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Soup Steals The Show At Many Passaic County Eateries

Frank Scola of Hawthorne's Bagel Express with housemade chicken noodle soup.
Frank Scola of Hawthorne's Bagel Express with housemade chicken noodle soup. Photo Credit: Submitted

PASSAIC COUNTY, N.J. -- January is National Soup Month, making it the perfect time to dip a spoon into a bowl of soothing soul-warming goodness. Lucky for Passaic County residents, there's no shortage of where to go for a cup of comfort.

Here's a few standouts:

Chicken Noodle, Bagel Express, Hawthorne: Owner Frank Scola says his homemade all white meat chicken noodle is a perennial favorite but a close second is Beef Barley made with thick chunks of beef. His eatery's Facebook page also shows a tasty looking chili, making this a "hot" place to go when it's cold outside. Slurp It Up: 210 Diamond Bridge Ave., (973) 423-2055 , www.mybagelexpress.com/ .

Tomato Rice, The Fine Grind, Little Falls: Sure, you think you're just going to come for the coffee, but the food's so good, you'll most likely want to stay longer, especially when you pair the housemade gluten-free tomato rice with a grilled cheese. Owner Rhonda Mallek said the "Soup and Sammie" are always a popular order. Slurp It Up: 101 Newark-Pompton Turnpike, (973) 837-0199, www.thefinegrindcoffeebar.com/ .

Chicken Vegetable, My Sister's Gourmet Deli & Bake Shoppe, Woodland Park: Carrots, celery, potatoes and chicken mingle together with a house-made broth making the chicken vegetable a home run among customers. Coming in a close second: the Cheesy Chicken Tortilla. Slurp It Up: 150 Rifle Camp Rd., (973) 684-7500.

Italian Wedding, Highlander Deli, West Milford: Thumann's soups are on the menu at this deli where fresh ingredients are a guarantee. Slurp It Up : 717 Otterhole Rd., (973) 874-0909.

French Onion, 3 Roads Deli, Hewitt: A house-made soup is always on the menu with French Onion the hands-down top choice (chicken noodle also ranks up there). If you're lucky, you'll be at the deli when cheddar bacon potato is being offered; the other day it was sold out before the afternoon. Slurp It Up: 1893 Union Valley Rd.,(973) 506-6455.

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