For a cupful of comfort, try Nana's soup
Dining Deal: Nana's Soup House, which recently moved from the Wedgwood/U-Village area to Fremont, offers about a dozen homemade soups every day, plus excellent panini sandwiches, salads and wraps.
Seattle Times NWTicket editor
Nana's Soup HouseCafe/Sandwiches
225 N. 36th St., Seattle
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturdays (currently closed on Sundays, but Sunday hours are coming next month).
Etc: Credit cards accepted; street parking; beer and wine served (with happy-hour specials 3-6 p.m.); obstacles to access (steps to the front door).
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When it insists on snowing during your kids' spring break, there's only one thing to do: Revel in it.
So after our troop of moms and spring-breaking kids had donned our ski pants and sledded the day away in the Cascades, there was also only one thing to do: Eat soup. Lots of it.
We landed at Nana's Soup House in Fremont, an actual house just off Leary Way. Co-owners and mother-daughter team Linda and Dana Wolff relocated here last fall, after eight years in business north of U-Village.
"We have about 12 to 14 soups per day," said Dana Wolff, "with eight stable, that we always have, and others that rotate in and out."
Linda Wolff — the "Nana" of the name — is from Oklahoma, and that's where her down-home soup recipes come from, too.
The menu: Other than the day's fresh-made soups, Nana's serves up sandwiches — both deli-style and panini — salads, baked potatoes, wraps, quesadillas and a PB&J, grilled-cheese or corn-dog kids meal. You can get soup in a cup ($3.50), bowl ($4.75), or mix-and-match combos (soup-salad, soup-sandwich, soup-soup); pretty much everything on the board is between $5 and $10. Coffee and bagels make up the breakfast offerings.
What to write home about: Pick a soup, any soup. No, really, pick any soup — Nana's will let you taste them all. The standouts during our visit were the Southwest Chicken Fiesta (a wee-bit-spicy broth loaded with white corn and black beans that had not been overcooked) and the Oklahoma Chili — beefy, tomatoey goodness. More subtle and just as delicious was the Country Mushroom & Sour Cream.
The yummy, spinach-laden Caprese Melt — sampled in the soup-and-half-sandwich option, for $7.95 — was so expertly grilled that its crunch withstood an accidental drop in the soup cup!
The setting: Nana's Soup House feels like a friend's house — it's not laid out anything like a restaurant, which is part of the charm. You can see the tureens of soups when you place your order at the counter.
Summing up: Our total for four (including one $3.95 kids meal) came to $38.24. We left full, befriended and ready for anything — even more spring-break snow.
Raina Wagner: 206-464-8147 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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