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Scan the chalkboard menu for the rich, cheesy cheddar-Bermuda onion, the wild rice and duck and, on occasion, the belly-soothing, stewy yet creamy pork-based Mario’s Barrio.
Bowls are served with a hearty scoop of rice and (often) topped with crème fraîche. And the Bros’ warm, crusty sourdough bread? So good.
Two soup sizes, $5-$8.
Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Fri-Sat 11a.m.-3 p.m.
209 W. Florida St.
Three sizes, $4.90- $12.90.
Tues-Sat 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
3329 W. Lisbon Ave.
Be sure to eyeball the daily specials board: Creamy corn chipotle, beef barley and especially Thai curry are worthy ones.
$3.95 and up.
Mon-Thurs 10:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Sat 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
3950 S. Howell Ave.
Three sizes, $4.25-$8.75.
Mon-Fri 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat-Sun 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
4156 N. Oakland Ave.; 8683 N. Port Washington Rd, Fox Point.
Choose jasmine rice or noodles for a base and co-owner Ruby Erickson ladles the goodness on top. Tikka masala, a creamy tomato-based curry, is delish.
Three sizes, $6-$8. Cash only!
Mon-Fri 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
324 E. Michigan St.
The man behind the bisqueWhen Soup Brothers brought Walker’s Point to a rolling boil back in 1998, that meant long lines and the colorful personality of owner Richard Regner. And the soups were entirely soul-satisfying.
Regner credits his red pepper bisque, a two-decade constant. “We are the House of Bisque,” as he puts it. Ladling out hearty bowls and wedges of warm, poppyseeded sourdough is one of Regner’s talents. Building a dining area decorated with objects arty or obsolete is another.
Next to the counter, where Regner commands a cash register and mobile payment system (the dark age of cash-only is over!), is a shelving unit displaying an iPod “graveyard.” Apple technology is an easy way to engage Regner in conversation. So is music. The soup shack’s playlist swings from flamenco to ragtime to a recording of a space shuttle landing. Here, the humble soup steps out of the shadows.