Lunch: Tuesday, May 5, 2009

photo4I’m again on the stump for Dean & Deluca‘s hot soups, this time for a black-eyed pea soup with collard greens, which has a wonderful smokey flavor and is dense enough to be approaching chili-like stature. Perfect for a day like today (Day 4 of the last five that have been gray, cold and rainy, with no apparent end in sight.)

I’m just impressed with D&D’s soups overall. They’re priced competitively — a large (16 oz., $6.25) is right on par with any of the soup factories in the area, such as Hale & Hearty and Cafe Metro on Seventh Avenue — but the variety of soups is much more interesting and the flavors are complex and satisfying.

The other contender today was a creamy Jerusalem artichoke soup with a bit of a citrus kick at the end. It would have been perfect in an 8 oz. portion with half a rustic tuna sandwich, except that D&D had run out of small soup containers.

I’ll be on the lookout now for the split pea, which is one of my favorites. And judging by the fact that it was sold out by 1:45 p.m., I’m guessing I’m not alone. …

PREVIOUSLY:

Split pea soup. I just can’t get enough, just can’t get enough (March 25, 2009)
New obsession alert: Mushroom and barley soup at Dean & Deluca (April 5, 2009)

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