The Rest of the Best: Houston's Top 5 Chicken Soups

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The caldo Tlalpeño at Tacos del Julio
For the next 20 weeks, we'll be rounding up the runners-up to our 2011 Best of Houston® winners. In many categories, picking each year's winner is no easy task. We'll be spotlighting 20 of those categories, in which the winner had hefty competition from other Houston bars and restaurants.

5. Kenny & Ziggy's

Of course the restaurant which consistently wins top honors at the huge Chicken Soup Cookoff each year at Congregation Emanu El would place on our list as well. Kenny & Ziggy's simple yet enormous chicken soup with matzo balls is straight-up comfort food, the deli version of chicken and dumplings but with extra schmaltz.

4. Niko Niko's

This isn't just chicken soup -- it's a silky, tangy, almost creamy bowl of citrus-scented heaven thanks to its base of eggs and lemon. It's great for a cold in the dead of winter, but it's even better chilled on a hot summer day. And if you just can't get enough of the stuff at Niko Niko's, take a shot at making it yourself with Dimitri Fetokakis's own recipe.


Location Info

Venue

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Niko Niko's

2520 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Pho Ga Dakao

11778 Bellaire Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

El Rey Taqueria

910 Shepherd, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

Tacos Del Julio

8203 Long Point, Houston, TX

Category: Restaurant

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19 comments
MMac
MMac

Although it comes from a big chain that is often frowned upon for "Americanizing" Chinese food, I will go with PF Chang's "Chang's Chicken Noodle Soup" ANYDAY as best!  I never would have tried it unless almost-forced to one fateful day.  I crave it regularly.  It is NOT your run-of-the-mill chicken noodle soup.  It is perfectly heavenly - they should surely rename it to something more deserving!

Corey
Corey

Love this list, and el rey's soup though bat guano (aka avocado) has no place in my soup.. :)

Megan
Megan

I respect your dislike of avocado, even if I do not share your feelings on the matter.  :)

scotter
scotter

And I respect your respect of his dislike of avocado, because I do share your feelings on the matter.  :)

Corey
Corey

 It's a texture thing, same for bananas. Sorry their soup is quite good, though I'll go out on a limb and say my favorite is the mish mosh soup at K&Z's..

scotter
scotter

Agreed, but it is frustrating when mishes and moshes are occasionally out of season.

Megan
Megan

I agree about bananas, but I hate the taste and texture. 

Getalife
Getalife

As always, Corey ... we don't care

SirRon
SirRon

I care about Corey, and I have a life.

Corey
Corey

 Feeling is mutual, and Ron your blog is ace too. Some people have nothing better to do than to be ugly to random people, wonder what went wrong in their lives..

Houstess
Houstess

What is the white noodly garnish in the tacos del julio picture? 

Megan
Megan

I think those might be pickled onions, but I'm not sure....

denise
denise

Niko Niko's doesn't use egg in their version of the soup, recipe aside. If you read the intro to the recipe, Dmitri doesn't use eggs because his mom didn't like them. 

timidstrudel
timidstrudel

I always go for the chicken noodle soup at 888.

Corey
Corey

 Have you tried the spicy noodle soup there? I'm curious, and I've heard good things I just don't make it out that direction much..

SirRon
SirRon

That Chicken Soup Cookoff is one of the my favorite annual food events in the city.

Kelli
Kelli

El Rey's chicken soup has cured more than a few colds for me.  And with the beautiful avocados they put in it, the broth gets an almost creamy texture by the time you slurp the bottom.  Think I might have to get someone tomorrow :)!

Becky Downs
Becky Downs

I think the cheese adds to the creaminess too-- don't know what kind it is, and it doesn't really matter.  The only problem I have with El Rey is that I can't ever resist buying their flan-- sometimes a couple orders to feed the family too.  It's the best.

Cat
Cat

El Rey is my favorite! Glad it made the list!

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