We are currently in the throes of winter, and some days you just want a nice cup of warm soup to fill you up. Check out this list for the best hearty winter soups in the Detroit area.
Buddy’s Restaurant & Pizzeria
31646 Northwestern Hwy.
Farmington Hills, MI 48334
(248) 855-4600

Buddy’s has a few eat-in restaurant locations throughout the metro area (Farmington Hills, included here, as well as Dearborn, Auburn Hills, the new Novi location and others). Although the restaurant is known for its deep-dish pizza, it offers two soups that are perfect for the winter: minestrone soup and chunky vegetable. All of Buddy’s soups are made daily, from scratch, and can be bought in cup ($3.49), bowl ($3.99) or quart ($8.99) size. Make sure to grab yourself a pizza or Italian specialty while there as well – Buddy’s deep dish has won numerous awards in the metro area.

Kruse & Muer on Wilshire
911 Wilshire Dr.
Troy, MI 48084
(248) 362-2700

Kruse & Muer restaurants are mostly known for their meat and seafood dishes, but the restaurants also have some great winter soups. The Troy location, located off of Big Beaver Road between Crooks and Livernois, serves a fire-roasted tomato bisque. If bisque isn’t your favorite, the downtown Rochester location (on Main Street) offers Charley’s Chowder (a tomato-based fish chowder), as well as a soup du jour, and the location in the Village of Rochester Hills serves the chowder as well. Kruse & Muer also is known for its Sunday brunch and its delicious bread that’s served warm prior to your meal.

Vicente’s Cuban Cuisine
1250 Library St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-8800

Vicente’s is a great place for tapas (Spanish small plates) and Cuban dishes, and it also has two great soups. Try its Crema de Langosta (lobster bisque soup) or the Frijoles Negros (black bean soup) for a hearty cup of soup during the winter. The restaurant is also well-known for its Cuban sandwich – however, be aware that the sandwich isn’t served after 4 p.m. Vicente’s is located in downtown Detroit near Woodward and East Grand River.Related: Best Bread Bowls In Detroit

Uptown Grille
3100 E. West Maple Road
Commerce Township, MI 48390
(248) 960-3344

Uptown Grille has one of the most diverse menus in the metro area, and its soup menu is varied as well. Try a cup or a bowl of its cheddar ale, or if cheddar isn’t your preference, try the Uptown chili, vegetable soup or chicken noodle for a hearty appetizer this winter. Make sure to check out Uptown’s weekly drink and food specials as well, such as half-off pizzas on Thursdays (with purchase of two drinks), half-off martinis on Fridays (until 7 p.m.) and half-off burgers on Tuesdays.

The Dakota Inn Rathskeller
17324 John R St.
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 867-9722

If you’re looking for some German food, check out the Dakota Inn Rathskeller, a family-owned restaurant that was founded in August 1933. It has a classic piano that is 80 years old, and live music can often be heard at the restaurant. While you listen to some piano music, make sure to order the Rathskeller Reuben Soup, which is quite unique. The soup is a Reuben soup topped with Swiss cheese and croutons, for $2.75 (a cup) or $4.95 (a bowl), and is the house specialty. The restaurant also serves German favorites such as potato pancakes, bratwurst, cheese and sausage plates, and more.Related: Best Delis Around Detroit

Liz Parker is a freelance writer and a University of Michigan graduate with a degree in Creative Writing and Literature. Her work can be found at Examiner.com and yesnofilms.com.