Soup Restaurants in Milwaukee
Soup Restaurants in Milwaukee: Soup’s On
221 N. Water, Milwaukee, WI
MCTS Routes: 11 and 15
Of Milwaukee’s soup spots, Soup’s On is most definitely the “Souperstar” – a standout among peers. Very much a Third Ward establishment, attracting a mix of lunching graphic designers, salon attendants, art dealers, and other hiply dressed alterna-professionals, Soup’s On is adjacent to a gallery and provides diners with a quaint view of the Milwaukee River. The owner and soup creator, Mary Krimmer, whips up a diverse array of hot AND could soups, including the occasional vegan option. The robustly delicious white chili is a hearty helping of hot goodness, and the pumpkin basil soup is perfect for a breezy autumn day. I’ve been consistently impressed by Soup’s On staff, selection, and stellar soup. It’s the best soup restaurant in Milwaukee, spoons down!
Soup Restaurants in Milwaukee: The Soup Otzie’s
3950 S. Howell, Milwaukee, WI
MCTS Route: 11
Named after the owners (The Otzelberger family) but also playing on the Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” character, this slightly out-of-the-way soup restaurant might be a turn off for East Siders who’ve never even seen this part of Howell, but it’s convenient for people on the South Side, including Bayview residents. The place seems to see a lot more regulars than the other soup stores profiled here, and the soups are yummy but a little less creative than at Soup’s On. The creamy potato soup is top-spud, however, and the portions are hearty for the price.
Soup Restaurants in Milwaukee: The Soup Market
2211 S. Kinnickinnic, Milwaukee, WI
MCTS Routes: 15 and 51
Perhaps the least remarkable of the several soup restaurants in Milwaukee, the Soup Market, sits on the slowly livening stretch of KK between Becher and Lincoln with a banner beckoning patrons to visit during a brief window on Saturdays (in addition to weekday hours). I’ve tried their chicken and dumpling soup, and I was underwhelmed by its near can-style consistency. And while staff were pleasant, the atmosphere was sorely lacking and sterile. Knowing better places to queue up with a bowl in hand, I’d recommend The Soup Market to Oliver Twist – but not to friends. That said, they’ve opened a second location in the Milwaukee Public Market, so apparently somebody’s buying this soup.