There is no denying that winter is here, and nothing cures the winter blues quite like a warm cup of soup. We’ve got the lowdown on the best places to find vegan soup to get you through this chilly season.
6749 Westnedge Ave.
This soup-centered chain features twelve rotating soups, with vegan-friendly options, each day. The vegan soups include frontier 7 bean, Italian pasta and vegetables, North Indian lentil, tomato cabbage, tomato spinach and brown rice, tomato vegetables, vegetable bounty, veggie waves of grain, wild mushroom barley, vegetarian split pea, spicy black bean chili, rustic vegetable bean, and quinoa veggie kale superfood. Feeling overwhelmed with all these choices? Zoup! lets you try before you buy. And don’t stop there. Zoup! offers plenty of vegan bread options including: country French, French, multigrain, and sourdough. Their bread bowl (bread boule) is vegan as well!
Unfortunately, the Singapore squash soup is NOT vegan as it contains honey. On a lighter note, Zoup! uses vegetarian Worcestershire rather than the original recipe which contains anchovies.
2. Studio Grill
312 W Michigan Ave.
Studio grill serves up vegan chili on the daily. Try pairing a bowl with the hummus plate appetizer, a fresh salad, or vegan pancakes. Hey, why not?! And if that isn’t what you’re craving, try the chili atop an Ope’s black bean burger smothered in hummus a.k.a. the Vegan Texas Tank.
507 Harrison St.
When it comes to local, delicious food, the co-op doesn’t disappoint. And when it comes to vegan soup, this notion remains true. The rotating vegan soups include: 3-bean pumpkin chili, ginger carrot, curried black eyed pea, white bean and kale, creamy tomato spinach, African ground nut, Mayan black bean chili, red lentil, divine vegetable, minestrone with orzo, Russian Schi cabbage, and immune-boosting miso. Don’t forget that PFC offers an abundance of other ready-to-eat vegan options including: curry tofu wraps, veggie sushi, oatmeal cream sandwich cookies, salad bar creations, and rotating vegan entrees on the hot bar. Pick and choose to create your own warming comfort meal.
4. Water Street
Downtown, Oakland Drive, and Portage locations
Head over to one of the many locations and try out the rotating vegan soup options. Vegan soups include, but are not limited to, sweet potato coconut, hot and sour mushroom, Indian lentil, and veggie chili. Check out our recent post on Water Street’s newest vegan options for more information.
5. Panera Bread
If your craving leads you to this soup and sandwich chain, opt for the black bean soup or garden vegetable when ordered without pesto. While these soups have taken a fall break, Panera’s customer care center reassures that the hiatus is only temporary. We can expect to see these options back this winter. When these classics come back around, try it in a sourdough bread bowl for a delicious meal or pair it with the Mediterranean veggie sandwich without cheese. If you’re feeling lazy or under the weather, one word: delivery.
While this burrito chain may not seem like it belongs on our soup list, the tortilla soup is delicious and totally vegan! Try it as a side or jazz up it up with beans, rice, veggies, guacamole, and tortilla chips. The Tex-Mex flair is sure to warm your soul and get you through the winter.
125 S Kalamazoo Mall Dr.
Tucked away in downtown Kalamazoo, this market serves up delicious ready-to-eat foods from their hot bar, salad bar, and deli cases. The staff keeps a few vegan soups on rotation, and while they switch up the soups often, their current vegan favorites include Lebanese lentil as well as red bean and rice with kale. Take a seat in the cozy nook, or take your soup for a walk and enjoy the holiday décor.
Anja Grommons is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at WMU currently working toward a Masters of Arts in Family and Consumer Science. Growing up in her parents’ restaurant in northern Michigan instilled in her a lifelong passion for both nutrition and cooking.