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Where is the Best Soup in the NoHo Area for Cold and Cough Season?

Craving a hot soup to help ease that runny nose? Here are some local spots to get your fix of warm comfort foods.

The buzz is loud and clear: we’re in full swing of the flu bug. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the flu season got a head start this time around, and that “activity remains high in the United States.”

As I spent the past week glued to my tissue box, I craved a warm and hearty soup to get me through the sore throat, sniffles and sinus pressure. Ultimately, I opted for a can of Campbell's at home rather than risk spreading my germs to the general public.

I’m not the only person craving comfort food this time of year. I called Four 'N 20 in Valley Village, and the resaurant staff told me they’ve definitely noticed an increase in orders for soups and pastas over the last few weeks.

If you’re in need of more than your typical chicken soup to feed that cold, here are some local options for when you’re brave enough to venture out from under that comfy blanket. While it's not recommended to be out and about when you're feeling under the weather, these places do offer a pick-up option.

Miyako Sushi, 5005 Lankershim Boulevard, NoHo Arts District.

The miso soup is among the reasons Miyako is my favorite sushi spot. I've searched high and low for a great soup and theirs is still my No. 1, hands-down.

Four ‘N 20, 4723 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village.

Their soup menu includes their vegetarian-friendly minestroganoff, tortilla soup, clam chowder (served Fridays only), and chili for both meat-eaters and vegetarians.

MP’s Soul Food Eatery, 5643 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood.

The ultimate spot for comfort food, MP’s serves Southern-cooked, home-style meals that might make your cardiologist disapprove, but will be sure to make a happy tummy.

Russian Dacha Café, 5338 Laurel Canyon Blvd., Valley Village.

Try this Eastern European restaurant’s hot vegetable and meat borsch soup to keep you warm. They also offer spinach borsch, solyanka soup, beef stroganoff, pork stew and rabbit stew.

Coley’s Jamaica’s Best Cuisine, 18042 Magnolia Blvd., NoHo Arts District.

Chicken soup and gumbo are among the menu options at this Caribbean food spot.

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Jean Jeunet January 19, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Has anyone tried the soups at the new Thai Noodle soup joint on Vineland?
Jean Cameo January 19, 2013 at 05:56 AM
Sattdown Jamaican Restaurant on Ventura Blvd and Eureka is my home away from home. I just phone Chef Tony and tell him I have a bad cold, etc. I need Soup! He whips up my perfect "medicine"! His great soups work everytime!
Steve Silvas January 19, 2013 at 06:02 PM
Anita's chunky Italian tomato at hallenbecks is my favorite!
David Rivers January 19, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I want to try the butternut squash soup from bow&truss.
Audrey Coley January 19, 2013 at 06:25 PM
So happy Coley's Jamaica's Best restaurant made your list because our soup is definitely rated among the best for fighting the cold. Made with lean chunks of chicken, a medley of fresh vegetables and dumplings, Coley's famous chicken soup has been a popular choice not only during the flu season and cold wintertime days but just about every day!
Al January 19, 2013 at 09:44 PM
Ahhhh, Coral Cafe on magnolia and Hollywood Way! Alway have four to six homemade soups everyday. Always been my "soup stop" on chilly winter evenings. :D
Bruce Mitchell January 20, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Wow. So glad you wrote this article, and also for the comments following. I am fairly new to the area so was unaware of any of these recommended restaurants. Now I'm gonna try then all! :)
Sharon Severson January 21, 2013 at 02:30 AM
We prefer the Pho from Summer Canteen delivered to our door. No reason to get out of my pajamas, can even order online.

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