Cravings: Summer Soups

Get 'em while they're cold. Nothing says summer quite so deliciously as cold soup on a hot day. <br>

Category: Eat + Drink Articles


With the array of chilled soups slated for Seattle’s solstice menus, there’s a whole lot of summer to be said. Because these cool concoctions get their refreshing flavor from sunny-season fruits and vegetables, their release dates depend on produce availability, so call ahead for details.

Madison Park Cafe
Madison Park Cafe’s cobblestoned patio is the perfect locale for sipping Amanda Zimlich’s Spanish-style white gazpacho with sweet, buttery Marcona almonds. Full bar, wheelchair accessible. Madison Park; 1807 42nd Ave. E; 206.324.2626;

Dungeness crab, bronze fennel and basil oil are added to Aaron Wright’s cucumber almond cream soup tableside. Full bar, wheelchair accessible. Queen Anne; 2576 Aurora Ave. N; 206.283.3313;

The elegance of downtown’s Union is deliciously reflected in Ethan Stowell’s lemony chilled wood sorrel soup. Full bar, outside seating, wheelchair accessible. Downtown; 1400 First Ave.; 206.838.8000;

Seis Kamimura combines tomato, cucumber, chile, pine nuts and cilantro in his bright and spicy watermelon gazpacho. Full bar, outside seating, wheelchair accessible. Downtown; 1010 First Ave.; 206.357.9000;

Ponti Seafood Grill
For a classic potato/leek vichyssoise, Josh Green’s blend is a filling but light supper to enjoy while watching boats pass under the Fremont bridge. Full bar, outside seating, wheelchair accessible. Fremont; 3014 Third Ave. N; 206.284.3000;

Jason Wilson’s refreshing, deep orange Charentais melon soup splashed with champagne is just the thing to start a light summer meal. Full bar. Madison Park; 2319 E Madison St.; 206.302.7874;

Hopvine Pub
S.O.U.P.S—Seattle’s Own Undeniably Perfect Soups author Michael Congdon crafts a chilled strawberry soup, sweetly puréed with vanilla bean. Outside seating, wheelchair accessible. Capitol Hill; 507 15th Ave. E; 206.328.3120;

A glass of rosé in Sambar’s courtyard and Bruce Naftaly’s green melon and mint soup are a cool and colorful summer combination. Full bar, outside seating. Ballard; 425 NW Market St.; 206.781.4883

The Harvest Vine
A report on chilled soups is not complete without mention of Joseba Jiménez’s classic salnorejos gazpacho with tomatoes and garlic, accompanied this summer by chopped boiled egg and ham. Outside seating, wheelchair accessible. Madison Park; 2701 E Madison St.; 206.320.9771; ha