Warm Up With Comforting Soups in Pearland
Among ultimate comfort foods, soup is among the greatest. In Pearland there’s no shortage of restaurants serving options for every palate, too. These include bowls filled with hearty gumbo, rich and creamy chowder, fresh vegetable soups and savory seafood stews, among others. Here are some of our top picks for must-try soups in Pearland. Check out the Visit Pearland restaurant page for more great ideas!
Soup of the Day at Four Friends Tea Room, 3816 East Broadway: Take a tour through the menu of this cozy spot and try something new every day of the week! Guests clamour for the best-seller, Fresh Tomato Basil, which is so popular it is the only soup available daily. Owner Sherrill Kirby says she’s heard hundreds of effusive compliments, including that it “rivals anything else in the area.” It is an original recipe, vegetarian, gluten-free and full, tomatoes, fresh basil and cream. Add grated Parmesan cheese for extra flavor and croutons or crackers for salty crunch.
Taco Soup is another fan favorite, and it is available three days per week. It is based on a classic family recipe and is brimming with beans, corn, ground beef, tomatoes and spices. On Tuesdays, try Chicken Poblano with chunks of tender chicken accented by “just-right spice” from the mild green poblano chiles, corn, black beans and a touch of lime. Thursdays are for Lobster Bisque, which marries sweet lobster meat with a rich cream and sherry wine sauce, and Fridays feature Loaded Baked Potato Soup, crammed with chunky potatoes, onion, and a sprinkling of crisp bacon. Soups come with assorted toppings on the side such as tortilla chips, cheddar cheese, crackers and croutons. The cost is a mere $3.25 for a cup,, $4.25 for a bowl, $6 for a $6 or $12 for a quart. Pre-orders are recommended and welcomed for larger quantities. Order online, by phone or via Facebook Messenger for takeout, visit for dine-in or order delivery with GrubHub, UberEats or DoorDash.
Gumbo and Clam Chowder at Boiling Dragon, 11625 Broadway: There are two housemade soups on the menu at this hip Asian seafood restaurant operated by chef-owner Harold Wong. He opened Boiling Dragon in June 2020 and he has plans to build out additional space in early 2021, with monthly winter soup specials to come such as ramen and Korean spicy seafood. For now, choose between savory okra and sausage gumbo or rich clam chowder. The contrasting recipes tempt patrons with deep flavors and reflect Wong’s experiences during 20-plus years in the industry and growing up in his parents’ restaurants. “These recipes are personal because they evolved with me,” he says. The gumbo starts with a medium-dark roux base that includes butter, vinegar, celery, garlic and Cajun seasoning, and gets its thick texture in part from the addition of okra to the roux itself. Wong then adds slices of fresh okra and a pork-beef blend sausage. It costs $7.49 and guests can add a combination of two-ounces of crab and two jumbo lemon-pepper shrimp for just $3. The gumbo and rice are served separately: orders include 16-ounces of soup and an eight-ounce container of steamed jasmine rice.
For the clam chowder, Wong channels New England vibes and fills it with little neck clams, tender red potatoes, celery and onion. Based on a white roux, the chowder is topped with scallions and crispy bacon (optional for those avoiding pork). It comes in 16-ounce portions for $6.99 but some guests love it so much they order it by the half- and full-gallon! Both soups are available for dine-in and to go.
Chef Steve’s Seafood Soup at Magnolia Cajun Comfort, 1807 Broadway: This comes from one of chef-owner Steve Haug’s family recipes. His mother taught him how to make this seafood soup while he was growing up in Ohio. It has proven popular in Pearland, too. Land meets sea with ingredients such as freshly cut bell peppers, diced tomatoes, celery, onions, herbs and spices that meld with housemade seafood stock, sautéed redfish and shrimp. The dish gets even more depth of flavor from garlic, thyme, oregano, bay leaves and a touch of cayenne pepper. The finishing touch is a decadent dash of cream — the only departure from the original recipe. It is served over a bed of white rice with French bread alongside. Add two ounces of fresh jumbo lump crabmeat for $4.
“I personally love the flavor of the herbs, spices and seafood in every bite,” says Haug. “Since this is a family dish, it’s especially close to my chef heart.” A 12-ounce cup is $6 and 24-ounce bowl is $9. For larger gatherings, a half-gallon is $50 and a gallon is $110. It is available daily lunch through dinner for dine in, takeout and Doordash delivery.
Chicken Gianni Soup at Grazia Italian Kitchen, 9415 Broadway: Grazia owner Adrian Hembree describes this customer favorite as “something that my grandmother would make…and who doesn’t love a great memory of their grandmother?” When the outdoor temperature dips, folks flock to Grazia for this Italian specialty filled with chicken, potatoes, carrots, onions and celery that gets a touch of heat from red pepper flakes and satisfying richness from butter and heavy cream.
It is named after Juan Garcia, the Grazia chef who created it. Hembree explains that “Gianni” is the Italian equivalent of Juan, and that Garcia is “the backbone of our kitchen”. The soup costs only $8 for a bowl and even comes with bread and extra virgin olive oil for dipping. It’s also available to order in larger sizes for groups. Customers can make the Chicken Gianni soup even heartier by adding Grazia’s award-winning boneless beef short rib for an added cost. Enjoy for dine-in, takeout or delivery.
Discover more must-try dishes and keep up with the latest food and restaurant news at the Visit Pearland website.