La Greniere - Washington, DC

May 19th, 2015

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Located in the trendy “H Street” district of Capitol Hill, this soup did not disappoint.  The cheese was a very good quality and the broth was full of superbly caramelized onions.  I would have liked the cheese to be a little bit more melted, as you could still feel the texture of the shredding underneath the top.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

La Riviera - Miami, FL

April 29th, 2015

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This was actually room service at the Sofitel at Miami International Airport.  Pretty basic, but good enough for a hotel.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10 

Second State - Washington, DC

April 28th, 2015

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An unexpected gem in the middle of the District.  Cheese was delicious and the broth was very good.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Vogue Bistro - Surprise, AZ

April 17th, 2015

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Yet another soup with a pastry puff at the top.  And each of them thinks it is the coolest thing in the world.  For me it just gets in the way of things.  The broth was decent and there was *some* hidden cheese, but not enough.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

Spoke and Wheel - Sedona, AZ

April 16th, 2015

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This one might not really be a “French Onion Soup”.  On the menu it is called “Steak and Onion Soup”.  But it is topped with a very nice cave aged gruyere, which was very good.  Getting down to the soup, however, I was greeted with a shredded beef texture, which was both unexpected and disappointing.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

La Brochette Bistro - Cooper City, FL

March 19th, 2015

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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 http://frenchonionsoupblog.com/

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

Firkin at the Tannery - Waterloo, ON

December 15th, 2014

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For a plain swiss, it wasn’t the really cheap kind.  The soup was really average.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

Buchon du Grove - Coral Gables, FL

October 23rd, 2014

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Very good soup, really good cheese.  Could have used more flavor in the broth.

Rating 7.5 out of 10

Au Bon Pain - Miami, FL

October 22nd, 2014

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Seriously, what did you expect?

Rating 2.5 out of 10

Yard House - Hallendale Beach, FL

October 20th, 2014

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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

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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

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 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

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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

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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


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