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Matzo Madness: Eater's Matzo Ball Soup Guide (Updated)

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Matzo ball soup: it's classic comfort food, regardless of whether it was a household staple growing up. But where to find it? D.C. isn't as packed with Jewish delis as some other cities, but there are certainly some options around town, particularly in the suburbs. Here, just in time for Passover, are more than a dozen spots that frequently feature the dish. Have a particular favorite that isn't listed? Share it in the comments.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. DGS Delicatessen

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1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 293-4400
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Want to slurp matzo ball soup in a hot, trendy new restaurant? DGS serves a soup accented with duck schmaltz and featuring a solo, giant matzo ball. There's also a special bone marrow Matzo Ball Soup with ginger, scallion, and mustard oil, on the restaurant's $45 "Modern Seder" Passover menu.

2. The Carving Room

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300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 525-2116
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Carving Room is more known for its sandwiches, but matzo ball soup is on the menu, too.

3. Celebrity Delly

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7263-A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042
(703) 573-9002
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Celebrity Delly's version, an Eater favorite, is super salty and packed with noodles. The restaurant sells hundreds of orders of the stuff during Passover.

4. Chutzpah Real New York Deli

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12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr
Fairfax, VA 22033
(703) 385-8883
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This Fairfax favorite takes pride in its classic take on matzo ball soup.

5. Loeb's New York Deli

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1712 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 965-5632
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Downtown institution Loeb's may have moved locations a few years ago, but the matzo ball soup remains on the menu.

6. Max's Kosher Cafe and Marketplace

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2319 University Blvd. W
Silver Spring, MD 20902
(301) 949-6297
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For something a little on the lighter side at Wheaton's Max's Kosher, there's matzo ball soup for $4.95.

7. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

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8317 Grubb Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20815
(301) 587-1427
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Parkway's version features chicken stock, pieces of chicken, veggies and egg noodles, with two matzo balls. Customers can also order it without the matzo if they're just craving chicken soup.

8. City Diner

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5616 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
(703) 671-4108
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City Diner in Falls Church is known to serve matzo ball soup, but it doesn't have a permanent place on the menu.

9. Woodside Delicatessen

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9329 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 589-7055
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Get some in-house, or order matzo ball soup by the quart or gallon from Woodside Deli (multiple locations).

10. Wagshal's Deli

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4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 363-5698
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Wagshal's (multiple locations) version of the soup is chock full of matzo balls and veggies.

11. Rosa Mexicano

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575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 783-5522
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They're not for the purists, but at Rosa Mexicano (multiple locations), customers can experience the marrow-matzo ball soup, a pozole with chipotle-marrow matzo balls, during Passover season. It's become a tradition in itself.

12. The Star and Shamrock

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1341 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 388-3833
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Bubbie's Matzoh Ball Soup ($3.50/$6) is available at the Irish/Jewish pub seasonally.

13. Bub and Pop's

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1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 457-1111
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Matzoh ball soup is often the soup of the day at this beloved sandwich shop.

14. Commissary

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1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
(202) 299-0018
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Chef Ben Tenner's family recipe for soup will be featured in a multi-course Seder menu ($28) or a la carte for $7.

15. BLT Steak

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1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006
(202) 689-8999
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BLT Steak presents a high-end take on Matzoh ball soup this year made with chicken consume and black truffles. It's $12.

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1. DGS Delicatessen

1317 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036
Want to slurp matzo ball soup in a hot, trendy new restaurant? DGS serves a soup accented with duck schmaltz and featuring a solo, giant matzo ball. There's also a special bone marrow Matzo Ball Soup with ginger, scallion, and mustard oil, on the restaurant's $45 "Modern Seder" Passover menu.
1317 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

2. The Carving Room

300 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Carving Room is more known for its sandwiches, but matzo ball soup is on the menu, too.
300 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

3. Celebrity Delly

7263-A Arlington Blvd, Falls Church, VA 22042
Celebrity Delly's version, an Eater favorite, is super salty and packed with noodles. The restaurant sells hundreds of orders of the stuff during Passover.
7263-A Arlington Blvd
Falls Church, VA 22042

4. Chutzpah Real New York Deli

12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr, Fairfax, VA 22033
This Fairfax favorite takes pride in its classic take on matzo ball soup.
12214 Fairfax Towne Ctr
Fairfax, VA 22033

5. Loeb's New York Deli

1712 I St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Downtown institution Loeb's may have moved locations a few years ago, but the matzo ball soup remains on the menu.
1712 I St NW
Washington, DC 20005

6. Max's Kosher Cafe and Marketplace

2319 University Blvd. W, Silver Spring, MD 20902
For something a little on the lighter side at Wheaton's Max's Kosher, there's matzo ball soup for $4.95.
2319 University Blvd. W
Silver Spring, MD 20902

7. Parkway Deli & Restaurant

8317 Grubb Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20815
Parkway's version features chicken stock, pieces of chicken, veggies and egg noodles, with two matzo balls. Customers can also order it without the matzo if they're just craving chicken soup.
8317 Grubb Rd.
Silver Spring, MD 20815

8. City Diner

5616 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
City Diner in Falls Church is known to serve matzo ball soup, but it doesn't have a permanent place on the menu.
5616 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041

9. Woodside Delicatessen

9329 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Get some in-house, or order matzo ball soup by the quart or gallon from Woodside Deli (multiple locations).
9329 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

10. Wagshal's Deli

4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016
Wagshal's (multiple locations) version of the soup is chock full of matzo balls and veggies.
4855 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016

11. Rosa Mexicano

575 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
They're not for the purists, but at Rosa Mexicano (multiple locations), customers can experience the marrow-matzo ball soup, a pozole with chipotle-marrow matzo balls, during Passover season. It's become a tradition in itself.
575 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20004

12. The Star and Shamrock

1341 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Bubbie's Matzoh Ball Soup ($3.50/$6) is available at the Irish/Jewish pub seasonally.
1341 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

13. Bub and Pop's

1815 M St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Matzoh ball soup is often the soup of the day at this beloved sandwich shop.
1815 M St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

14. Commissary

1443 P St NW, Washington, D.C. 20005
Chef Ben Tenner's family recipe for soup will be featured in a multi-course Seder menu ($28) or a la carte for $7.
1443 P St NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

15. BLT Steak

1625 I St NW, Washington, D.C. 20006
BLT Steak presents a high-end take on Matzoh ball soup this year made with chicken consume and black truffles. It's $12.
1625 I St NW
Washington, D.C. 20006

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