In Prince George, we love to get outside. Cold, wet, snowy, or windy weather doesn’t tend to slow us down – it just changes the type of activities we do and the refreshment we require when we’re done. This time of year, when the snow falls, then melts, the rain splashes down for hours on end, and the wind chills us to the core, it can mean only one thing.
It’s soup season.
Luckily we have amazing options to get a steaming, hearty bowl of delicious soup to warm us again. I’ve compiled a list of some of my favourites.
The Salted Cracker
By far my favourite place for soup, The Salted Cracker is usually at least a weekly stop for me. They have a selection of soups that are regulars on the menu and then always some new ones that get rotated through. My go to is the broccoli cheddar – what they refer to as a “soup celebrity” and I tend to agree. The soups are even available in a 32oz take home size. And then the crackers! They’re homemade and perfect – I won’t even crumble them into my soup, but prefer to eat them by themselves at the end of my meal. Your hardest choice here though will be what sandwich to pair your soup with – this place takes grilled cheese to a whole new level, with extreme sandwiches, such as meatloaf, and mac & cheese. My favourites are the brie, fig and maple bacon on sourdough, and the Reuben – but you’ll want to try them all!
Wasabi Sushi and Wonton House
Besides being my favourite place for sushi in Prince George, I recently discovered the soups at Wasabi Sushi and Wonton House, thanks to a foodie friend. I ordered the prawn wor wonton soup. Given the name of this place, I should probably have guessed they’d have good wontons, but I usually stop at the sushi part of it! I was expecting a small bowl of a few regular little wontons, but was completely blown away when the enormous steaming bowl of golf ball sized wontons, prawns, veggies, and noodles was placed in front of me. It was delicious and by far too much food for one meal. My friend had the chicken noodle soup, which was unlike any chicken noodle soup I’ve ever seen! It was amazing, with basically a full order of their chicken teriyaki soup on top a bed of noodles, carrots, and broccoli – again, much more than one meal.
Sassafras is a downtown staple that takes pride in using as much local produce as they can in creating their meals. They offer two or more daily soup specials, all of which are made from scratch – often made with organic ingredients and made as a vegan and gluten free option. These dishes will warm you up, especially when paired with one of their delicious quiches – my personal favourite meal here.
Thanh Vu Restaurant
The only one of my list that isn’t located downtown, Thanh Vu is well worth the trip for lunch or dinner. This is one of those restaurants where I always order the same thing – for me, it’s a destination for this particular meal – beef noodle soup, with a side spring roll. The beef noodle soup is a huge bowl of steaming hot delicious broth filled with noodles and beef (didn’t see that coming, did you?). It’s so satisfying and packed with flavour – although I add a ton of hot sauce, making it the best get-over-your-cold meal too. I have to mention a runner up soup here too – the Vietnam hot and sour soup. Can’t go wrong with either of these!
Where’s your favourite soup in Prince George?
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