There isn’t anything much better on a cold winter’s day than a bowl of luscious hot soup. But finding a place that specialized in this timeless favourite was a no-go for a couple in Courtenay – despite their best efforts there was little on offer in their community other than the restaurants that listed soup on their menus or as a daily special. So, in September Brad and Sonya took over a tiny roadside venue right on the main drag in to town, re-named it The Soup Pot, and went to work. By October they were offering a medley of soups and other offerings.
Our curiousity (and our grumbling tummies) got the better of us on a recent visit to Courtenay and we popped in to this funky little spot for a quick bite to eat. Although it was well past the lunch hour the place was humming – customers from nearby businesses were showing up in droves to pick up a take-out meal. We opted to dine in, perched on stools at the counter running along the front windows. It was almost nice enough to sit at the outdoor tables situated under a big awning, but the winter sun wasn’t quite providing enough warmth for that.
Brad, cheerful and boisterous, happily informed us of what was left on the menu. With all of the soups and the chili priced at $6 or a variety of sandwiches at $8 we certainly had no quarrel with the cost. The soups and chili come with a fresh scone, so we each opted for that choice.
My husband ordered the cheese and asparagus soup – a creamy delight that combined the two flavours with subtlety. I got a taste of it and my mouth still waters at the thought of it. I went with the baked French onion soup – tons of oniony flavour, topped by the classic combination of bread and cheese, melted to a delightfully gooey finish. Our soups were accompanied by a slice of buttered bread – a new batch of scones had just gone in to the oven and we were too hungry to wait. We did purchase one to bring home, however, and I can vouch for their light, savoury excellence. There was so much soup in the generously-sized bowls that I couldn’t finish mine.
Brad and Sonya make all their own soups from scratch, and source as many of their ingredients here on Vancouver Island as they can. The menu changes every day, with 3 – 5 soup offerings, sometimes chili (vegetarian and otherwise) and a variety of sandwiches. The aim is to provide healthy options at reasonable prices, and it certainly appears that The Soup Pot is accomplishing its goal.
In addition to great value for your dollar you get the benefit of a light, bright atmosphere enhanced by the upbeat and friendly owners. Just a couple of months in, they already know the names of many of their customers – a sure sign that the place is popular for all the right reasons.
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Further information on The Soup Pot can be found on the website at: http://www.thesouppotcourtenay.com/
Thei daily offerings can be found on their Facebook page at:
The Soup Pot is located at 2780 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay
GPS co-ordinates are:
Lat. 49.674529 Long. -124.981407
N 49 40.472 W 124 58.884