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Best restaurants to get soup at in 7 Northeast Ohio counties based on Yelp rankings

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The advent of the modern-day restaurant began with a humble dish: soup.

In the 16th century, the French began using the word “restaurant” to refer to the soup sold by vendors in the streets. This soup was advertised as “restoratif” meaning “to restore.”

But where did soup begin?

Anthropologists have found evidence that the earliest soup dates back to 20,000 BC in Xianrendong Cave China where the ancient pottery showed signs of scorch marks, which suggests that the pot must have been making hot soup.

Scientists agree the ancient soup makers simply dug a hole in the ground, lined it with animal skin, and used it to boil water using hot stones. This practice dates back to the Neanderthals who used to boil bones and render fats resulting in a drinkable broth.

With January temperatures in Greater Cleveland usually not getting much higher than 35 degrees, soup is always a good lunch or dinner option.

We partnered with our friends at Yelp Cleveland to find where their reviewers went for the best cup or bowl of soup in Northeast Ohio.

Methodology: This is a list of the top soup restaurants in the Greater Cleveland area for 2020 according to Yelp Cleveland. Yelp Cleveland identified businesses in the soup category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors, including the total volume and ratings of reviews in 2020. This list looked at businesses in the following counties: Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage and Summit. We worked directly with Yelp Cleveland on this list to reflect accurate data.

Here are the results, broken down by county:

Cuyahoga County

No. 1

Munch A Simple Kitchen

Munch A Simple Kitchen

Munch A Simple Kitchen
– Photo courtesy of Lindsey C., via Yelp

28500 Miles Rd., Solon, 216-231-0922

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Great place! Fresh sandwiches and salads with homemade soups. I had the club sandwich on wheat bread. The bread was soft and tasty. Give this place a try.” – Scot F.

No. 2

LJ Shanghai

16 Things

Soup with handmade wontons at LJ Shanghai. David Petkiewicz, cleveland.com

3142 Superior Ave., Cleveland, 216-400-6936

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “…I ordered their soup dumpling as well as their spicy beef noodle soup – my two favorite dishes in Shanghainese cuisine. They were some of the best I’ve ever had…” – Anna L.

No. 3

Map of Thailand

Map of Thailand Seafood Coconut Soup

Seafood Coconut Soup from Map of Thailand
– Photo courtesy of Anthony T., via Yelp

3710 Payne Ave., Ste. 106, Cleveland, 216-361-2220

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “I love Map of Thailand. My sister and I stopped here while we were in Cleveland and were overjoyed that we did. I had the drunken noodles (the BEST I have ever tasted!!) and she had coconut soup and the mango fried rice, which were awesome, too. The food was hot, flavorful, and delicious! The service and the workers were very personable, friendly, and helpful…” – Natasha B.

No. 4

L’Albatros

L'Albatros French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup from L’Albatros
– Photo courtesy of Elise C., via Yelp

11401 Bellflower Rd., Cleveland, 216-791-7880

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “One of the best restaurants in Cleveland!… The French onion soup is also one of the best I’ve ever had. Portions are huge, too, which is always a plus! The ambiance at L’Albatros is very intimate and the waitstaff is kind and helpful when picking out a meal — very knowledgeable of the menu. Recommend to anyone in Cleveland or visiting Case Westerns campus” – Robinsue B.

No. 5

Souper Market – Midtown

Souper Market Chicken Noodle

Pulled Chicken Noodle soup from Souper Market
– Photo courtesy of Mason F., via Yelp

7501 Carnegie Ave., Cleveland, 216-361-1355

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Amazing soups. Love the vegan options. Definitely good for cold weather days…” – Jackie S.

No. 6

Joe’s Deli

Joe's Deli Clam Chowder

Clam Chowder from Joe’s Deli
– Photo courtesy of Naomi U., via Yelp

19215 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, 440-333-7890

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “The best deli in the Cleveland-ish area. Worth the wait. Food is amazing. Nice staff. Huge portions! I have yet to be disappointed with anything I have ordered. The German dumpling soup … is so wonderful you will want to get a bowl to go, as well. Great desserts, too!” – Christine M.

No. 7

Thai Thai

Thai Thai Yen Ta Fo (Pink Seafood Soup)

Yen Ta Fo (Pink Seafood Soup) from Thai Thai
– Photo courtesy of Leslie H., via Yelp

13415 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-4890

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Wait. Hold on. Why haven’t I been eating here every day??? This is the best Thai food I’ve had in at least two years. It is SO GOOD. Please go eat here immediately. I got Tom Kha and Kao Pad for myself, and Pad Thai for my boyfriend. Everything was on point. For sure the best coconut soup I’ve ever had (that’s the Tom Kha). We are so blown away.. thank you!!!” – Allison S.

No. 8

Wonton Gourmet & BBQ

Wonton Gourmet

You can’t go wrong with the Hong Kong noodle soup with three-flavor shrimp dumplings at Wonton Gourmet.The Plain Dealer

3211 Payne Ave., Cleveland, 216-875-7000

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Best Chinese food in Cleveland. Order the shrimp wonton soup with noodle and baked salt and pepper pork. If you haven’t tried these items, you haven’t actually eaten here.” – Maggie T.

No. 9

Lehman’s Deli

Lehman's Deli Lobster Bisque Soup

Lobster Bisque Soup from Lehman’s Deli
– Photo courtesy of Liz A., via Yelp

24961 Detroit Rd., Westlake, 440-871-3445

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Had a Reuben and bean soup and Italian wedding soup. All excellent. Also broccoli salad which was very fresh. All great.” – Phil B.

No. 10

Mizu Japanese Sushi Restaurant

Mizu Japanese Sushi Restaurant

Vegetable Soup from Mizu Japanese Sushi Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Ilona P., via Yelp

10219 Brookpark Rd., Parma, 216-898-0098

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “This was crazy good. I’ve never had crab rangoon like theirs…a hearty portion of crab meat with a little blob of cream cheese. Would definitely recommend it. And the Japanese cheese cake? I don’t normally order dessert, but I’m so glad I did! We got a variety of sushi, miso soup, some shrimp noodle dish, vegetable fried rice… Everything tasted so fresh and homemade. Will definitely be back if ever in Cleveland again!” – Suzzanne M.

No. 11

The Root Cafe

The Root Cafe Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup from The Root Cafe
– Photo courtesy of B.H., via Yelp

15118 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-4401

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “A vegan and vegetarian’s paradise, the Root Cafe offers a delightful array of options from a light meal or a post-workout carb load and refreshing beverages. The restaurant offers choices for making your own calzone or pizza. We ordered a coconut curry vegetable soup, which had a nice kick to it from the curry powder. The staff is professional and the place gives a San Francisco/Portland vibe. This place is a true gem in Cleveland.” – Dhanesh S.

No. 12

Bruno’s Ristorante

Bruno's Ristorante Wedding Soup

Wedding Soup from Bruno’s Ristorante
– Photo courtesy of Greg G., via Yelp

2644 W. 41st St., Cleveland, 216-961-7087

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Great Italian food, lovely atmosphere and overall good dining experience. The Italian wedding soup was delish.” – Nancy W.

No. 13

The Courtyard Cafe

The Courtyard Cafe French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup from The Courtyard Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Debra V., via Yelp

7600 Chippewa Rd., Brecksville, 440-526-9292

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Always a winner! Get the clam chowder on Fridays and don’t fall for “I will taste yours….” You will want it all for yourself!!… Prepare for a wait for excellent service, family-friendly atmosphere and knock-out desserts!” – Sue C.

No. 14

Ha Ahn Korean Restaurant

Ha Ahn Korean Restaurant Seafood tofu Soup

Seafood Tofu Soup from Ha Ahn Korean Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Henry L., via Yelp

3030 Superior Ave. E., Cleveland, 216-664-1152

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Small, cute Korean restaurant. The tteokboki and the soft tofu soup are must gets. Mind-blowing. I also got the hoe-deopbap which is a nice switch-up and is like a Korean poke bowl. Definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Cleveland.” – Derick Z.

No. 15

Townhall – Ohio City

Townhall Bone Broth

Bone Broth from Townhall
– Photo courtesy of Idy T., via Yelp

1909 W 25th St., Cleveland, 216-344-9400

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Everything was delicious…We had the deviled egg and nachos for starters. Both delicious! Special and yummy! Then my partner had a beef bone broth concoction he loved while I had the Thai peanut bowl. SO good. DO NOT LEAVE without having the butter cake. So homey and toasty and fresh all at the same time.” – Chris M.

No. 16

Matteo’s Casual Italian

Matteo's Casual Italian Potato Soup

Potato Soup from Matteo’s Casual Italian – Photo courtesy of Amanda T., via Yelp

8072 Columbia Rd., Olmsted Falls, 440-427-5400

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “…We love this place…Wedding soup is top-notch. We had scallops, eggplant and seafood pasta. All were amazing!!! – Debbi T.

No. 17

George’s Kitchen

George's Kitchen Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup from George’s Kitchen

13101 Triskett Rd., Cleveland, 216-671-0430

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “This place always has the best service. You get a ton of food for a low price. I got the walleye fish with french fries. It came with a small cup of coleslaw and soup. I got the Rosa Maria soup which is really good.” – Kathy M.

No. 18

Stone Oven Bakery Cafe – Cleveland Heights

Stone Oven Bakery Cafe

Stone Oven Bakery Cafe
– Photo courtesy of Matt. S., via Yelp

2267 Lee Rd., Cleveland, 216-932-3003

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Real simple…don’t miss the opportunity to eat here! The food is delicious and the employees are so kind and nice. Plenty of indoor and outdoor areas to eat. The gazpacho soup is heavenly!! Don’t miss this place!” – Matt S.

No. 19

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque from EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute
– Photo courtesy of Brian G., via Yelp

13101 Shaker Sq., Cleveland, 216-921-3333

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Made reservations for our anniversary at this cute little restaurant. The food was awesome, so beautifully plated, we ordered apps (salad and lobster bisque) and dessert. The Bananas Foster was phenomenal, they even cooked it in front of you! The service was great and attentive. The soup and salad were so delicious, we’ll be back!” – Melissa P.

No. 20

Taza A Lebanese Grill

Taza A Lebanese Grill Lentil Soup

Lentil Soup from Taza A Lebanese Grill
– Photo courtesy of Billy L., via Yelp

1400 W. 6th St., Cleveland, 216-274-1170

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Taza is SO GOOD. I recommend everything. Fattoush, hummus, vegetable soup, loubieh, chicken shawarma – you name it!” – Sof B.

No. 21

Thai Kitchen

Thai Kitchen Shrimp Tom Yum Noodle Soup

Shrimp Tom Yum Noodle Soup from Thai Kitchen
– Photo courtesy of Sara C., via Yelp

12210 Madison Ave., Lakewood, 216-226-4450

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “My boyfriend and I were craving Thai food today. We found Thai Kitchen and went in to eat some dinner. Everything was seriously so delicious!! We got satay, fresh rolls with shrimp, sticky rice, shrimp tom yum noodle soup, and shrimp pad thai. We ate every last drop of food. I also got a strawberry bubble tea smoothie which I wasn’t too sure about since it was a smoothie but it was so good I drank it all. The service was great and the atmosphere is very cute. Highly recommend:)” – Sara C.

No. 22

Bangkok Thai Cuisine

Bangkok Thai Cuisine Coconut Chicken Soup

Coconut Chicken Soup from Bangkok Thai Cuisine
– Photo courtesy of Jane W., via Yelp

5359 Mayfield Rd., Cleveland, 440-684-1982

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Love this place. Amazing food and great service. Everything is outstanding — love the coconut soup, crab rangoon, giant egg rolls. Always a great meal.” – Denyse C.

No. 23

Tartine Bistro

Tartine Bistro Vegan French Onion Soup

Vegan French Onion Soup from Tartine Bistro
– Photo courtesy of E.P., via Yelp

19110 Old Detroit Rd., Rocky River, 440-331-0800

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Tartine Bistro had a very cute atmosphere… We then got the regular french onion soup, which I highly recommend if you come for dinner. The broth had a lot of flavor! I’d give the soup itself 5 stars… Don’t skip dessert, the creme brûlée was amazing!!” – Kathleen F.

No. 24

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant

Pacific East Japanese Restaurant Lamb Soup

Lamb Soup from Pacific East Japanese Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Ha X., via Yelp

1763 Coventry Rd., Cleveland Heights, 216-320-2302

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This is literally the best sushi I have ever had. I cannot imagine sushi being better…The miso soup was also incredible. The service is friendly and fast. I couldn’t believe how fast they made the sushi. All the sushi was a very good size and the price considering was fair. I highly highly recommend this restaurant!” – Jeff M.

No. 25

Saigon Restaurant and Bar

Saigon Restaurant and Bar Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup from Saigon Restaurant and Bar
– Photo courtesy of Alisia F.

2061 E. 4th St., Cleveland, 216-344-2020

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Love this place!! They offer many Asian styles, and that is a bonus. From egg rolls to pho. Their wonton soup is the bomb!! Yummy and friendly.” – Jack S. M.

Geauga County

No. 1

Element 41

Element 41 Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup from Element 41
– Photo courtesy of Sally H., via Yelp

141 Main St., Chardon, 440-214-9011

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Great burgers and fries, the Road Trip series burgers have been so good. Soups here are really outstanding. The chef is very talented and makes a lot of great dishes. There is also a good beer selection and very good mixed drinks.” – Daniel D. M.

Lake County

No. 1

Mario Fazio’s Italian Restaurant

Mario Fazio's Italian Restaurant Wedding Soup

Wedding Soup from Mario Fazio’s Italian Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Cecilia S., via Yelp

34400 Chardon Rd., Willoughby Hills, 440-585-3883

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Food was amazing. The service was great. Can’t wait to go back. The chicken parm was so good and the Italian wedding soup was to die for.” – Brian K.

No. 2

Manhattan Deli

Manhattan Deli Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup from Manhattan Deli
– Photo courtesy of Tami W., via Yelp

8900 Mentor Ave., Ste. A, Mentor, 440-701-6102

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “Best thing in the house is the matzo ball soup. It’s worth a trip just for that….” – L.E.

No. 3

Thai 999 Express

Thai 999 Express Tom Kha Soup

Tom Kha Soup from Thai 999 Express
– Photo courtesy of Eriana R., via Yelp

9853 Johnnycake Ridge Rd., Ste. 4, Mentor, 440-350-1458

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “We needed a quick place to stop and pick up our food. We were in and out and the customer service was great! The food was great. The Tom Kha Soup and yellow curry were great.” – Dane S.

No. 4

Peties Family Restaurant

Peties Family Restaurant Wedding Soup

Wedding Soup from Peties Family Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Helene F., via Yelp

30150 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick, 440-943-5900

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Peties always has amazing food and reasonable prices. The portions are always big, and I’ve never tasted better wedding soup.” – Brian W.

No. 5

Hook & Hoof New American Kitchen and Cocktail

Hook & Hoof New American Kitchen and Cocktail

Hook & Hoof New American Kitchen and Cocktail
– Photo courtesy Hook & Hoof, via Yelp

4125 Erie St., Willoughby, 440-571-5312

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “The chef here is the REAL DEAL. Short ribs might be the best in Northeast Ohio. Lamb belly meatballs are delicious. His take on french onion soup is off the charts. Service was an A-plus. Decor is very cool. Felt like we were in the lower village in NYC.” – Guy T.

Lorain County

No. 1

Thai Chili

Thai Chili Tom Yum Soup

Tom Yum Soup from Thai Chili
– Photo courtesy of Olwen C., via Yelp

32730 Walker Rd., Ste. D3, Avon Lake, 440-933-8424

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “6 STARS! When I’m able to order my meal with a choice of protein, spicy level, and veggies…I am down!! The tom yum soup could cure the worst hangover. Bring back those chicken egg rolls.” – Jack S. M.

No. 2

Salad KraZe

Salad KraZe Chicken Paprikash Soup

Chicken Paprikash Soup from Salad KraZe
– Photo courtesy of Lisa B., via Yelp

690 Avon Belden Rd., Avon Lake, 440-933-9123

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Salads are always super fresh! Their chicken paprikash soup is perfection, too! I’ve tried a different salad each time I’ve gone and they’ve all been really good.” – Megan J.

No. 3

Nemo Grille

Nemo Grille Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque from Nemo Grille
– Photo courtesy of Leena J., via Yelp

36976 Detroit Rd., Avon, 440-934-0061

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “…I started with the crab bisque soup which was so good on this cold evening. I also had the mushroom gnocchi and it was amazing. It was a light fluffy gnocchi that was done well. can’t wait to come back with a bigger appetite!” – Laura T.

No. 4

Strip Steakhouse

Strip Steakhouse Lobster Bisque

Lobster Bisque from Strip Steakhouse
– Photo courtesy of Sheena W., via Yelp

36840 Detroit Rd., Avon, 440-934-9900

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This place is the real deal. We go a couple of times a year. It is always the tops. We went again today and as usual, it was outstanding. Great service, signature drinks, wine, starters, lobster bisque to die for, salads. entrees and deserts. The whole package.” – A.S.

No. 5

Blue Sky Restaurant

Blue Sky Restaurant French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup from Blue Sky Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Lauren B., via Yelp

917 N Leavitt Rd., Amherst, 440-984-2583

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “This place has awesome food at good prices and you get a lot. We frequent here at least 3 or more times a week and it’s always good. They have different specials every day that are delicious. Our favorites are the prime rib hoagie sandwich, chicken parmesan sandwich, and the green pepper soup (on Thursdays).” – Cynthia R.

No. 6

Midway Oh-Boy Restaurant

Midway Oh-Boy Restaurant Chicken Dumpling Soup

Chicken Dumpling Soup from Midway Oh-Boy Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Lisa B., via Yelp

6620 Lake Ave., Elyria, 440-324-3711

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “Most people come for the Oh Boy but for me, it’s the clam strips with oh boy sauce!! They also have delicious soups and mama joes pies…They also sell the sauce in larger tubs for home!” – Michelle V.

Medina County

No. 1

Larb Thai Restaurant

Larb Thai Restaurant Thom Yum Soup

Larb Thai Restaurant Thom Yum Soup
– Photo courtesy of Kristin C., via Yelp

452 Pearl Rd., Brunswick, 330-460-6213

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “We got takeout with tom kha (shrimp, medium spicy), tofu larb (spicy), and tofu kaprow (spicy). Our order was ready on time, and their curbside pickup was fast and convenient. The flavors were really on point, not many concessions were made to the western palate. The dishes we wanted spicy were hot, but not overwhelming. The shrimp in the tom kha were large and tasted fresh…Compares favorably to Thai restaurants in any major city. Come out and support a great family business!…” – Aashiq D.

No. 2

Thyme2

Thyme2 Steak Fajita Soup

Steak Fajita Soup from Thyme2
– Photo courtesy of Kamala B., via Yelp

113 W. Smith Rd., Medina, 330-764-4114

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Had a great meal here on Saturday evening…It was the first time for me, but my parents are huge fans of coming here. Now I can see why! I started with the bourbon smash (delicious!) and the roasted tomato soup, which was flavorful and not too heavy despite it being a warm summer day. The rest of my party had salads, which they said were really tasty. For entrees, we all had the filet mignon. My steak was cooked perfectly, and the sides were absolutely fantastic… a little twist on the usual steak and potatoes. The potato and cheese croquettes were crispy but light, and I always love to see rainbow chard — especially when it’s cooked with bacon. Our service was excellent, too. All in all, it was just a terrific meal and I hope to come back.” – Kat S.

No. 3

Hop Hing Chinese Restaurant

Hop Hing Chinese Restaurant

Hop Hing Chinese Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Rodney W., via Yelp

891 N. Court St., Medina, 330-722-6135

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “We ordered mu shu pork and General Tso’s with crab rangoon and egg drop soup. The food was, as always, delicious!…” – Jim H.

Portage County

No. 1

Twisted Meltz – Kent

Twisted Meltz

Twisted Meltz
– Photo courtesy of Twisted Meltz, via Yelp

164 B E. Main St., Kent, 330-968-4104

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample Review: “Absolutely delicious tomato bisque! And the grilled cheese really hit the spot. A must-stop whenever I come up here. Service was great and I appreciated the attention to sanitizing the tables between customers.” Kristen M.

Summit County

No. 1

Diamond Deli

Diamond Deli Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup from Diamond Deli
– Photo courtesy of Rachel S., via Yelp

378 S Main St., Akron, 330-762-5877

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “I am obsessed with the “On the Road Again” sandwich. The matzo ball soup is delicious as well. I crave the sandwich.” – Suzanne M.

No. 2

TAMR Mediterranean Grille

TAMR Mediterranean Grille Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup from TAMR Mediterranean Grille
– Photo courtesy of Marissa K., via Yelp

3226 Kent Rd., Stow, 330-686-3000

Yelp rating: 5 stars

Sample review: “Great lentil soup and food generally, great service with smiling faces. Glad I stopped here.” – Mehmet D.

No. 3

The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery

The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery  grilled cheese and tomato soup

Grilled cheese and Tomato Basil Soup from The Blue Door Cafe & Bakery
– Photo courtesy of Ariana B., via Yelp

1970 State Rd., Cuyahoga Falls, 330-926-9774

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Delicious food. Clean restaurant. Best tomato soup I’ve ever had! The grilled blue cheese sandwich with chicken and bacon was amazing! Chicken and waffles were also very tasty.” – Misty H.

No. 4

Niko’s Sandwich Board

Niko's Sandwich Board Matzo Ball Soup

Matzo Ball Soup from Niko’s Sandwich Board
– Photo courtesy of Staci R., via Yelp

1947 W. Market St., Ste. 104, Akron, 330-794-5444

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “My twentysomething and I agree on Nikos every time we get stuck on what to eat. She loved the combo special (”Niko Goes to CA” and matzo ball soup) and I tend to go for the big fat Greek salad. Always tasty and freshly made.” – Nancy P.

No. 5

Bangkok Thai Restaurant

Bangkok Thai Restaurant Ox Tail Pho Soup

Ox Tail Pho Soup from Bangkok Thai Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Bangkok Thai, via Yelp

3767 Darrow Rd., Stow, 330-615-7997

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Visiting from Atlanta, stopped in and ordered wonton soup. Best ever! – Don D.

No. 6

Rice Paper

Rice Paper Thom Yum Soup

Thom Yum Soup from Rice Paper
– Photo courtesy of Anthony A., via Yelp

3867 Medina Rd., Akron, 330-466-0499

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Amazing people! Have taken care of me and my family for years. Amazing Thai food is truly the best in the area. The red chicken curry level 3 is amazing!! So is the shrimp in a blanket and the tom yum soup. Everything’s amazing.” – Amaya H.

No. 7

Vasili’s Greek Cuisine

Vasili's Greek Cuisine Lemon Chicken Soup

Lemon Chicken Soup from Vasili’s Greek Cuisine
– Photo courtesy of Claire R., via Yelp

1702 Merriman Rd., Akron, 330-864-0722

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “We have eaten here a handful of times. And it’s good every time. Nice authentic Greek place with very friendly staff and a very clean dining area. The food is great! I’ve had salad, gyro, hummus, flaming cheese, lemon soup, baklava, and it’s all fresh and delicious. Can’t go wrong with a to-go or dine-in. Plenty of parking and prices are reasonable. Good portions, too. Good experience and we will continue to go back.” – Michelle O.

No. 8

Lock 15 Brewing Co.

Lock 15 Brewing Co. French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup from Lock 15 Brewing Co.
– Photo courtesy of Alyssa R., via Yelp

21 W. North St., Ste. TL 1, Akron, 234-900-8277

Yelp rating: 4.5 stars

Sample review: “Really enjoyed the food, service, and beer…We started with the hot tater kegs on the starters menu. These were excellent. They had a nice kick to them and the cheese sauce was really good…My wife ordered the cauliflower soup and said it was excellent. Looked to have olive oil drizzled on top and sprinkled with some chili powder…” – Don W.

No. 9

Olesia’s Taverne

Olesia's Taverne Soup Flight

Soup Flight from Olesia’s Taverne
– Photo courtesy of Kim K., via Yelp

3960 Broadview Rd., Richfield, 234-400-0288

Yelp rating: 4 stars

Sample review: “I took my parents here to celebrate their anniversary. Its decor was lovely and the staff was very friendly. We started with happy hour in the bar. Some highlights were: the pierogies, the meat pies and the short rib sliders! I tried the beet vodka martini which was unique and refreshing. For dinner, I highly recommend the pork schnitzel and the stuffed cabbage. We also tried the lobster bisque — so yummy with big chunks of seafood! We really enjoyed the Ukrainian dishes! Can’t wait to return!” – Aleece O.

No. 10

Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant

Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant Wonton Soup

Wonton Soup from Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant
– Photo courtesy of Aimee G., via Yelp

326 S. Main St., Akron, 330-434-2876

Yelp rating: 3.5 stars

Sample review: “High-quality Asian food! The Thai beef noodle soup and seafood hot pot are excellent, as well as the sushi.” – Kenneth P.

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