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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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Soup Up

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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.

Greek Deli & Catering

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

Pho 75

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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.

DGS Delicatessen

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

Woodside Delicatessen

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

Yia Yia's Kitchen

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Readers recommend the avgolomeno at this Beltsville restaurant.

Bub and Pop's

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

Super Chicken

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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.

Celebrity Delly

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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.

Chutzpah

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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.

Cafe Carvy

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

Ted's Bulletin

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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).

Toki Underground

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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.

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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

Wagshal's on New Mexico

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

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

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Soup Up

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.

Greek Deli & Catering

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

Pho 75

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.

DGS Delicatessen

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

Woodside Delicatessen

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

Yia Yia's Kitchen

Readers recommend the avgolomeno at this Beltsville restaurant.

Bub and Pop's

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

Super Chicken

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.

Celebrity Delly

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

Chutzpah

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

Cafe Carvy

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

Ted's Bulletin

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).

Toki Underground

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

Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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

Wagshal's on New Mexico

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