Kinzie Chophouse - Chicago, IL

September 16th, 2011


Great broth, cheap swiss cheese.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Abe and Louie’s - Boca Raton, FL

September 12th, 2011


Bland broth, good cheese.  The cheese was way too stuck to the bread.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

The Henry - Las Vegas, NV

August 29th, 2011


Located in the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino.  Good soup, and cheese.  Not enough cheese.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Shooters - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

August 22nd, 2011


Typical pub-style soup.  Nothing to write home about.

Rating: 6.0 out of 10

P. J. Clarke’s - Las Vegas, NV

July 12th, 2011


Good cheese, but bland broth.

Rating: 6.75 out of 10

Land Ocean New American Steakhouse - Folsom, CA

June 16th, 2011


Not much good to say about this one.  The looks of the place made us very optimistic, but the soup certainly did disappoint.

Rating: 4.5 out of 10

Le Grand Bistro Americain - Kirkland, WA

May 24th, 2011


Excellent soup, with great quality gruyere, flavorful broth.  Great mixture of everything!

Rating 8.0 out 0f 10

Big Nick’s - New York, NY

March 20th, 2011


Mozzarella cheese and salty broth makes this soup a typical Greek diner offering…which is fine when you are looking for something like that.

 Rating 6.0 out of 10

Elephant Bar - Burlingame, CA

March 6th, 2011


Typical chain restaurant fare, although the broth was better than most chains.

Rating: 6.25 out of 10

Racks Downtown Eatery and Tavern - Boca Raton, FL

February 22nd, 2011


I was able to remove the superfluous onion rings from the top of this soup, and enjoy a great soup.  A combination of gruyere and mozzarella sits atop an excellent broth.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10

Place Pigalle - Seattle, WA

February 8th, 2011


Located in the famous Pike Place Market, this restaurant was an Internet recommendation.  Happily, there was lots of good cheese (Gruyere).  But the broth was unusual.  The menu notes that they use “Hidalgo Cream Sherry”.  I don’t know what that is, but the broth was certainly more creamy than meaty.

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

The Laurel Court Restaurant and Bar - San Francisco, CA

February 3rd, 2011


This restaurant is located in the Fairmont San Francisco Hotel.  The cheese was good, but stuck to the bread.  The broth was pretty poor; the quality of the onions was not great.

Rating: 5.5 out of 10

Bouchon Bistro - Yountville, CA

October 24th, 2010


This was the best onion soup I’ve had so far.  It’s combination of Emmentaler and Compté was perfect, the broth was sweet, yet strong, and it was served piping hot.  There’s really nothing I would recommend to change about this soup, except maybe to add a touch more cheese.  Very close to perfection, and now atop the worldwide list.

Rating 9.5 out of 10

Stark’s Steakhouse - Santa Rosa, CA

October 22nd, 2010


We were told that this was Gruyère.  It was very pungent, though.  So, the cheese was pretty good, but the broth was lacking in flavor.

Rating: 7.0 out of 10

Tres - Beverly Hills, CA

August 1st, 2010


I had no idea what to expect when I read the menu at this place.  It said, “non-classic onion soup, with cheese and a slow-cooked egg.”  What was brought to me was the bowl you see above, with a poached egg, and 2 or 3 tiny shards of cheese from a grater.  On top of this was poured some onion soup broth with much fanfare.  This is apparently an invention of master chef José Andrés.  It is visually appalling, and unfortunately tastes not much better than it looks.  Although they seem quite proud of the presentation, it is certainly not helped by the fact that the bowl looks like a commode.  I would say that this theme continues in every aspect of this dish.

Rating: 1.0 out of 10

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