This long-underutilized venue, catty-corner from the KAEF studios and the SBDC office, opened to what have been pretty close to rave reviews. They’ve been open since Hallowe’en and are owned by the same wonderful lady, Christine, who brought us the Humboldt Soup Company. I finally got there Thursday.
We arrived at 130 and the place was pretty empty, which was a good thing because the seating is extremely uncomfortable- we had a choice between high barstools that I couldn’t even sit in and rickety seats at a wobbling table. We snagged one of the banquettes and things immediately improved.
I had the blue cheese burger, which I ordered well-done. I usually don’t worry about degree of doneness with a burger- it’s a burger, right?- but at this place they ASK you how you want it. Mine was pretty darned pink for well-done but I ate it; it was basically an excellent burger. But the surprise was the onion rings. They were THE BEST I HAVE EVER HAD. I hope it wasn’t a fluke. They were crispy, light. Just incredible.
My friend had a plain burger which she enjoyed and she also thought the rings were incredible. They also have fish tacos and a lamb burger- lots to explore on future visits.
No website. Like a lot of restaurants locally they are trying to get by with just a Facebook page. Get a website, folks. You’re ready.
Here’s the announcement, from their Facebook page. “Humboldt Soup Company is looking for a part time customer service/counter person. Want to work in a fast paced environment? Have a passion for customer service? Love food and all the goodness that it shares? Are you able to smile through the pressure? We want to meet you! Experience not required but it helps. Smiley faces move to the front of the line. No drops ‘ins or phone calls please. For consideration please submit resume or letter of interest to: email@example.com Good Luck!”
HSC has become one of my favorite places and Christine, the owner, is hardworking and sincere in her effort to provide fresh and local produce. If you get hired, you’ll see me frequently. Good luck!
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 somesandwiches. 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!
..is holding its official opening tomorrow. Here’s a link to the menu as posted on Facebook (they don’t have their website operational yet) so you can check it out before lunch tomorrow ’cause it sounds like there’s going to be a stampede. You have to scroll down aways to see the whole menu. The beet salad sounds incredible. Good luck to them!