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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