|Several soups to choose from to take home. Their most popular? Tomato Basil.|
The servers were extremely nice. Today, they served two types of soup: (1) a ham, potato, and cheese soup; and (2) a minestrone. There were two types of grilled cheese offered: (1) a "dressed-up" grilled cheese with pesto, tomato, mozzarella, and American cheese; and (2) another dressed-up grilled cheese that included pastrami inside (along with the other ingredients in the dressed-up grilled cheese).
I was fortunate to get a sample of both soups and a traditional grilled cheese (just the cheese inside). The soups were both very good. On my sample of the ham, potato, and cheese soup, I could only taste cheese. The soup had a little thickness to it, probably due to the starchiness of the potato. A good soup if you are a cheese lover. I personally preferred the minestrone. It was light and flavorful, and it left me wanting a bowl of it. Would I pay $4 for a bowl of soup? Maybe on a cold, rainy day. Just not when the weather is nice.
|Samples of grilled cheese sandwiches|
I'm also happy that they have an array of soups to choose from. They only seemed to be selling two with the sandwiches at the Saturday Market, which is a little disappointing. If you're passing yourself off as a soup shack, bring more than just two soups for your grilled cheese sandwich. Personally, the owners said Tomato Basil was their most popular (and I totally believe it)...why not serve that soup all the time?
If I had a say in things, I'd have at least 5-6 soups for sale, and perhaps one sandwich. I think a traditional grilled cheese works here, especially if the Tomato Basil is the most popular soup. I know it's summer time, but the place has to live up to its name...sell soups!
Overall, I thought The Soup Shack was a good-natured, honest, small business that serves good food. Unfortunately here, I wanted soup more as the star of the show. When paired with the grilled cheese, the soup became a supporting cast member. I know I'm nitpicking and being harsh here, but I'm like that with every establishment. While the soup may be a star when not at the Farmer's Market, it was not the leading actor of my experience. 6/10