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                 Stop #2
Talula’s Table is an acclaimed food market and restaurant. Its thick, rich cream-style mushroom soup is one of the best I’ve tried. Sit at a communal table and order your soup with a multigrain roll on the side. The slightly herbal multi-mushroom blend is almost the consistency of a puree. The mushroom mac and cheese is also a winner. 102 W. State St., (610) 444-8255, talulastable.com.
Stop #3
Just a short stroll down State from Portobellos, the popular Philter coffee shop and cafe serves an unexpected treat: one of the best clear-broth mushroom soups you may ever taste. They prepare their own stock, which makes this the leanest soup on the trail. And though
it may be low in calories, its flavor and fragrance imply otherwise. 111 W. State St., (610) 444-7687, philtercoffee.com.
philter serves one of the best clear-broth mushroom soups.
Stop #4
The historic Kennett Square Inn is a favorite dinner spot on State. Built in 1835, it’s typical of small-town inns of that period. Many locals consider its mushroom soup among the best in the area. It is a fine example of the cream-based variety—but middle of the pack in light of the stiff competition. 201 State St., (610) 444-5688, www.kennettinn.com.
Stop #5
I didn’t know the Hilton Garden Inn on Route 1 had a restaurant, until I tasted its award-winning entry at the Kennett Square Mushroom Festival. This cream-based soup
MUSHROOM SOUP TRAIL
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got my vote at the 2015 competition for its intense flavor, not-too-thick base, chunks of shitake and white mushrooms, and hint
of herbs. It’s available seven days a week. 815 E. Baltimore Pike, (610) 444-9100, hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com.
Stop #6
Just down the road at Two Stones Pub, they combine roasted crimini, shitake and oyster mushrooms with a touch of herbs in a delicious cream-based soup. They also top it off with goat cheese and shitake “bacon,” making it the most unique soup on the trail. It comes with a slice of house-made whole-grain bread that complements the soup nicely. Pair it with a beer from Delaware County’s
2SP Brewing Company for a winning— and affordable—combination. 843 E. Baltimore Pike, (610) 444-3940, twostonespub.com.
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