Companion, St. Louis: Longstanding lunch favorite Companion has two café locations in the St. Louis area that feature the bakery's fresh bread, sandwiches, salads and four daily rotating soups, including chicken-artichoke-Brie, butternut squash and cabbage, and favorite New England clam chowder. 314.352.4770.
The Fountain on Locust, St. Louis: Aside from boozy ice cream martinis and award-winning restrooms, the St. Louis soda fountain has a roster of nearly 50 rotating soup recipes, all made from scratch each morning. Its signature potato-based Polish dill pickle soup is a family recipe made with crushed dill pickles. 314.535.7800.
Speak Sandwiches, Kansas City: Restaurateurs Todd Schulte and Tracy Zinn opened Speak Sandwiches in October 2016 inside Uncommon Stock, their from-scratch soup, stock and bone-broth company in Kansas City. In addition to classic deli sandwiches, Speak sells soups like matzo ball, tomato-pepper and beef barley. 816.888.9474.
The Fork and Spoon, Springfield: Pass up options that require a fork (deconstructed cobb salad or Cajun succotash skillet, for example) for those needing a spoon: As the name implies, this Springfield, Missouri, lunch café serves a tasty mushroom-sage soup, plus daily offerings like chili con carne, lobster bisque, chicken tortilla, Tuscan tortellini and loaded potato. 417.761.4838.
Casper's, Springfield: This greasy spoon in Springfield, Missouri, dates back to 1909, as does its signature chili that founder Casper Lederer originally sold from his fruit stand. The award-winning, hearty chili is served overflowing from a bowl or cup and is best enjoyed with the restaurant's gooey grilled cheese. 417.866.9750.
Compiled by Bethany Christo. Photo of Companion soup by Mabel Suen. This article appears courtesy of Feast Magazine. Feast Magazine is dedicated to broadening the conversation about food and engaging a large, hungry audience of food lovers.