Original SoupMan

Seinfeld fans need no introduction to the first St. Louis branch of this national chain. Founder Al Yeganeh was the inspiration for the sitcom's infamous Soup Nazi -- an association that Yeganeh has disavowed. Still, the décor will remind you of the sensation that episode caused: There are poster-size newspaper articles praising Yeganehs soup; a TV set plays nonstop footage of Yeganeh on the news. That's a lot of hype, and the best soups (almost) justify it. Crab bisque brims with buttery sweet meat. Mulligatawny is complex and peppery, and yankee bean soup with bacon has a wonderfully smoky depth. Combos (soup paired with a salad or half of a sandwich) are a good deal.

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Seinfeld fans need no introduction to the first St. Louis branch of this national chain. Founder Al Yeganeh was the inspiration for the sitcom's infamous Soup Nazi -- an association that Yeganeh has disavowed. Still, the décor will remind you of the sensation that episode caused: There are poster-size newspaper articles praising Yeganehs soup; a TV set plays nonstop footage of Yeganeh on the news. That's a lot of hype, and the best soups (almost) justify it. Crab bisque brims with buttery sweet meat. Mulligatawny is complex and peppery, and yankee bean soup with bacon has a wonderfully smoky depth. Combos (soup paired with a salad or half of a sandwich) are a good deal.

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