CLOSED My Zoup! review and giveaway: Have a soup – or two, or three! :-)

Update: This giveaway is closed.

There’s nothing better to warm you up on a cold fall day than a bowl of soup. Piping hot and enticing, it is a bowl of heaven to those of us who are in need of nourishment and comfort. Caressing aromas fill up the air, great flavor expectations fuel up the appetites – all in all, it is the perfect setting for gourmands and gourmets alike. I am not a fan of soup in the summer, but during the cold season, soup becomes my usual go-to-lunch and dinner option. Give me a delicious soup and a glass of milk, and they’ll keep me warm and thankful forever 🙂

As a big fan of fall soup flavors, I couldn’t be happier when I was contacted by Zoup! recently to taste some of their soups and bread boules and to host a giveaway. Zoup! is a chain of fast-casual eateries that offers twelve fresh soups daily as well as salads and sandwiches. Customer top soup picks include chicken potpie, lobster bisque and vegetarian split pea, but you can find your own favorite by sampling the soups before you order. You can have your soup served in a bowl or in a bread boule – as a matter of fact, Zoup! is renowned for their sourdough boules, which are brushed with extra virgin olive oil, topped with savory seasonings, and then toasted. To celebrate the arrival of the cold season, Zoup! is offering three special bread boules: Italian herb, olive oil & sea salt and parmesan garlic.

My friend Marina and I visited the Zoup! restaurant on Washington & Wells (one of the two Zoup! locations in downtown Chicago) on a chilly October afternoon. The light was poor and the weather was unfriendly outside, but once we stepped inside the restaurant, we felt at ease. The space was well compartmentalized and the cosy ambiance was charming.

A quick look at the menu and I realized things were getting serious: I was about to choose from among 12 soup varieties! Good range of options indeed:

These are just some of the soups they had available for us to try that day:

With so many options on the table, I thought it was great that Zoup! gave customers the chance to sample the soups before committing to any one in particular. After sampling several, I settled for the overstuffed bell pepper variety, and had it served in an Italian herb bread boule.

This soup was exactly as I had expected: loaded with bell peppers (one of my favorite veggies ever), carrots and celery, chock-full of ground meat, it provided spoonful after spoonful of consistently delicious and hearty goodness. As for the bread boule, the Italian herb seasoning was spot on – after all, I think you can never have enough oregano on your bread 😉

One look at this soup is all it takes to realize you’re in for a treat. Mmmmmmmm…

Soup #2 I sampled was Zoup!’s famous lobster bisque, served in a parmesan garlic bread boule. Meanwhile, my friend opted for macaroni&cheese served in an olive oil & sea salt boule.

Here’s manager Mariana bringing the dishes to our table:

Right off the bat, I fell in love with the cheesy richness of the parmesan garlic bread boule, whose decadent look made me look forward to the upcoming tasting experience:

Mellow, silky yet light like a dream, the bisque overflowed with big chunks of buttery lobster, which had good texture and was seasoned to perfection. As for the boule, it was gloriously thick, moist and satisfying, with just the right hint of garlicky flavor. It is advisable not to stay away from carbs during the cold season, and that’s exactly what I did: I devoured this bread slowly but surely, and my energy level picked up instantly – just in time to face the cold late afternoon outside.

It was raining heavily when my friend and I left Zoup!, and franchise owner Jim and manager Mariana kindly offered to host us for awhile longer. We really appreciated their gesture, but had to say goodbye regardless. With our bellies full of hearty food and our noses full of soup and bread aromas, we felt ready to conquer the unwavering city weather. We came, we sampled, we devoured – and we will definitely return to this location. After all, soup season has just started 😉

Zoup! is offering Chicago Loves Panini readers the chance to win one of five $25 Zoup! gift cards to try out delicious soups, bread boules and sandwiches this fall.

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post and answer the following question: What’s your favorite soup?

Giveaway open to US residents only 18 years of age or older. One entry per person. Deadline for entries is 6PM central time on November 11, 2017. Five winners will be chosen on or around November 12, 2017 by using a random number generator and will have 72 hours to respond to the winner notification email. I reserve the right to pick alternative winners if the original winners do not contact me 72 hours after receipt of winner notification email.

Good luck!

*Disclaimer: Zoup! provided a complimentary tasting of their products to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed here are my own.


70 Comments

  • Dpham

    October 27, 2017

    I love the overstuffed peppers soup at Zoup!

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  • Tabitha

    October 29, 2017

    Their pumpkin pie bisque is my favorite!!! I wait for it all year

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  • Jeffrey

    October 29, 2017

    I love soup and feel that there is an occasion for just about any variety. With that said, my favorite is Italian Wedding Soup. We’ve never been to Zoup!, but after looking over their menu I’m gonna make a lunch date with my wife! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

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  • Pat

    November 1, 2017

    My favorite soup is New England clam chowder.

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  • Kimberly O

    November 2, 2017

    I love the Chicken Pot Pie soup! Put any soup in a boule and I am all over it! Thanks!

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  • Sandy H

    November 2, 2017

    I love traditional chicken soup.

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  • Fredrick Pauly

    November 2, 2017

    Chicken Enchilada Soup

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  • Talia

    November 2, 2017

    My favorite soup is tortilla soup!

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  • Char

    November 2, 2017

    I love clam chowder, I love your blog. Thank you so much!!

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  • Joy Q

    November 2, 2017

    My favorite soup is the lobster bisque.

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  • Lori Walker

    November 4, 2017

    My favorite soup is chicken noodle.

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  • Alexandra Y

    November 4, 2017

    My favorite soup is broccoli cheddar.

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  • Danielle

    November 4, 2017

    I make a cauliflower soup that is pretty amazing.

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  • Ann Fantom

    November 5, 2017

    My favorite soup is chicken corn soup

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  • kim brooks

    November 5, 2017

    my favorite soup would be cream of crab soup with crackers ! i could eat it every day!

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  • Shannon Baas

    November 5, 2017

    I like French onion.

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  • Cynthia C

    November 5, 2017

    My favorite is Italian Wedding Soup.

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  • Tari Lawson

    November 5, 2017

    My favorite soup is Italian wedding soup.

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  • AliceC

    November 5, 2017

    I like a lot of soups. Maybe a Corn Chowder or a Goulash Soup.

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  • Suzanne

    November 5, 2017

    Cream of broccoli

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  • Ashley C

    November 5, 2017

    I love a delicious taco soup

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  • Cassandra

    November 5, 2017

    I like the Lobster Bisque, Chicken Tortilla, and Cajun Chicken & Sausage Gumbo.

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  • kathy Agate

    November 5, 2017

    I enjoy all warm soups in the winter, but chicken noodle is my favorite

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  • frank agate

    November 5, 2017

    Lentil soup is my favorite

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  • Adrienne Gordon

    November 5, 2017

    I like chicken tortilla.

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  • Traci

    November 5, 2017

    Lobster Bisque and Clam Chowder are my favorite soups!

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  • Pat Schwab

    November 5, 2017

    There are so many choices. I like the chicken pot pie. Thanks

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  • Maria S

    November 6, 2017

    I love broccoli chicken!

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  • Aaron

    November 6, 2017

    My favorite soup is split pea.

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  • Tom Bellamy

    November 6, 2017

    My favorite soup is vegetable.

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  • Tracy Pryor

    November 6, 2017

    My favorite soup is crab bisque.

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  • Susan Smith

    November 6, 2017

    My favorite soup is chicken noodle.

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  • elizabeth miller

    November 6, 2017

    My favorite soup is bean and ham. Yum!!

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  • Kimmy Ripley

    November 7, 2017

    I don’t know… that’s a tough question! Either lobster bisque or clam chowder!

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  • Monique Rizzo

    November 7, 2017

    Brocolli Cheddar is my favorite.
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

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  • Erica B.

    November 8, 2017

    I like tomato soup.

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  • susan smoaks

    November 8, 2017

    right now i really love lentil soup. i eat it almost everyday.

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  • Jen R

    November 9, 2017

    I love tomato soups the most. A cream type tomato soup with croutons is wonderful.

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  • Lisa V.

    November 9, 2017

    I like a Maryland Cream of Crab soup.

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  • Jennifer H.

    November 9, 2017

    I like cream of broccoli.

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  • John H.

    November 9, 2017

    I like potato soup.

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  • Carol

    November 10, 2017

    I like bean soup.

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  • amy guillaume linderman

    November 10, 2017

    i really love broccoli cheese soup….my mouth is watering from your descriptions

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  • Janice Crespo

    November 10, 2017

    I’ve never tried their soup. While they aren’t exactly close to me, they are about an hour or so away near my best friend of 52 years so …. it would make a great place to visit. Hopefully, they carry New England Clam Chowder – my absolute favorite soup!

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  • Annmarie W.

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite soup is cheese broccoli! But I love so many different soups: Italian Wedding soup, baked potato soup, tomato, chicken enchilada soup…

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  • Adrianne B

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite soup is broccoi cheddar!

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  • Amber cheras

    November 10, 2017

    Bacon potato soup is my favorite

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  • angie w

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite is roasted broccoli and cheddar or black bean. Thanks!

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  • Peggy Rydzewski

    November 10, 2017

    my homemade cheese potatoes bacon soup.

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  • Lynne T

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite soup is Matzoh Ball.

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  • Shauna

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite soup is the Chicken Pot Pie soup at Zoup! I love this place. It’s a great spot to grab some soup to take home and enjoy. Thanks for the chance!

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  • jeremy mclaughlin

    November 10, 2017

    Favorite is chicken noodle.

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  • Angelica Dimeo

    November 10, 2017

    I have never been to zoup but my favorite soup is tomato bisque

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  • Angela Thomas

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite soup is Taco Soup, so yummy and perfect for fall and winter!

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  • Yona Williams

    November 10, 2017

    I love creamy soups, like broccoli cheese soup.

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  • Kelly Skibbe

    November 10, 2017

    My favorite is french onion soup. I love Zoup!!! There is one near my work in Downer’s Grove and it is so perfect for this time of year!

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  • Audra

    November 10, 2017

    I love broccoli cheese soup

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  • KENNETH OHL

    November 10, 2017

    I love clam chowder

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  • Kevin

    November 10, 2017

    I like tomato soup.

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  • Edie

    November 10, 2017

    I enjoy a nice bowl of French onion soup.

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  • meredith

    November 11, 2017

    I really love a good autumn soup or butternut squash

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  • Renee Rousseau

    November 11, 2017

    Crab Chowder is my favorite soup! When I make Crab Chowder it is usually more of a potato bisque with Crab to avoid using the heavy cream.

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  • Lisa V.

    November 11, 2017

    Cream of broccoli soup – yum!

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  • Julie R

    November 11, 2017

    Homemade chicken soup with shells is my favorite

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  • kelly woods

    November 11, 2017

    Chicken Noodle yum yum

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  • Sheree

    November 11, 2017

    My favorite is broccoli cheese

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  • Kurt H

    November 11, 2017

    I love lobster bisque!

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  • Tracy Shafer

    November 11, 2017

    I love their lobster bisque

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  • Ina Fowler

    November 11, 2017

    I’m a soupaholic love ❤️ all and eat soup everyday!

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  • Laurie Emerson

    November 11, 2017

    My favorite soup is Lobster Bisque.

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