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Where to Find Comforting Chicken Soup in D.C.

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Matzo ball soup from Unconventional Diner
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When temperatures drop and sinuses clog, it’s natural to turn to a comforting bowl of chicken soup. D.C. has versions of the iconic dish to spare. There are traditional noodle-packed bowls along with several versions of soothing matzo ball soup. This map also throws in a few curveballs from the classics, whether it be chicken ramen or poultry pho.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Woodside Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

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9329 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-7055
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This Maryland deli and diner offers both a regular chicken noodle soup and a matzo ball soup. The latter is stuffed with chunks of vegetables and large, airy matzo balls.

Matzoh ball soup from Woodside.
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2. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1427
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The frequently packed deli is a well-known source for a hearty matzo ball soup accented with chunky vegetables. It also offers a bowl without matzo balls and a vegetarian version.

Matzoh ball soup from Parkway Deli.
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3. Soup Up

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709 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011
(202) 621-6845
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Soup Up serves four soups each day that rotate regularly, but they always have one variation of chicken soup. The curried chicken soup is a popular variety.

Curried chicken soup from Soup Up
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4. Wagshal's Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

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4855 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-5698
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Which chicken soup is available at the acclaimed deli depends on the day: Monday is chicken noodle day, Tuesday brings matzo ball, and Wednesday is for chicken tortilla soup. The classic chicken noodle is a textbook version of the cure-all. The matzo balls here are tiny and dense, attracting fans of “sinkers” at the bottom of the pot.

Wagshal’s chicken soup
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5. Prescription Chicken Soup (at Glen’s Garden Market)

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2001 S St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 588-5698
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This local chicken soup delivery service has developed a legion of fans since debuting in D.C. Its soup is also sold at Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont.

Prescription Chicken soup
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6. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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The chicken soup at this new-wave diner features a scallion matzo ball, alphabet pasta, and mushrooms. The fancy flourishes may explain the $16 price tag.

Fancy chicken soup from Unconventional Diner
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7. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 457-1111
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If the soup of the day is matzo ball soup at this beloved downtown deli, it’s worth an order.

Outside of Bub and Pop’s
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8. Greek Deli & Catering

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1120 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 296-2111
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Lines frequently extend out the door for this downtown lunch spot, which specializes in lemony avgolemono.

The avgolemono at Greek Deli
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9. Bantam King

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501 G St NW
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 733-2612
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Chicken ramen is the speciality of this shop from the Daikaya team. Customers can find miso, shoyu, and shoyu chintan varieties, all with a chicken base.

Chicken ramen from Bantam King
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10. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-7355

The Pho Ga soup at Pho 75 has a mix of white and dark meat chicken, along with rice noodles and traditional Pho garnishes to mix into one of the best broths in the city. Diners can also specify if they would prefer only dark or white meat.

Pho ga from Pho 75
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11. Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

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505 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 544-8337
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Ted's boasts that it has the "world's best chicken noodle." That statement might be too strong, but they do serve up a respectable version of the soup with thick homestyle noodles at their multiple locations.

Chicken soup from Ted’s Bulletin
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12. Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax
VA, 22033
(703) 385-8883
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Chutzpah has a traditional chicken noodle soup, a matzo ball soup, and a chicken soup made with kreplach, small dumplings comparable to a wonton or a ravioli.

Chutzpah’s matzoh ball soup
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13. Celebrity Delly

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7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 573-9002
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Celebrity Delly has a salty, satisfying version of matzo ball soup spiked with noodles. The restaurant has a traditional chicken noodle soup as well.

Matzoh ball soup from Celebrity Delly
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14. City Diner

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5616 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 671-4108
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The matzo ball soup at this low-key suburban diner also packs in noodles for a double dose of carbs.

Matzoh ball soup at City Diner
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1. Woodside Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

9329 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Matzoh ball soup from Woodside.
Irene F/Yelp

This Maryland deli and diner offers both a regular chicken noodle soup and a matzo ball soup. The latter is stuffed with chunks of vegetables and large, airy matzo balls.

9329 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Matzoh ball soup from Parkway Deli.
Pamela E./Yelp

The frequently packed deli is a well-known source for a hearty matzo ball soup accented with chunky vegetables. It also offers a bowl without matzo balls and a vegetarian version.

8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

3. Soup Up

709 Kennedy St NW, Washington, DC 20011
Curried chicken soup from Soup Up
Soup Up/Facebook

Soup Up serves four soups each day that rotate regularly, but they always have one variation of chicken soup. The curried chicken soup is a popular variety.

709 Kennedy St NW
Washington, DC 20011

4. Wagshal's Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

4855 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016
Wagshal’s chicken soup
Missy Frederick/Eater

Which chicken soup is available at the acclaimed deli depends on the day: Monday is chicken noodle day, Tuesday brings matzo ball, and Wednesday is for chicken tortilla soup. The classic chicken noodle is a textbook version of the cure-all. The matzo balls here are tiny and dense, attracting fans of “sinkers” at the bottom of the pot.

4855 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

5. Prescription Chicken Soup (at Glen’s Garden Market)

2001 S St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Prescription Chicken soup
Prescription Chicken/Facebook

This local chicken soup delivery service has developed a legion of fans since debuting in D.C. Its soup is also sold at Glen’s Garden Market in Dupont.

2001 S St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Fancy chicken soup from Unconventional Diner
Unconventional Diner/Facebook

The chicken soup at this new-wave diner features a scallion matzo ball, alphabet pasta, and mushrooms. The fancy flourishes may explain the $16 price tag.

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

7. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Outside of Bub and Pop’s
Grant S./Yelp

If the soup of the day is matzo ball soup at this beloved downtown deli, it’s worth an order.

1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. Greek Deli & Catering

1120 19th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
The avgolemono at Greek Deli
Yaka H/Yelp

Lines frequently extend out the door for this downtown lunch spot, which specializes in lemony avgolemono.

1120 19th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

9. Bantam King

501 G St NW, Washington, DC 20003
Chicken ramen from Bantam King
Bantam King/Facebook

Chicken ramen is the speciality of this shop from the Daikaya team. Customers can find miso, shoyu, and shoyu chintan varieties, all with a chicken base.

501 G St NW
Washington, DC 20003

10. Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209
Pho ga from Pho 75
Wendall H./Yelp

The Pho Ga soup at Pho 75 has a mix of white and dark meat chicken, along with rice noodles and traditional Pho garnishes to mix into one of the best broths in the city. Diners can also specify if they would prefer only dark or white meat.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

11. Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

505 8th St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Chicken soup from Ted’s Bulletin
Samantha L/Yelp

Ted's boasts that it has the "world's best chicken noodle." That statement might be too strong, but they do serve up a respectable version of the soup with thick homestyle noodles at their multiple locations.

505 8th St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

12. Chutzpah Real New York Deli

12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax, VA, 22033
Chutzpah’s matzoh ball soup
Go B./Yelp

Chutzpah has a traditional chicken noodle soup, a matzo ball soup, and a chicken soup made with kreplach, small dumplings comparable to a wonton or a ravioli.

12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax
VA, 22033

13. Celebrity Delly

7263A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Matzoh ball soup from Celebrity Delly
Celebrity Delly/Facebook

Celebrity Delly has a salty, satisfying version of matzo ball soup spiked with noodles. The restaurant has a traditional chicken noodle soup as well.

7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042

14. City Diner

5616 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Matzoh ball soup at City Diner
Karen L/Yelp

The matzo ball soup at this low-key suburban diner also packs in noodles for a double dose of carbs.

5616 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

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