November 30, 2021

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Foodies welcome

OKC restaurants with must-have fall foods, soup to eat this season

Autumn has arrived, which gives us a chance to fall into some of our favorite comfort foods to warm the soul as temperatures drop.

Good news: The 405 diningscape is teeming with options to satisfy your favorite fall craving whether it’s a hot cup of soup to start a meal or something warm and sweet.

Pho and ramen soups to warm you up

  • Pho Lien Hoa
  • VII Bistro
  • Tamashii Ramen House
  • Goro Ramen
  • Fusion Cafe
  • Lido Restaurant

Once upon time finding a bowl of soup that wasn’t chicken noodle or chowder was a chore. No more. After the fall of Saigon nearly 40 years ago, a substantial contingent of Vietnamese refugees found their way to Oklahoma City and have since made pho a staple of the Oklahoma City diet at places like Pho Lien Hoa (now with two locations) and VII Bistro the Asian District. Today the dish can be found from Norman to Edmond and Mid-Del to Yukon.

A bowl of ramen at Goro Ramen. File photo

But Pho isn’t the only hearty soup one can find around town. Places like Tamashii and Goro brought ramen tradition to town while Fusion Cafe in Norman features an extraordinary Korean Spicy Potato Soup, and local hot and sour soup tradition was resuscitated when Lido Restaurant was reopened in the spring.

Spicy potato soup at the Fusion Cafe in Moore. File photo

Steaming bowls of chili

Chill season is here in the Oklahoma City metro. File photo
  • Ike’s Chili
  • James E. McNellie’s Public House
  • Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili
  • Sonic
  • Braum’s

Let’s get something straight: Chili is not soup. Sure it’s served in a bowl, but how often do you see chicken noodle soup served over a hot dog or burger?

Plates of food at Ron's Hamburgers and Chili. File photo

Steaming bowls of beef swimming in a thick river of angry spices were part of the foundation of the Oklahoma food-service industry thanks to places like Ike’s Chili in Tulsa, which has operated since 1908. Today you can find a bowl of Beer House Chili at James E. McNellie’s Public House, Ron’s Hamburgers and Chili, the nearest chili cookoff or Sonic and Braum’s locations statewide.