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Pennsyltucky Veggie Awards 2012 – Best Soup

Fiddlehead – 11-bean Soup

The Pennsyltucky Veggie 2012- Best Soup award goes to Fiddlehead in State College. From Sweet Potato to Tomato Basil to good and Hearty 11-Bean, they are dedicated to having a daily vegetarian soup on the menu and each is more delicious than the next. Many times the soups are vegan or can be made so by leaving off a vegetarian topping like the creative blueberry coulis that topped one chilled soup this past summer.

Fiddlehead – Sweet Potato

Other Fiddlehead vegetarian options over the past year have included (v = vegan): Cream of Mushroom, Mushroom Bisque, Carmelized Onion & White Bean, Roasted Vegetable (v), Roasted Red Pepper with Cilantro Lime Cream as well as Spinach & Rice with Lemon (v). For daily updates, check out their Twitter Feed.

Espresso Yourself Cafe- Chilled Avocado Gazpacho

All of the vegetarian soups in Pennsyltucky were judged on availability, flavor, texture, choice of ingredients, appropriate temperature, creativity, presentation and use of local ingredients. Other restaurants had some super soups but Fiddlehead always had an outstanding vegetarian soup on its menu every time we checked in.

Slurping vegetarian soup in as many central Pennsylvania restaurants as I possibly can is really no hardship for me; I chose to spend one birthday on what I called a local Soupcation. The biggest challenge was finding restaurants that were dedicated to having at least one vegetarian soup on their menu every day.

Otto’s Pub and Brewery – Vegan Gumbo

Jayiid Harvest in Harrisburg has a lot of great vegetarian food but their soups are not their strong point. I found even better vegan and vegetarian soup specials in 2012 at many first-rate restaurants in Central PA. Each restaurant had so many outstanding soups, unique in their own right, pleasant seasonal choices with carefully chosen local ingredients. After my bursting at the seams with soup this year, it was honestly close to being a 4 way tie for this award. I enjoyed every cup, every bowl that the chefs created.

Cherry Alley Café – Plantain Vegetable

Actually, second place was a 3 way tie between last year’s award winning Espresso Yourself Cafe in Newport, Otto’s Pub and Brewery in State College and Cherry Alley Café in Lewisburg. As the staff of Cherry Alley Café said, “Nine times out of ten,” they have a vegetarian soup on the menu. So many great soups but it means checking the online specials or calling ahead to know whether or not you can count on enjoying one from day to day.

Consistent in quality, using local ingredients and dedicated to having vegetarian soup as a fresh daily menu item, kudos goes to Fiddlehead (restaurant review in full here) for being awarded Pennsyltucky Veggie 2012 Best Soup.Do you know of a Pennsyltucky restaurant’s soups that you think can beat the pants off of these in 2013? If it’s in central PA (see map here) and is a regular vegetarian menu item, let me know and I will include it in the judging next year! Drop me, Pennsyltucky Veggie, a line or feel free to leave a comment!

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About trueindigo

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