It can be chilly in Washington during January, but there are plenty of “soup”er options for a cup or bowl in Yakima. Check out the offerings at Famous Burger and Teriyaki Sandwich, located at 401 W Lincoln Ave. Pho soup is available only on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays but is well worth the wait. Try the special, jumbo shrimp, beef, chicken or tofu varieties. Extra sides of proteins or noodles is also an option.

Essencia Artisan Bakery at 4 N 3rd St. is famous for their soups and sandwiches as well as decadent pastries and desserts. Open at 7 a.m., you’ll want to arrive early to see what soups are available (they change daily!). Plenty of vegetarian options are available, and it’s impossible to resist the homemade desserts and pastries from buttery croissants to cupcakes galore.

Spooning is a Must

The White House at 3602 Kern Rd in Yakima is an upscale breakfast and lunch dining pick with a cozy, intimate ambiance. There’s a different soup featured daily, always served with a brioche bun. Local, seasonal ingredients are highlighted, and the soup pairs wonderfully with one of the hearty sandwiches like the Turkey Cranberry with whipped cream cheese or The Works with ham, turkey and roast beef with horseradish and Havarti cheese.

Pho King Crab, located at 1601 E Washington Ave #104 in nearby Union Gap, is another popular pho destination. Choose your protein, add extra noodles, or go all-veg. The portions are generous, and you can always get takeaway to enjoy your soup to go.

Where will you find the perfect bowl?