When we heard The Soup Nazi was going to be in The Circle City, at a soup festival nonetheless, Mojo Munchies had to investigate. So we ventured to the south side last weekend to partake in the Indy Soup Fest at Primo Banquet Hall and we’re here to say: the event did not disappoint.
For just $8, attendees were given a generous five tasting tickets with the option to purchase additional tickets if, at the end of five small cups of soup, they still had room for more. A portion of the proceeds were donated to Gleaners Food Bank – a local non-profit organization we’re sure all of our zombies readers are quite familiar with.
Fifteen local Indianapolis restaurants were on site to serve their finest and most creative soups to those seeking adventurous varieties of everyone’s favorite winter comfort food. Naptown residents showed up in hordes to try the best of the best and cast their vote for their favorites.
We tried traditional soups such as fire roasted tomato bisque and loaded potato, but we also pushed the boundaries trying less common soups such as Mulligatawny, a delicious curry-based soup with sweet hints of apple (it’s the infamous soup that Kramer sought in the iconic Seinfeld episode featuring The Soup Nazi) and even Popcorn Lobster Bisque – a unique combination of caramel corn and butter-drenched lobster.
However, none of them stood out more than Circle City Soup’s Brown Butter, Mushroom and Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onion and Bacon soup. The texture was smooth (that’s because their mushrooms are pulverized, not diced) and the flavor bounced all over our palate leaving us wanting more!
(full disclosure: we went back for seconds)
So when we heard Circle City Soups were awarded the grand prize – Best Soup in the City – we couldn’t have been more thrilled. Here’s how the final votes fell:
- Best Cream Based Soup: Your Local Deli – Portabello Mushroom Soup
- Best Broth Based Soup: Circle City Spuds – Wild Mushroom Soup
- Most Creative Soup: Artisan Foodworks – Popcorn and Lobster Bisque
- Best Vegetarian Soup: Bluebeard/Amelia’s – Salsify Puree
- Best Gluten Free Soup: Artisan Foodworks – Popcorn Lobster Bisque
- BEST SOUP IN THE CITY: CIRCLE CITY SOUP – Brown Butter, Mushroom and Gorgonzola with Caramelized Onion and Bacon
Be sure to follow Indy Soup Fest on Facebook so you can catch all the details for their 2016 event, or else… NO SOUP FOR YOU!
(sorry – we had to)