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Favorite Austin soup spot simmers into shuttered juice joint near Jewish cultural hubs
It may seem odd for a soup-focused restaurant to be so popular in such a warm locale, but Austin loves the Soup Peddler for its versatility and humility. Soup is always accessible, and now it’s even more so with a seventh location opening soon on Far West Boulevard.
The space (near Biderman’s Deli and the Shalom Austin campus) was previously occupied by Daily Juice, which, after 20 years in business, closed the last of its locations on January 22. Juice lovers who frequented the spot will be pleased to find that the Soup Peddler has plenty on its menu. In addition to fresh-pressed juices, it offers smoothies with unique add-ins like local bee pollen and raw hemp protein.
True to the Soup Peddler’s flexible origins — David Ansel was delivering soups by bike to an eclectic fan base of Austin archetypes — its menu is fluid. The family-owned chain offers different menus at each location, with some constant staples like beef bone broth, and a long list of rotating soups waiting for their next chance to shine, including harder-to-find favorites like Hungarian goulash and watermelon gazpacho.
As any great Austin staple would, the Soup Peddler offers lots of vegetarian options as well as some to heat at home. To complement something like a tomato basil (another permanent menu item), a guest may also order grilled cheese or a salad. Everything, no matter how adventurous the ingredients, easily remains a comfort food.
Few Austin businesses can relate so closely to the woes of Daily Juice as the Soup Peddler can; for about a decade, the niche soup seller operated on a delivery-only basis, opening its first brick-and-mortar in 2010 and still faltering during the pandemic, when a 3rd Street location folded less than a year after opening.
Still, having relied on a neighborhood reputation throughout, the Soup Peddler has found resilience in being flexible while continuing to serve the community immediately around it. This time, according to a press release, the team is excited to cater to the Jewish community nearby.
So far, there is no opening date, but the new location should be at 3720 Far West Boulevard, #105, “soon.” More information about existing locations is available at souppeddler.com.