Hey, everyone! Today's post is another local Ri-view (Haha, get it? Ri. View. Cuz' my name is Ri. And I'm reviewing... Yeahhhh, you get it). This time, Sweet and SavoRi's spotlight is on Kenosha's very own Soup Depot, a cute little cafe that sells dozens of different sandwiches (I counted 38 cold ones, 5 hot) and a bunch of other menu items. They also have a big breakfast menu with omelettes, egg sandwiches, and sides. Best part? Breakfast can be ordered all day! (Yes!!! Does anyone else think it's awesome when restaurants do that?!) The Soup Depot also specializes in- you guessed it- soup. They make a few different batches of homemade soup fresh every day. This means that, some days, you might be able to get something like Clam Chowder, while other times, you may not. But don't get mad if you walk in and find the soup you want is unavailable- Soup Depot has a list of which soups are served which days here.
It's odd- Soup Depot is one of the closest restaurants near my house, yet I've only been there once. I can't even tell you what it was like, since the last time I was there was four or five years ago, and I can't remember that far back. I know I had soup, and I think it was the Chicken Dumpling, but back then I didn't place food at such a high importance as I do now, so I really didn't even care. I guess that makes the Soup Depot a good spot to review. It would be like a brand-new experience for me, more or less.
|Can you see the goose? It's hard to tell- She's right under the tree.|
But all joking aside, I know that's not true. I like Hong Kong. They have really good Chinese food. And I'm sure they're good people who are kindhearted and honest and would never use a dirty goose for a duck dish. And they most certainly use farm-raised chicken eggs for Egg Foo Young. I was kidding. So please don't hurt me!!!
Well, after we gawked at the goose, our small grouped headed into the Soup Depot. It was quiet... too quiet. Seriously, other than the few people working there, there wasn't a soul to be found. Some might say that that could be a bad omen of the food to come, but I'm sure they were just having a slow day. Soup Depot doesn't really seem like the type of place people would go out to on Saturday night anyway, you know? It's usually pizza, or some type of chain restaurant, I'd think.
Since we were the only customers there, we were seated promptly by our waitress. She was young and quiet, but quick and efficient, and very sweet. Too bad she didn't give us her name; I could compliment her so much on here that her boss would have to give her a raise! Ah well, her loss. Throughout the dinner, she refilled our drinks whenever we were running low. (Except for me. She would Ri-fill mine. Badum-crash!)
The Soup Depot's menu is extensive, and doesn't follow a certain theme. There are regular diner sandwiches, but then you'll find stuff like quesadillas, pasta dishes, and even prime rib. After deliberating my choices, I finally settled on the Grilled Chicken Pita, which comes with tomatoes, grilled onions, and a side of Tzatziki sauce. Mama got the Beef Supreme, a sandwich made up of thin sliced roasted beef, grilled onions, green peppers, and mozzarella. My little brother got a B.L.T. (Since bacon is his first love), and his friend got a Gyro Sandwich. We all made our sandwiches meals, which includes soup, fries, and a drink. Out of the few choices we had, everyone at the table ordered the Chicken Noodle.
After we placed our orders, the soups were the first thing to arrive. They came in small bowls and were served with a side of saltines and homemade garlic bread for dipping. The soup was a mixture of broth, cubed chicken, carrots, celery, and a HECK of a lot of noodles. There were so many noodles that I couldn't even see the broth! From my health-conscious perspective, this was a bit upsetting, but I tried to forget about the amount of noodles and just focus on the taste.
I didn't eat any of my garlic bread, but Mama said it was seasoned great. She said the toast was most delicious when dunked in her soup. My little brother's friend agreed. It was crispy-crunchy, and looked to be made with baguette bread. Everyone else enjoyed their bowls of soup as well, expect my brother, who didn't want any. His loss! It was a great soup and I would've eagerly just had a big bowl of that for dinner.
|Fries, pepperoncini, pickle, Tzatziki!|
As soon as my lips hit the pita, I acknowledged how salty it was. But I like salt. And all of the salt brought out the flavor of the warm pita. The pita bread was chewy and thick, and had a hearty feel to it. It was grilled, perhaps a bit too long, since the ends of the bread were too crunchy for my liking. But the middle was soft and doughy, and with the Tzatziki smothered all around it, was ever so delicious.
|The bro's B.L.T.|
But enough swooning over the sauce- The rest of the pita was awesome too, and deserves some praise! The vegetables really did their job well. The onions were cut just right- Looking at them at first, they were really thin and stringy, but after eating my meal, I found this to be the best. Sometimes, slices of onion fall out of whatever you're eating if they are cut but too big, so you end up eating the whole strand when you didn't want to, but this wasn't the case with the onions in my chicken gyro, which were also sweet and distinct.
The tomatoes were ripe and were cut into big, decent-sized slices. They were juicy, which was good, but a bit overripe at the same time. I noticed my little brother's friend's tomato slices were a deep red in the center and very pulpy- You know how really ripe tomatoes look when you slice them open. It was like that.
I've also said how good the chicken tasted, and that taste was consistent throughout my whole pita. If one thing could be improved about it though, it would have to be the way the chicken was cut. The chicken was cute into very thick chunks, so sometimes I'd end up eating a whole big strip and there'd be an area of my pita where there wasn't any chicken left. Smaller, thinner strips would improve the overall control quality of the pita. Oh, the chicken, by the way, tasted so good with the Tzatziki. Just ta' let you know!
Before I knew it, I had eaten my whole pita! I wished I had seconds. But all I could do was envy my brother's friend, who still had more than half of his gyro left. My chicken pita was just so flavorful and tasty- it makes me wonder how the Soup Depot's other fare tastes! If the rest of their menu is anything like my pita, I'd guess ve-Ri good!!! (Get it? Haha!)
|Mama's big Beef Supreme! Served with a side of au jus.|
Before I go, I'd also like to mention the great atmosphere that the Soup Depot holds. It's a very non-gimmicky cafe, as evidenced by the wide array of items they serve. There aren't any fast-talking waitresses, or any wild decorations of sorts. The Soup Depot has that feeling of home. It feels like you've just been asked by your mama to choose anything for dinner, and she's cooked it up special just for you. Its a quiet, cute place to eat, and has such a warm and strong feeling of home away from home. It's also very family-friendly. I can easily see the Soup Depot as being that place some families make tradition of going to every Tuesday or something (I don't know why Tuesday, exactly- Just pulling it out of the hat). You really feel like you can relax and chill, and just have a good ol' time. The prices aren't bad either, so I suggest going here when you're family feels like eating out, but doesn't want to spend a whole bunch of money.
Time to evaluate the soup...
RiRi Rates The Soup Depot as: 8.25/10
Well, I hope you guys will give the Soup Depot a chance and stop by. For breakfast, lunch, or dinner, they're your guy! (Haha, I sound like an advertisement). Have any of you been to the Soup Depot before? What did you think? What is your favorite menu item there? Do you like Tzatziki? Leave your comments down below! I'd love to hear your opinions! Till' next then, this has been RiRi Ri-viewing!
|The young, brave-hearted Odysseus gives this spot two paws up. Yea, verily!|