upper on a chilly rainy fall day like today. It compares favorably to the bisque that I have ordered in fine seafood and steakhouses here and other places. That, and the potato leek, according to the staff, are their best sellers
I've also tried the creamy chicken and rice which may have been affected by too many hours in the pot on the night that I ordered it. It was a little too thick for my liking although it was quite flavorful and tasty. However, on a recent visit, a fresh pot had just been put out and appeared to be of a more normal soupy consistency.
If you're really hungry the SoupBox usually has one or two thick stewy versions of its soups. Recently, I have noticed a hearty beef stew that seemed to have real body to it. I have also had the pleasure of trying a rib sticking chicken and dumpling which reminded me much of the dish by the same name that my grandmother used to make weekly for dinner when I was growing up as a kid down South.
SoupBox generally has a variety 10-12 soups daily including vegetarian options, chicken options, cream based options and beef options. The staff is very young, very friendly and more than happy to dole out a taste of anything that you wish to sample. Now if I could only find that wonderful Mulligitawny Soup or Lobster Pot Pie Soup that I used to scarf down at the now defunct Daily Soup in New York.
If it's soup you're looking for, I recommend giving Soup Box a visit. Small Cups of Soup start at $3.95 with a chunk of not much better than average bread for dipping. You can take home a half gallon of soup for around 20 bucks in a big plastic bucekt if you have lots of soup lovers at your house or you are a totally unabashed hedonist like me.
Chicago, IL 60657