The ramen at Yume Wo Katare is served Jiro-style, which means the soup is packed with lots of fat (giving it lots of flavor), dense noodles, and a pile of pork. A never-ending line snakes out the door; portions are so huge that those who finish receive congratulations from the waiting crowd. /// YUME WO KATARE, 1923 MASSACHUSETTS AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE, 617-714-4008, YUMEWOKATARE.COM
Zo offers eight or so varieties of soup a day, about half of which rotate based on the season. Year-round favorites include Hungarian mushroom and avgolemono (Greek lemon, chicken, and rice). In the cold New England winter, look for the lamb chili. /// ZO, 3 CENTER PLAZA, BOSTON, 617-227-0101, AND 92 STATE STREET, BOSTON (NO PHONE), ZOBOSTON.COM
At any of the whopping 83 Boston-area Panera locations, pair a chunk of the bakery-cafe’s fresh bread with its tried-and-true soups like chicken noodle and broccoli cheddar, including a nice variety of vegetarian choices. /// PANERA, PANERA.COM
Spoodles Soup Factory is a destination for chili lovers because this Foxborough “factory” regularly rotates several varieties onto its menu. In winter, there can be as many as 15 soups on offer, ranging from the conventionally comforting (chicken noodle) to unusual but pleasing, like chipotle sweet potato or chicken enchilada. /// SPOODLES SOUP FACTORY, 42 CENTRAL STREET, FOXBOROUGH, 508-543-0058, SPOODLESSOUPFACTORY.COM
Unassuming and tucked in with chain restaurants, Back Bay Vietnamese gem Pho & I offers some of the city’s best pho — the tangy, brothy soup that’s typically served with bean sprouts, basil, and a wedge of lime. There are 15 soups on the menu and prices are reasonable, too: None of the jumbo-size soup entrees exceeds $9. /// PHO & I, 267 HUNTINGTON AVENUE, BOSTON, 617-262-0011, PHOANDIBOSTON.COM
The New England clam chowder at Legal Sea Foods is so delicious it has been served at every presidential inauguration since 1981, but the home-grown chain’s 21 Boston-area locations regularly offer four seafood soups, including lobster bisque. Legal’s soup lands at the table in record time, so you can enjoy it while your bread’s still hot. /// LEGAL SEA FOODS, LEGALSEAFOODS.COM
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