After eating at Malarkey's on Monday and remembering the enjoyment of Malarkey's cook JJ about the soup next door at Infinite Soup we had to sample some on our own. Word of warning, the Facebook page for Infinite Soup is infinitely better. Besides, who can read a small black font on a field of dark red. Give me a break. What makes the situation even worse is that they ignore phone calls until two in the afternoon. Oh, and don't expect to pay with a credit card. They only accept cash and checks. With all these roadblocks you wonder how they can stay in business . . . and then you taste the soup.
This photo is how the little restaurant looks almost every day at lunch time. There is no place to park, they sell out early, and people are glad to get almost concoction offered.
"The Soup Nazi" is the 116th episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, which was the sixth episode of the seventh season. It first aired in the United States on November 2, 1995. The Soup Nazi is also the nickname of the eponymous character, Yev Kassem, played by Larry Thomas. The term "Nazi" is used as an exaggeration of the excessively strict regimentation he constantly demands of his patrons. -- Wikipedia
In the TV show the Soup Nazi chef is very strict and people are afraid he will point at them and say, "No soup for you!" He produced soup that delicious. At Infinite Soup there is no Soup Nazi, but the soup is excellent!
We didn't think about lunch until noon. I suggested "take away" soup and Peg agreed. We poured over the posted menu for the day on their Facebook page and decided to purchase four different bowls of soup. I dropped Peg off on the corner of 6th and Tacoma Avenue South. The restaurant is 445 Tacoma Ave S. They open at eleven. Next time we'll be earlier. I circled several blocks and she was waiting my first time coming up the hill from the Merlino Art Center. Buckled in she announced, "They were out of two of them." She had no idea what else she wound up with.
Back home we put the paper cups of soup on the kitchen table with two small loaves of bread: a French roll, and a Ciabatta roll. Once the tops came off, the aroma was mesmerizing. Once we began dipping our spoons into the soup we were euphoric.
I pulled two soups straight to me: Italian Sausage & Lentil Soup and Chicken Paprikash. The Lentil soup had a great broth with a large chunk of carrot and rounds of sausage. The Paprikash (meaning it was doused with Hungarian smokey paprika) was excellent. I could drink that every day.
Peg's least favorite was the Italian Sausage. She loved the Curried Coconut vegan soup as well as the Chicken Gorgonzola Tortellini. Tortellini is not my favorite pasta, but this tasted more like a won ton. I really liked it. I would order all of these again. You can order a cup, a bowl, a pint or a quart. The prices, just like Malarkey's next door, were more than reasonable.
The bread was almost as fantastic as the soup. Both loaves had lots of "tooth" and took some effort to rip them in two, but they chewed and dunked nicely. Infinite Soup also sells drop biscuits and crackers.
Tacoma has some great places to eat and Infinite Soup in one afternoon became a favorite.
Infinite Soup is open from 11:00AM - 7:00PM Monday-Friday and from 10:00AM - 5:00PM on Saturday. The menu changes daily. The quality does not. If you like soup, you'll love Infinite Soup.