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A Guide to Guzzle-Worthy Gazpachos in D.C.

The cold summer soup is starting to show up on menus across town

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Copa Kitchen + Bar’s summer gazpacho.
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As temperatures rise in D.C, restaurants are unleashing a sea of gazpacho options to cool off diners.

The traditional Spanish favorite, which is largely vegan and gluten-free, gets a modern twist from some D.C. chefs. American Son trades out tomato base for an all-cucumber base downtown, and Teddy & The Bully Bar adds strawberry into the mix in Dupont.

This list swings from the accessible — think to-go bottles at Soupergirl ($7) and Beefsteak ($3.99) — to splurge-worthy options like the yellow tomato variety at Central that sets diners back $16. Don’t discount national chains; ubiquitous cafe Le Pain Quotidien has mastered a seasonal gazpacho that’s topped with raw vegetables for $6.99.

Barcelona-inspired tapas bar Boqueria isn’t on this list yet, but will soon roll out two summer gazpachos served in sleek glassware for $6 each.

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Mintwood Place

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The gazpacho bowl at this Adams Morgan brasserie is a chunky blend of San Marzano tomatoes, Spanish onions, cucumbers, jalapeno, garlic, and bell peppers ($11). It gets an added zing via Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces and white wine vinegar. Then it’s garnished with house-made garlic croutons and a little basil chiffonade.

Teddy & The Bully Bar

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This pink-tinged bowl stars strawberry and another unlikely gazpacho element: black olives. Basil croutons and crispy prosciutto round out the bowl ($11).

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Soupergirl (Multiple locations)

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This homegrown soup shop offers not one, but five chilled gazpachos packed up to-go: tomato, beet, cucumber, watermelon, and peach. Grab a travel-friendly bottle ($7 each) at their two standalone locations or at retailers like Whole Foods, Giant, Wegman’s, and Glen’s Garden Market.

American Son

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Dill oil and charred cucumber liven up chef Tim Ma’s lunchtime cucumber gazpacho ($8). It’s an ideal soup to sip while catching a breeze near the roll-up garage doors at the Eaton hotel restaurant.

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Equinox Restaurant

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Chef Todd Gray’s yellow tomato and golden pineapple gazpacho comes complete with English cucumber, roasted sweet peppers, and Thai basil. Spot it on the vegan brunch menu and at lunch ($15). At dinner, it’s served with Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat ($16).

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Beefsteak

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The veggie-friendly chain’s tomato gazpacho recipe is inspired by chef José Andrés’s wife, Tichi.

It’s topped with leafy greens, scallions, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, radish, and extra virgin olive oil ($8.49). A grab-and-go version (pictured) is $3.99.

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The Oval Room

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The fancy mainstay near the White House offers a chilled puree of cauliflower alongside scallops, truffle, and in-season squash blossom for $13 at lunch and dinner.

 

Legal Sea Foods

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The seafood chain’s tortilla strip-topped veggie gazpacho comes with cucumbers, onions, red peppers, green peppers, tomatoes, garlic, basil, thyme, and cilantro for $7.50 per cup or $9.95 per bowl. Guests can opt to add shrimp cocktail too.

MXDC Cocina Mexicana | By Chef Todd English

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This refreshing watermelon gazpacho features cubes of the fruit along with cucumber, red peppers, brioche croutons, and feta cheese. It’s garnished with micro greens and a drizzle of olive oil ($7).

Olivia Restaurant

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This new-ish western Mediterranean restaurant from Ashok Bajaj offers a chilled cucumber and green chickpea gazpacho with tzatziki, za’atar, and lavash crumble ($10). Come July, Olivia will up its gazpacho game with four rotating Gazpacho y Torta specials at weekday lunch, kicking off with a watermelon-heirloom tomato gazpacho with burrata and salsa de tomate torta ($16).

Jaleo’s gazpacho estilo Algeciras comes with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and bread ($10). Down the street at Oaxacan-themed sister spot Oyamel, the classic Spanish soup gets a deconstructed twist as a seasonal fruit salad of sorts with jicama root, cucumbers, queso fresco, and house-made hot sauce (dubbed ”Gaspacho” Estilo Morelia).

Jaleo’s gazpacho estilo Algeciras.
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Central Michel Richard

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Michel Richard’s fine-dining destination pours a yellow tomato gazpacho table side with fresh burrata, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and cheesy croutons at lunch, dinner, and brunch ($16).

Copa Kitchen & Bar

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The Ballston Quarter newcomer’s refreshing chilled tomato soup comes alongside diced tomato, cucumber, peppers and brioche croutons ($8), all in an air-conditioned sports bar setting downstairs.

Mintwood Place

The gazpacho bowl at this Adams Morgan brasserie is a chunky blend of San Marzano tomatoes, Spanish onions, cucumbers, jalapeno, garlic, and bell peppers ($11). It gets an added zing via Worcestershire and Tabasco sauces and white wine vinegar. Then it’s garnished with house-made garlic croutons and a little basil chiffonade.

Teddy & The Bully Bar

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This pink-tinged bowl stars strawberry and another unlikely gazpacho element: black olives. Basil croutons and crispy prosciutto round out the bowl ($11).

Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Soupergirl (Multiple locations)

This homegrown soup shop offers not one, but five chilled gazpachos packed up to-go: tomato, beet, cucumber, watermelon, and peach. Grab a travel-friendly bottle ($7 each) at their two standalone locations or at retailers like Whole Foods, Giant, Wegman’s, and Glen’s Garden Market.

American Son

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Dill oil and charred cucumber liven up chef Tim Ma’s lunchtime cucumber gazpacho ($8). It’s an ideal soup to sip while catching a breeze near the roll-up garage doors at the Eaton hotel restaurant.

Tierney Plumb/Eater DC

Equinox Restaurant

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Chef Todd Gray’s yellow tomato and golden pineapple gazpacho comes complete with English cucumber, roasted sweet peppers, and Thai basil. Spot it on the vegan brunch menu and at lunch ($15). At dinner, it’s served with Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat ($16).

Equinox/official photo

Beefsteak

Reema Desai/Beefsteak

The veggie-friendly chain’s tomato gazpacho recipe is inspired by chef José Andrés’s wife, Tichi.

It’s topped with leafy greens, scallions, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, sprouts, radish, and extra virgin olive oil ($8.49). A grab-and-go version (pictured) is $3.99.

Reema Desai/Beefsteak

The Oval Room

The fancy mainstay near the White House offers a chilled puree of cauliflower alongside scallops, truffle, and in-season squash blossom for $13 at lunch and dinner.

 

Legal Sea Foods

The seafood chain’s tortilla strip-topped veggie gazpacho comes with cucumbers, onions, red peppers, green peppers, tomatoes, garlic, basil, thyme, and cilantro for $7.50 per cup or $9.95 per bowl. Guests can opt to add shrimp cocktail too.

MXDC Cocina Mexicana | By Chef Todd English

This refreshing watermelon gazpacho features cubes of the fruit along with cucumber, red peppers, brioche croutons, and feta cheese. It’s garnished with micro greens and a drizzle of olive oil ($7).

Olivia Restaurant

This new-ish western Mediterranean restaurant from Ashok Bajaj offers a chilled cucumber and green chickpea gazpacho with tzatziki, za’atar, and lavash crumble ($10). Come July, Olivia will up its gazpacho game with four rotating Gazpacho y Torta specials at weekday lunch, kicking off with a watermelon-heirloom tomato gazpacho with burrata and salsa de tomate torta ($16).

Jaleo

Jaleo’s gazpacho estilo Algeciras.
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Jaleo’s gazpacho estilo Algeciras comes with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, and bread ($10). Down the street at Oaxacan-themed sister spot Oyamel, the classic Spanish soup gets a deconstructed twist as a seasonal fruit salad of sorts with jicama root, cucumbers, queso fresco, and house-made hot sauce (dubbed ”Gaspacho” Estilo Morelia).

Jaleo’s gazpacho estilo Algeciras.
Greg Powers/Jaleo

Central Michel Richard

Michel Richard’s fine-dining destination pours a yellow tomato gazpacho table side with fresh burrata, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, and cheesy croutons at lunch, dinner, and brunch ($16).

Copa Kitchen & Bar

The Ballston Quarter newcomer’s refreshing chilled tomato soup comes alongside diced tomato, cucumber, peppers and brioche croutons ($8), all in an air-conditioned sports bar setting downstairs.

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