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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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Zaytinya

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José Andrés' Mediterranean joint showcases a Turkish chilled tomato soup with pomegranate, molasses, and cucumber ($7).

Bandolero

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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).

Central Michel Richard

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Central has an eggplant-based gazpacho on the menu ($12).

Mintwood Place

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Mintwood Place is offering a cucumber and watercress gazpacho served with peekytoe crab and avocado.

Jackson 20

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Jackson 20 has a tomato gazpacho with sea salt ice cream and basil caviar right now ($10).

sweetgreen

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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.

Firefly

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Firefly's contemporary take on the classic is a cool blend of squash and corn.

Boqueria

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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.

Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

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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).

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).

—Todd English’s version is vegan, and includes yellow tomatoes, ginger, sweet onion chimichurri, cucumber and habanero ($9).

Zaytinya

José Andrés' Mediterranean joint showcases a Turkish chilled tomato soup with pomegranate, molasses, and cucumber ($7).

Bandolero

The Georgetown Mexican eatery has a cold Tomatillo and cucumber soup with crema, sorbet and radish - it's also vegan ($8).

Central Michel Richard

Central has an eggplant-based gazpacho on the menu ($12).

Mintwood Place

Mintwood Place is offering a cucumber and watercress gazpacho served with peekytoe crab and avocado.

Jackson 20

Jackson 20 has a tomato gazpacho with sea salt ice cream and basil caviar right now ($10).

sweetgreen

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.

Firefly

Firefly's contemporary take on the classic is a cool blend of squash and corn.

Boqueria

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.

Zoup! Fresh Soup Company

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).

Jaleo

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).

MXDC

—Todd English’s version is vegan, and includes yellow tomatoes, ginger, sweet onion chimichurri, cucumber and habanero ($9).

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