The Humboldt Soup Company opened for business in early December to an enormous fanfare of reviews and gossip. People were realy jazzed about it and for a few weeks it seemed to be attracting crowds. Now the hubbub has subsided. The Yelp review count is roughly divided with about four more positive than negative reviews. Practically all the Yelp reviews mention prices.
Price jumps out as an issue because the little 8-ounce cups of soup that go for $3.99 DO seem pathetically small, especially when the soup is particularly good. But we ‘re getting ahead of ourselves.
The soup selections when we went last week were as follows:
Farmers’ Market Vegetable: plenty of vegetables , including broccoli. I though it was a bit light on flavor but it improved a whole lot with a slug of Lea & Perrins and I finished every drop.
Tuscan Turkey Sausage: This soup got most of its flavor from the sausage, strong fennel flavor. Pretty good.
Smoked Ham & White Bean- my friend complained that hers wasn’t thick like mine but mine was fine.
Coconut Chicken and Curry: WE HAVE A WINNER. This was the best soup I’ve had in a while and I’d go out of my way to get it again. Absolutely scrumptious! Terrific!
Now, about those prices. HSC doesn’t have a functioning website and they present their menu on a Facebook page with a photo that looks like a selfie- blurred. The cups of soup go for $3.99, the 16-oz bowls for $6.99, which seems like a much better deal. They have a good selection of salads and some sandwiches. My friend had the pulled pork, which she pronounced fine. There’s enough on the menu to explore that I forsee several upcoming visits. They really do stress local ingredients and in that context, they are not overpriced. The staff are excellent.
So there it is. I’d go back. And I’ll get a bowl of the Coconut Chicken Curry next time. Definitely an upgrade from Church’s!