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Eater's Cold-Curing Chicken Soup Guide

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Ask readers about their favorite chicken soups and they tend to fall into two categories: the Jewish penicillin that is matzoh ball soup, and the lemony Greek classic avgolemono. D.C. actually has a variety of chicken soup standouts, whether it be classic renditions, ethnic spins like Pho Ga, or the aforementioned versions. Here are some of the standouts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Soup Up

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1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

This soup stand within Union Market has several varieties of chicken soup among its rotating flavors. One reader favorite is the Jamaican-style Stewed Chicken & Roasted Fresh Vegetables Soup w/ Dumplings.

2. Greek Deli & Catering

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

3. Pho 75

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1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 525-7355
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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 the traditional Pho accompaniments.

4. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 293-4400
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DGS sells even more of its matzoh ball soup during cold and flu season.

5. Woodside Delicatessen

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9329 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-7055
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This Wheaton deli offers both a classic chicken noodle soup and a matzoh ball soup.

6. Yia Yia's Kitchen

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(301) 595-1855
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Readers recommend the avgolomeno at this Beltsville restaurant.

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 matzoh ball soup at Bub and Pop's, give it a try.

8. Super Chicken

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422 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 538-5366

Super Chicken's chicken soup has its flaws - they use skin-on chicken that's still on the bone, so getting to the meat is a process - but there's something about that spicy broth.

9. 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 matzoh ball soup spiked with noodles. The restaurant has a traditional chicken noodle as well.

10. Chutzpah

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8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna, VA
(682) 488-9724
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Chutzpah has a traditional chicken noodle soup, a Matzoh ball soup and a chicken soup made with kreplach, sort of a wonton/ravioli hybrid.

11. Cafe Carvy

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1020 19th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036
202) 223-1981

This unassuming sandwich shop gets props from some for its traditional chicken noodle soup with freshly carved meat.

12. Ted's Bulletin

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1818 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 265-8337
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Ted's boasts that it has the "world's best chicken noodle." That might be strong, but they do serve up a respectable version of the classic soup (multiple locations).

13. Toki Underground

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1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 388-3086
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It might not taste like grandma's, but the Taipei curry chicken ramen soup at Toki Underground is still worth trying.

14. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-1427
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Parkway's a source for a classic matzoh ball soup, and they also offer a version without the matzoh balls.

15. Wagshal's on New Mexico

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3201 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 363-5698
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Matzoh ball soup can be found at Wagshal's (multiple locations).

16. City Diner

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5616 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 671-4108
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Homemade chicken soup is one of the standout menu items at this low-key diner.

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1. Soup Up

1309 5th St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

This soup stand within Union Market has several varieties of chicken soup among its rotating flavors. One reader favorite is the Jamaican-style Stewed Chicken & Roasted Fresh Vegetables Soup w/ Dumplings.

1309 5th St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

2. Greek Deli & Catering

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

Lines can reach out the door for this downtown lunch spot, which specializes in avgolemono.

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

3. Pho 75

1721 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209

The Pho Ga soup at Pho 75 has a mix of white and dark meat chicken, along with rice noodles and the traditional Pho accompaniments.

1721 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA 22209

4. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

DGS sells even more of its matzoh ball soup during cold and flu season.

1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

5. Woodside Delicatessen

9329 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

This Wheaton deli offers both a classic chicken noodle soup and a matzoh ball soup.

9329 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

6. Yia Yia's Kitchen

Beltsville, MD

Readers recommend the avgolomeno at this Beltsville restaurant.

7. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

If the soup of the day is matzoh ball soup at Bub and Pop's, give it a try.

1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

8. Super Chicken

422 S Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046

Super Chicken's chicken soup has its flaws - they use skin-on chicken that's still on the bone, so getting to the meat is a process - but there's something about that spicy broth.

422 S Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

9. Celebrity Delly

7263A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042

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

7263A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042

10. Chutzpah

8100 Boone Blvd, Vienna, VA

Chutzpah has a traditional chicken noodle soup, a Matzoh ball soup and a chicken soup made with kreplach, sort of a wonton/ravioli hybrid.

8100 Boone Blvd
Vienna, VA

11. Cafe Carvy

1020 19th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20036

This unassuming sandwich shop gets props from some for its traditional chicken noodle soup with freshly carved meat.

1020 19th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20036

12. Ted's Bulletin

1818 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009

Ted's boasts that it has the "world's best chicken noodle." That might be strong, but they do serve up a respectable version of the classic soup (multiple locations).

1818 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

13. Toki Underground

1234 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002

It might not taste like grandma's, but the Taipei curry chicken ramen soup at Toki Underground is still worth trying.

1234 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

14. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

8317 Grubb Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Parkway's a source for a classic matzoh ball soup, and they also offer a version without the matzoh balls.

8317 Grubb Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910

15. Wagshal's on New Mexico

3201 New Mexico Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Matzoh ball soup can be found at Wagshal's (multiple locations).

3201 New Mexico Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

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16. City Diner

5616 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041

Homemade chicken soup is one of the standout menu items at this low-key diner.

5616 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

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