Soup's On!: Tomato Soup and Grilled Cheese at The Roosevelt Tavern

Creamy, crunchy, sweet, spicy, tangy: When done right, the coupling of grilled cheese and tomato soup should have all of these things. When done wrong, it still tastes pretty good, but undoubtedly lacks the sophistication one expects from an $8 meal.

We've all had this classic combo growing up, but over at The Roosevelt Tavern they really class it up a notch. Say goodbye to your Kraft Singles and canned Campbell's tomato soup. We promise you won't ever look back, but you can still dunk if you'd like.

The Roosevelt Tavern is a great little neighborhood bar for the CenPho area. It has won Best Bar Food in 2007 and 2009, and with good reason. We have never had tomato soup quite like the soup we got there.

There isn't enough adjective in the world to describe the multiple textural and flavor sensations you get from a spoonful of this stuff. Explosion maybe? It was hard for us to pick out each and every ingredient that went into this soup (We think there was some corn), but the stand out was definitely all the fresh ground pepper. There was enough pepper to indulge our spice cravings, but it certainly didn't overpower the soup.

Now take that great freshly-made soup and add a grown-up-style grilled cheese? Fuhgettaboutit. The philosophy at The Roosevelt seems to be the more gruyere you melt onto crusty bread, the better sandwich you'll make. We're going to have to agree with them on that one.

This whole meal felt like sinking our teeth into childhood, while still having the sense to get the best ingredients to do it. What's more comforting than that? Nothing. Seriously, we dare you to find something.

We'll leave you to that quest. Tomorrow we'll take a whack at it ourselves at Barrio Café, where we found a soup that tastes like nothing we've ever had before.

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Heather Hoch is a music, food, and arts writer based in Tucson. She enjoys soup, scotch, Electric Light Orchestra, and walking her dog, Frodo.
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