The 10 Best Soups of Happy Valley
It's soup season, and if you haven't tried the comfort-food favorites on this list, you don't know what you're missing.
From the best lobster bisque you might ever have, to authentic southern gumbo, to a classic grilled cheese and tomato soup done very right... warm up with these bowls of goodness!
Their lobster bisque is listed as “a Nittany Lion Inn tradition.” By this, they mean that it will make such an impression on you that you’ll come back again and again for it. Yes, it's that good. Or, you can try the quinoa and summer squash soup or house-made soup of the day, which are always just as good.
200 W Park Ave., State College; 800-233-7505
With a cozy, attractive interior, the ambiance is just as warming as the soups here at Mario’s. The menu offers traditional Italian options like housemade minestrone, tomato “parmigiana”, and traditional wedding soup.
1272 N Atherton St., State College; 814-234-4273
You can’t go wrong dining at the Carnegie Inn. A Penn State landmark steeped in tradition and class, this is a unique State College dining experience. This winter, the menu features a delectable wild mushroom and thyme soup, packed with herbs and creaminess.
100 Cricklewood Dr., State College; 814- 234-2088
Another undeniable State College landmark is the iconic Corner Room. The traditional meeting place of Penn Staters, this casual restaurant has some great, hearty soups to choose from, like famous Corner Chili and New England clam chowder. But we highly recommend going on Grilled Cheese Wednesday for a phenomenal specialty grilled cheese and their homemade creamy tomato and basil soup.
100 W College Ave., State College; 814-237-3051
If you want to take your soup slurping a different route, take it to Big Bowl Noodle House for just what the name says: a big bowl of noodle soup. This place is well-loved in State College and serves about 15 different choices of noodle soups with 6 choices of noodles, including wonton, pho, and dumplings.
428 E College Ave., State College; 814-867-1534
Go outside your comfort zone and take a little trip to the Mediterranean. Make the journey to The Greek and check out their two unique soups. Their old family recipe tomato basil soup is self-explanatory, but consider trying the Chicken Avgolemono: a hearty Greek chicken and rice soup.
102 E Clinton Ave., State College; 814-308-8822
We promise you: the soups here are out. Of. This. World. Whether you get the smoked buffalo chicken soup with blue cheese and crostini, the Heartland soup with Angus beef, or their perfect French onion, you’re going to want seconds and thirds—no question about it.
1 Country Club Ln., State College; 814-234-8000
For some Vietnamese flair, Pho 11 is the place to go. All of their delicious noodle soups are made with yummy broths and quality additions like wontons, brisket and fresh veggies—and they’re good enough to turn you into a pho addict!
146 N Atherton St., State College; 814-231-1367
Voted State College’s Best Ethnic Restaurant eight years in a row, Herwig’s offers an authentic taste of Austrian cuisine. The restaurant has a super fun atmosphere with a friendly staff, and their soups are one of the things they're known for. They serve a different delicious homemade soup each day, our personal favorites being the gnocchi and vegetable and the "Frittatensuppe," made with herbed crepes, chives and beef broth.
132 W College Ave., State College; 814-272-0738
Last but definitely not least, Gigi's has perfected laid-back, sophisticated southern food, which means that their gumbo is out of this world. Made with local andouille and chicken, and options for free-range egg drop, crawfish and lobster, it's southern comfort gumbo the way it's meant to be!
2080 Cato Ave., State College; 814-861-3463