A reader asks: "In the summer especially, I have a craving for two soups - cold soups. Gazpacho and vichyssoise. Am I being unrealistic that these can be found in Tacoma, except haphazardly as a special someplace? Thanks for any input."
This is where you come in: Can you help a reader out? Where have you found those summer soups?
I went looking and found a few places that offer gazpacho as a sometimes special - Morso Wine Bar in Gig Harbor served gazpacho as a special last week. The Dock Street Sandwich Company in Tacoma has gazpacho occasionally as a special. It was earlier this month at Social Bar & Grill that I found an apple gazpacho that is on the menu for the immediate future. It was a great find - as complicated as it was colorful and a bargain at two bucks a cup.
The soup had more creaminess than what's expected of gazpacho - Social chef/partner Rodel Borromeo uses yogurt instead of bread to thicken the soup. It still has the graininess that a good gazpacho carries, said Borromeo by phone, but yogurt lightens the texture some. The flavors were fresh and summery - apple with cucumber and mint with a nutty backbone of almonds. I resisted the urge to knock it back - it's served in what looks like an oversized shot glass. The gazpacho was colorfully finished with dots of chili and herb oil. This is a bargain starter - it's two bucks.
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Social Bar and GrillWhere: 1715 Dock St., TacomaHours: Open for lunch and dinner dailyContact: 253-301-3835 or www.thesocialbarandgrill.com