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Taste Buds: The Soup Shack

Buds warm up to Centre Market eatery

February 3, 2012
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER HERSHBERGER - The Taste Buds , Times Leader

The Super Bowl is taking place this weekend. (Duh!)

Add to that the leaked commercial to air during the game featuring Jerry Seinfeld and one "Soup Nazi" AND the Souper Bowl of Caring food drive now taking place - the Buds just can't get away from soup. Soup is everywhere!

The Buds love soup, and Bud Em couldn't help but be reminded that Wheeling has a soup hot spot of its own, The Soup Shack. Upon discussing the matter with Bud Shaunna, it was revealed that she had never been privy to the delicious soups at said establishment. Quite frankly - for a BUD - this was unacceptable! Thus, it was necessary that they immediately head to Centre Market to see what was new at The Soup Shack.

Opened late in 2009 by Frank Warren, The Soup Shack serves up "soup for everyone." The menu isn't limited to just the homemade soups, it also includes salads with homemade dressings, sandwiches and various daily specials. During the Buds' visit, the special was a German style sour kraut and kielbasa made with caraway seeds and apple. Holy moly this only made the decision harder!

The soup menu varies daily, but you can now check out their Facebook page (The Soup Shack) for a run down of what's available. Given a choice between chili, roasted red pepper, chicken noodle, split pea, black bean salsa, and mushroom and rice, the Buds had much to ponder. The menu also features a spinach ricotta pie (YUM!) as well as sandwiches made of various deli meats, egg salad, tuna, veggie burger, portabella and even a hummus taco which surely had aroused the Buds' curiosity.

Bud Em decided to get a bowl of the roasted red pepper soup with a side spinach salad for just $6.25.

Wow! What wonderful food it was. The soup was rich and flavorful, creamy and delicious. Bud Em loved the subtle smokey sweet flavor of the red peppers. The salad was fantastic. A bed of fresh baby spinach was topped with fresh basil, tomato, mushrooms, feta and was topped with honey toasted nuts. Following Warren's suggestion, Bud Em opted for the sweet and sour ginger dressing. With a can of cold soda, this turned out to be one of the best meals Bud Em has had in a while.

Bud Shaunna decided to go with a soup and sandwich combo which rang in at $5.50. After tasting the split pea soup (The Soup Shack happily allows you to sample the soup before you buy it) which was quite tasty, Bud Shaunna decided to go with something more homey and opted for chicken noodle soup and a grilled cheese sandwich. The sandwich was made with nutty oat bread and it was toasted perfectly. This bread was to die for! Just enough sweetness and full of flavor. Perfect for dunking into the soup, filled with large chunks of chicken, vegetables and noodles. So filling, and who can beat that price for delicious comfort food?

While the Buds can eat soup just about any time of year, winter is the perfect time to check out the fantastic, homemade soups, salads and sandwiches at the Soup Shack. We have a feeling you'll think it's quite "soup-er."

The Buds may be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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