La Brochette Bistro - Cooper City, FL

March 19th, 2015


Fantastic main courses and specials at this French restaurant featuring a Lebanese chef.  But I expected much more from the F.O.S.  The potato chips on top are a cute touch and are unintrusive.  But the cheese is not one of the French standards, but likely a mozzarella.  The broth was also a bit bland.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

I have some competition???

February 3rd, 2015

There’s a guy named Lochei in Western New York who has started his own Onion Soup Blog, located at

It seems mostly limited to upstate NY, but WOW there seems to be a lot of o-soup there! 

Yard House - Hallendale Beach, FL

October 20th, 2014


Another inconsistent showing.  Both of these pictures were taken during lunch at the same restaurant within a couple of months of each other (the crappy looking one is more recent).  This is a chain restaurant, so I guess it shouldn’t be surprising.

Rating 6.0 out of 10

Zinc Bistro - Scottsdale, AZ

July 31st, 2014


I had very high hopes for this soup, and I guess I can say that I wasn’t disappointed.  I became confused, however, when Staci (my wife) said that the broth was bland.  I found it anything but bland, and she’s got a very good pallette.  I didn’t think it could possibly make a difference, but I tried a taste of her soup and believe it or not it was completely bland!  I have no idea how that happened. If I had to rate hers, it would have been a 6, while mine would have been an 8.  I will split the difference, and call it inconsistent.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Turtle Jack’s - Guelph, Ontario

June 24th, 2014


 As you can see from the picture, the cheese is grossly misconfigured, which is a shame, because it was of good quality and the broth was okay too.

Rating 5.0 out of 10

Crabby Joe’s - Guelph, Ontario

June 23rd, 2014


This is a chain restaurant in Canada.  Although they use mozzarella cheese, it is high quality and well seasoned, and the broth was decent, although a bit salty.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Billy Martin’s Tavern - Washington, DC

July 23rd, 2013


This restaurant, founded in 1933, is steeped in history.  JFK and Jackie became engaged in the booth right next to ours.  We were in booth 4 and Jack proposed in booth 3 (so close that I can now call him Jack).  Although the soup uses a pedestrian provalone, the broth was nicely done.

Rating: 7 out of 10

Cowboys BBQ and Steak Co. - Orlando, FL

June 13th, 2013


Very unimpressive.  The broth was weak and cheese was really bland.  If you’re looking for o-soup at a cheap price, you might want to try this place, but you get what you pay for.

Rating 3.5 out of 10

The Georgian - Seattle, WA

August 1st, 2012


We all know that the “traditional” cheese for French Onion Soup is Gruyere.  However, I’ve rated highly some soups that depart from the traditional route and have added some adventure to the mix.  I’ve really enjoyed soups with comté, jarlsberg, fontina, and a few others.  Typically, soups with provalone, mozzarella, or cheaper swiss gets a “pedestrian” rating from me, as these are not adventurous at all; they’re just a cheap cop-out.

What we have here at The Georgian (located in the Fairmont Olympic hotel in Seattle) is certainly not a cheap cop-out.  It may be the most expensive of the cheese adventures I’ve come across in onion soup. The problem is that it is horrible! I can’t imagine why someone would come up with the idea of putting blue cheese in French Onion Soup.  Being a turophile, I’ve enjoyed my share of blue cheese.  But this combination is simply ill-advised.  What made it worse was that you could tell that the broth was outstanding!  They must have spent hours caramelizing the onions and making the broth just right, only to have the taste completely overwhelmed by blue cheese.

This is a fancy restaurant, with plenty of charm.  I think they tried to get too fancy with this soup.  I always say, “Any French Onion Soup is better than no onion soup,” and I even order some of the bad ones from here if I find myself at those restaurants.  But there’s no way I would ever have this soup again!

Rating: 0.5 out of 10

On The Menu - Plantation, FL - CLOSED

June 4th, 2012


This restaurant is in an unassuming office building, and (despite its name) is a french bistro.  They have a lunch version and a dinner version of French Onion Soup.  The lunch version is described as using a lower cost cheese, and indeed the cost of the soup is much lower.  Although not written on the lunch menu, the dinner soup can be ordered at lunch time (at the dinner price).  I have not yet tried the lunch version, and can’t imagine that I ever will.  The dinner version was quite good.  They use an excellent gruyere, that was a bit too much stuck to the bread.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10

The Oaks Restaurant - Houston, TX

January 24th, 2012


This restaurant is located in The Rotary House International, which is a hotel on the campus of MD Anderson.  The soup is not very good, but I wasn’t expecting much, considering the venue.  Very little, cheap cheese, with a flavorless broth.

Rating 5.0 out of 10

Bokamper’s Sports Bar & Grill - Miramar, FL

December 28th, 2011


This restaurant is the latest of sports bars from the “Killer B’s” from the Miami Dolphins’ memorable years.  I have reviewed Bru’s Room in the past, and this place has basically the same menu.  The soup is also extremely similar, and therefore gets the same rating.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Morton’s - Boca Raton, FL

December 13th, 2011


Not all Morton’s serve F.O.S. for all of their meals, so it is wise to check before going there.  Of course, if they are not serving it, go somewhere else in protest.  Apparently, the one in Boca serves it for both lunch and dinner.  The broth was pretty good, but there was a clear lack of cheese.  The cheese itself was just “okay”.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

East City Grill - Weston, FL CLOSED

October 25th, 2011


Lots of paprika on here, as you can see.  Good broth, with provolone cheese.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Kris’s Restaurant - Palmetto Bay, FL

October 21st, 2011


Pedestrian, diner soup.  Happy that they gave a good amount of cheese.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

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