The weather may be getting chillier, but our fall and winter fare doesn’t have to be cold. Soup is a staple to warm up any winter (or fall) day. For those who don’t feel like stirring up their own homemade soup, we have a list of places that have must-try soups in the area. Keep reading for our roundup of soups in Montclair, including many vegan and gluten-free options.
Ani Ramen | 511 Bloomfield Avenue
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Ani Ramen is known for its Japanese noodle soup, or ram, and aims to bring a taste of Tokyo to New Jersey. With four options of ramen, and one brothless plate (not technically a soup, but still good), it provides customers with various dishes with different meats, levels of spice, and vegetables. It is a truly customizable experience.
De Novo | 275 Bellevue Avenue
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This European-style pub is sure to get patrons in the mood for a delicious cup of soup. The butternut squash soup is a favorite special. Diners can also sit and enjoy a creative cocktail or different dish from its extensive menu. It’s also a great spot for large parties – food for thought!
Jackie’s Grillette | 614 Valley Road
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Come visit Jackie’s Grillette for breakfast or lunch to grab anything from soup to sandwiches and smoothies. The lentil soup with pita bread on the side is a great choice either to dine-in or takeout. This popular Middle Eastern deli also boasts great service according to customers.
Mikki and Als’s Noshery | 14 Park Street
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This cafe opened in 2020, and honors close relatives who loved food, especially big bowls of soup. It is open from Wednesday to Sunday, and the matzo ball soup is a must-order. Speaking of matzo ball soup, another great place in the area to try is Raymond’s (28 Church Street).
Red Eye Cafe | 94 Walnut Street
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Patrons looking for a cozy cup of soup in the earlier part of the day should look no further than Red Eye Cafe. Open daily until 3 pm, this breakfast and lunch spot has cups of vegan and gluten-free soups to quench any craving. For those looking for soup for breakfast, they have it covered with the breakfast Ramen with zesty ginger broth with eggs and bacon. Order a grilled cheese to add to the cozy factor of a soup order.
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Sla Thai | 596 Valley Road
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This favorite Thai place for many is actually closed on Mondays, so be sure to plan around that. Visitors have a choice between tomkha (coconut soup) or tomyum (lemongrass soup). Both options include veggies and diner’s choice of chicken or shrimp. soups are gluten-free, just make sure to share dietary restrictions with the staff.
Samba Montclair | 7 Park Street
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Samba Montclair is self-proclaimed as “homestyle Brazilian fare served in a stylish, rustic space.” For our gluten-free friends, this is the only restaurant in New Jersey certified as gluten-free from the Gluten Intolerance Group, according to Samba’s website. It has a rotating cast of soups each day including cauliflower and broccoli, sweet potato, tomato, broccoli, and cauliflower. We should mention that all soups are served with vegan bread on the side.
The Corner | 115 Grove Street
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Not only does The Corner have a delicious selection of soups, but it also has a fantastic brunch with BYOChampagne (or other beverage of choice). This establishment uses fresh ingredients – check out the very Instagrammable dishes). The Corner has a daily selection of soup including roasted tomato soup, bone broth, vegetable soup, and chicken soup which rotate. According to The Corner, customer favorites include the butternut squash soup and chicken tortilla soup.
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Toast City Diner | 700 Bloomfield Avenue
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Toast City Diner has classic diner fare with a great atmosphere to enjoy a meal. Come to try the French onion soup among others, but just not on Tuesdays when they are closed. Patrons can also visit one of the other locations in Red Bank or Asbury Park for some soup on the Shore.
Uncle Momo | 702 Bloomfield Avenue
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The vibes at this French-Lebanese restaurant are a reason in itself to visit. Customers enjoy the lentil soup here, but there are many great dishes to try. Fans can visit the restaurant’s sister location in downtown Jersey City, a short walk from the Grove Street PATH station.