Soup's On

TAKEOUT

November 09, 2005|By SAM SESSA | SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER

Soup, especially of the crab variety, is in no short supply around Baltimore. Though most people swear by their own deli or bakery, it's better to have a few options.

STONE MILL BAKERY

10751 Falls Road, Suite 123, Green Spring Station, Lutherville // 410-821-1358

HOURS // 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Stone Mill Bakery cooks its vegetable soup, $5.50, until all of the ingredients carry the same delicious tomato tone.Whole baby carrots and green beans gently break apart in your mouth but offer only hints of their former flavor. Several slices of fresh-baked bread come as a side and are prime for dunking.

STEVE'S LUNCH

1065 S. Charles St., Cross Street Market 410-385-2273

HOURS // 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday

As I was on the way out to the car, my carryout bag ripped and the chicken noodle soup, $1.90, came tumbling out onto the sidewalk. When I showed them the damage, the folks at Steve's gave me another order free. The hot and homey broth could have used more chicken, but plenty of wide noodles tipped the scale. Just keep your hand under the bag on the way to the car.

COSTAS INN

4100 North Point Blvd. // 410-477-1975

HOURS // 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

Costas' crab soup, $3.40, sticks to the traditional formula: chopped carrots, tomatoes, celery, peas and corn in a thin broth with Old Bay seasoning. Most of the crabmeatwas shredded, but therewere a few lumps floating around.

ATWATER'S

529 E. Belvedere Ave. // 410-323-2396

HOURS // 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.Monday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Saltines? Ha! Atwater's tosses a massive hunk of fresh bread in with an order of its vegetable borscht, $4.45. Chopped beets lend a darker tint to the cabbage, onions, beans, carrots and even thewalnuts. Don't let the color deter you; the greens keep enough of their own character tomake each spoonful tasty.

Know of a good carryout place? Let us hear about it. Write to sam.sessa@baltsun.com.

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