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Matzo ball soup from Unconventional Diner
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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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Woodside Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

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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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Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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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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Soup Up

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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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Wagshal's Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

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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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Prescription Chicken Soup (at Glen’s Garden Market)

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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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Unconventional Diner

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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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Bub and Pop's

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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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Greek Deli & Catering

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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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Bantam King

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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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Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

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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
Wendall H./Yelp

Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

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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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Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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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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Celebrity Delly

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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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City Diner

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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
Karen L/Yelp

Woodside Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

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.
Irene F/Yelp

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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.
Pamela E./Yelp

Soup Up

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
Soup Up/Facebook

Wagshal's Delicatessen (Multiple Locations)

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
Missy Frederick/Eater

Prescription Chicken Soup (at Glen’s Garden Market)

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
Prescription Chicken/Facebook

Unconventional Diner

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
Unconventional Diner/Facebook

Bub and Pop's

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
Grant S./Yelp

Greek Deli & Catering

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

The avgolemono at Greek Deli
Yaka H/Yelp

Bantam King

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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Pho 75 (Multiple locations)

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
Wendall H./Yelp

Ted's Bulletin (Multiple Locations)

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
Samantha L/Yelp

Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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
Go B./Yelp

Celebrity Delly

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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City Diner

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
Karen L/Yelp

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