July 24, 2009

Berkeley: San Francisco Soup Company (CLOSED); restaurant review

80 North

San Francisco Soup Company  CLOSED  2512 Bancroft Way/Telegraph Ave., (510) 848-7687. Daily; hrs. vary; $.

Located at the University’s main intersection, this small venue has only a few seats but is well equipped to prepare orders for take-out. With the expansive lawns of the University just across this street, this is a good option. Though the owners were inspired by the famous Seinfeld “Soup Nazi” episode, the friendly service actually encountered is anything but. The made-from-scratch soups are, of course, the way to go, but sandwiches and salads are also available. Among the tasty soup selections on the regularly changing menu is a hearty matzo ball that is put together in several steps, assuring noodles and matzo balls that don’t become mush right away (note, however, that as good as this soup is, great matzo balls are found only in NYC). The tasty West African Peanut and minced Turkey Chili with a minimum of beans are also noteworthy. Branches are found in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto.

More things to do in Berkeley.

Way more thing to do in Berkeley. 

More ideas for exploring Northern California.

image courtesy of venue

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