Mouthful - Soup
Cho Dang Tofu
Interactive Korean soup at its blustery best. A cauldron of tumultuously bubbly tofu soup with additions of seafood, beef or dumplings is put before you. Crack a raw egg into the soup and sit back: It's the culinary version of Jack Nicholson having his meltdown at the end of The Witches of Eastwick. Once the egg melds with the brew, spoon the soup into your own bowl with some rice. This stuff truly warms the bones. 5907 Buford Highway, Doraville, 770-220-0667.
Loaf & Kettle
This charmer may be tucked into a corner of the Healey building downtown, but it's far from a secret. Three daily soups are offered: On the day I stopped in, the clear winner was a thick, soulful crab chowder with spinach and corn. In the mood for a sandwich too? Try the Cuban, or, for vegetarians, the upscale pimento cheese number. 57 Forsyth St., 404-525-8624.
Vietnamese pho is the new chicken soup for the soul. The aromatic broth, thin cuts of meat and fresh, crunchy veggies do wonders for a head cold. Good pho places abound on Buford Highway, but Pho 79 has peppy Asian video and servers who you just know are back in the kitchen saying, "Mel, kiss my grits" in Vietnamese. 4166 Buford Highway, Suite 1053, Chamblee, 404-728-9129.
Jenny Levison, Atlanta's undisputed queen of soup, and her committed crew continue to draw the crowds at this cozy Buckhead haven. Call the Souper Jenny Hotline (listed below) to hear the soups for the day. Standards include My Dad's Turkey Chili and Everything Vegetable, but intriguing offerings like spiced Greek spinach with feta or cheesy chicken tortilla are the real draws. Don't fear that long line trailing out the door. Jenny's folks know how to keep it moving. 56 Andrews Drive, 404-239-9023.