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Continued: Soup's on at these Twin Cities hotspots

  • Article by: RICK NELSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 30, 2013 - 4:54 PM

Leave it to Patrick Atanalian to re-imagine beer-cheese soup. Staying true to form, the Sanctuary chef shuns orthodoxy, in this instance by enlisting ginger beer’s zesty bite to modernize a classic potato soup ($5). The cheery lemonade-like color is a tonic on a dark and dreary winter’s night. As for the dairy, it’s crème fraîche, jazzed with garlic and chile.

903 Washington Av. S., Mpls., 612-339-5058,

Oceanaire Seafood Room
When the mood for clam chowder strikes, the only reasonable course of action is to make a beeline to the Oceanaire Seafood Room. No flights of culinary fancy here, just a welcome exercise in straight-up Americana ($5.95 and $7.95), carefully balancing that winning alchemy of potatoes, bacon, cream and a bevy of plump, shimmering clams. It’s a trip to New England, minus the airfare.

50 S. 6th St., Mpls., 612-333-2277,

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  • More soup suggestions from local restaurants

    Thursday January 31, 2013

    • There are usually three ever-changing, lovingly crafted soup options at One on One (117 Washington Av. N., Mpls., 612-371-9565,...

  • The Belmore’s tomato soup with pesto; top, Cafe Levain’s onion soup.

  • Rustica’s cream of cauliflower soup is composed of an artful swipe of pureed black currants on the side of the bowl, then currants, hazelnut, pickled cauliflower and Mississippi greens.

  • Tia Gnanapragasam warms up to a bowl of Salsa Mai Fun Soup at ChinDian Cafe, which is owned by her parents, Nina Wong and Thomas Gnanapragasam.

  • The classic clam chowder at the Oceanaire Seafood Room.

  • 1: The bubbled-over onion soup at Cafe Levain, topped with a crouton and fontina cheese and crowned with onion rings. 2: Colorful tomato bisque at the Belmore/New Skyway Lounge, embellished with pesto. 3: The stunning cream of cauliflower soup at Rustica, poured tableside. 4: ChinDian Cafe co-owner Nina Wong warms up winter by merging the building blocks of pico de gallo with a chicken broth-based Vietnamese noodle soup. 5: Classic New England-style clam chowder is a specialty of the house at the Oceanaire Seafood Room.

  • The classic clam chowder at the Oceanaire Seafood Room.

  • Salsa Mai Fun Soup at ChinDian.

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