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Fight Soupy Weather with These Takes on Gazpacho

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August in the D.C. area can be downright brutal. While the humidity and temperatures have been more tolerable than average lately, soupy conditions are bound to return. Fight the soupiness with a refreshing cold soup.

Let's talk gazpacho. Always cold, and traditionally tomato-based, the soup is refreshing, light and perfect for summer. If pulling out the food processor and endlessly chopping vegetables is less than appealing, there are plenty of restaurant versions to sample — many which look beyond the traditional recipe to create a unique spin on the dish.

Here's a list of some cool, crisp and interesting takes on the Spanish dish to keep diners satisfied before it becomes comfort food weather. Have another favorite spot for chilled soup? Share in the comments.
—Amanda Greeff


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Zaytinya

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701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0800
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José Andrés' Mediterranean joint showcases a Turkish chilled tomato soup with pomegranate, molasses, and cucumber ($7).

2. Bandolero

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3245 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 625-4488
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The Georgetown Mexican eatery has a cold Tomatillo and cucumber soup with crema, sorbet and radish - it's also vegan ($8).

3. Central Michel Richard

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1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 626-0015
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Central has an eggplant-based gazpacho on the menu ($12).

4. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732
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Mintwood Place is offering a cucumber and watercress gazpacho served with peekytoe crab and avocado.

5. Jackson 20

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480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 842-2790
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Jackson 20 has a tomato gazpacho with sea salt ice cream and basil caviar right now ($10).

6. sweetgreen

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3333 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 337-9338
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The various locations of Sweetgreen are offering a gazpacho made from a combination of local tomatoes, cucumbers, green and red peppers, onion, garlic, jalapenos and local watermelon.

7. Firefly

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1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 861-1310
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Firefly's contemporary take on the classic is a cool blend of squash and corn.

8. Boqueria

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1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 558-9545
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In traditional Spanish fashion, the Spanish eatery has a chilled watermelon and tomato soup with bell pepper, a sherry vinegar reduction and arbequina olive oil croutons — and it's only $5.

9. Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

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1101 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 682-9687
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This popular lunch spot is dishing out a Monterey gazpacho with shrimp, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, green onions and sour cream for $4.75-$12.35, depending on size (menu changes daily).

10. Jaleo

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480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 628-7949
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For a classic take on the dish, head to Jaleo, where the dish is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and bread ($7). A white version combines Marcona almonds, grapes and lump crab ($12).

11. MXDC

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600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-1900
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—Todd English’s version is vegan, and includes yellow tomatoes, ginger, sweet onion chimichurri, cucumber and habanero ($9).

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1. Zaytinya

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
José Andrés' Mediterranean joint showcases a Turkish chilled tomato soup with pomegranate, molasses, and cucumber ($7).
701 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

2. Bandolero

3245 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The Georgetown Mexican eatery has a cold Tomatillo and cucumber soup with crema, sorbet and radish - it's also vegan ($8).
3245 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

3. Central Michel Richard

1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004
Central has an eggplant-based gazpacho on the menu ($12).
1001 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

4. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Mintwood Place is offering a cucumber and watercress gazpacho served with peekytoe crab and avocado.
1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

5. Jackson 20

480 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Jackson 20 has a tomato gazpacho with sea salt ice cream and basil caviar right now ($10).
480 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314

6. sweetgreen

3333 M St NW, Washington, DC 20007
The various locations of Sweetgreen are offering a gazpacho made from a combination of local tomatoes, cucumbers, green and red peppers, onion, garlic, jalapenos and local watermelon.
3333 M St NW
Washington, DC 20007

7. Firefly

1310 New Hampshire Ave, Washington, DC 20004
Firefly's contemporary take on the classic is a cool blend of squash and corn.
1310 New Hampshire Ave
Washington, DC 20004

8. Boqueria

1837 M St NW, Washington, DC 20036
In traditional Spanish fashion, the Spanish eatery has a chilled watermelon and tomato soup with bell pepper, a sherry vinegar reduction and arbequina olive oil croutons — and it's only $5.
1837 M St NW
Washington, DC 20036

9. Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

1101 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
This popular lunch spot is dishing out a Monterey gazpacho with shrimp, basil, cilantro, tomatoes, green onions and sour cream for $4.75-$12.35, depending on size (menu changes daily).
1101 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC 20005

10. Jaleo

480 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
For a classic take on the dish, head to Jaleo, where the dish is made with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and bread ($7). A white version combines Marcona almonds, grapes and lump crab ($12).
480 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

11. MXDC

600 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
—Todd English’s version is vegan, and includes yellow tomatoes, ginger, sweet onion chimichurri, cucumber and habanero ($9).
600 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005

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