November 25, 2008

Chicken Chipolté [sic] Soup from the Soup Shack

Rating: ■■■■□ 4/5 “Really Liked it”

Reviewed by Craig Dugas.

Chipotle is one of those delicate, misunderstood ingredients.  Why is it that the smoked jalapeño spice can taste delicious in one food, but offensive in another?  This two-face seasoning often challenges… nay, dares you to try a new food.  Enter Chicken Chipotle soup.

Luck was on our side that day, as this soup tasted neither bland, nor dirty.  It was full of flavor.  Mouthfeel was excellent, nice and creamy smooth with an Hispanic touch.  With that being said – the soup could survive without the chicken.  Yes, I am proposing Chipotle soup.  The chicken is dark, stringy and chewy – none of the things I enjoy in chicken.  In the soup’s defense, it probably added to the flavor, and for that I am thankful.  Enjoying the soup for soup’s sake and leaving behind a few solids in the cup never hurt anyone.

Complimentary “toppins” include sour cream, cheddar cheese and tortilla strips.  For some added heat, have them toss in a few jalapeño slices.



Buffalo Pot Pie Soup from the Soup Shack

Rating: ■■■□□ 3/5 “Liked it”

Reviewed by Eric Barnes.

Last time I reviewed Starky’s chicken pot pie soup. This time, continuing with the pot pie theme, I decided to try the Soup Shack’s buffalo variety. The beefy taste was not disappointing. It was packed full of meat and vegetables and tasted great with some bow-tie pasta and cheddar cheese as toppings.

However, it doesn’t stand a chance against the addictive qualities of the chicken pot pie soup. The main reason is because it didn’t come with the crust crumbs. The crust is what defines a pot pie. The Soup Shack’s buffalo pot pie is lacking that foundation. As such, they would be better off calling it a stew.

On the other hand, the buffalo soup definitely had a lot more meat than the chicken pot pie. All-in-all, it was a likeable soup.


November 20, 2008

Chicken Pot Pie Soup from Starky’s

Rating: ■■■■□ 4/5 “Really liked it”

Reviewed by Eric Barnes (November 20, 2008)

When I ordered the Chicken Pot Pie soup from Starky’s, the man at the counter asked me if it was the first time I had ever ordered it. Upon answering in the affirmative, the man warned me that it would become an obsession. “People get upset if we don’t have that soup,” he told me.

And he was right. The soup is very good.

The picture below doesn’t do it justice. It is thick and creamy, filled with potatoes, peas, carrots, celery, green beans, and other vegetables. What is unique about the soup is they give you a little container of pie crust crumbs, which you can sprinkle on top of the soup. It tastes just like the home-made version your mother would make. Mmmm.

My only complaint would be the lack of chicken. There wasn’t nearly enough meat for it to be like an authentic pot pie.

But you can’t beat the price (especially for Starky’s): the 20-oz soup was $5.75, which includes a side (in my case some classic corn bread).

Hello, sweet obsession…