It was a warm, fall Sunday when my wife and I stopped by Her Soup Kitchen for lunch. The restaurant was buzzing with people, every table was filled, and we were not the only ones waiting for a much sought after seat. It didn’t take long – maybe five minutes – before a table opened up and we were seated with a refreshing glass of cucumber water before us. On Sundays they have a special brunch menu in addition to their usual lunch offerings, and written on a large chalkboard behind the register are the seasonal specials: currently a pear and Brie sandwich, and a cranberry turkey sandwich. As vegetarians, we were pleased with the fairly sizable selection of menu items available to us. My wife and I split a Roasted Portobello sandwich with their house salad and a cup of Spinach Tortellini soup.
In such a small, quaint space, working with relatively few ingredients, the quality of the food is the first to get scrutinized. There is a calmness, a coolness, that exudes from everywhere in the restaurant, and it is most evident in their food. What kind of food? Mainly sandwiches. And not complicated ones either. At Her Soup Kitchen, quality ingredients and simple concepts are all it takes to set them apart from the pack.
It is clear that the people who run this restaurant not only like to eat well, but also value good service. I never once felt stress coming from the open kitchen, even though it was evident that there was a long line of tickets the cooks were occupied with knocking down. This is not an in-and-out type of place, it is a restaurant that invites you to sit down and enjoy what has been created. And with all sandwiches served with a side salad or cup of soup for under $10, that is exactly what you want to do.