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best split pea soup?

olive | Apr 23, 2003 12:27 AM

Soup is one of my favorite things to eat, and split pea soup ranks at the top of my list. I always try to order it when it's on the menu. It can be spicy, hammy, herby, plain and earthy, thick or thin...I'm happy as long as it's homemade and not the gelatnous, foul-smelling goop that comes out of most cans. Although, I concede that a couple of the canned varieties aren't all that bad.

The split pea soup at the Crepevine on Irving was delicious, with an intriguing spicy taste that I can't quite place (a little garlic and maybe some cumin or curry blend?). The version at Einstein's had tomato, which gave it a welcome tang.

I would love to try other versions of split pea soup in San Francisco if any of you have suggestions. I know many restaurants rotate their soups everyday, but I would appreciate reccomendations of these places as well. The soup place on O'Farrel in the Tenderloin, featured in the Examiner last week, is supposed to have a "stick to your ribs" version; have you tried this?

Thanks for your split pea soup stories!

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