Soup for You shop offers meals for everyone

Toby McAdam laughs that sometimes he gets calls from people referring to the famous “Seinfeld” sitcom soup episode, asking him: “Is this the soup Nazi?”

But, contrary to the grouchy Yev Kassem who tells the Seinfeld characters, “No soup for you!” McAdam picked a business name, Soup for You, to show his soups are available to anyone looking for a simple, healthy and delicious meal.

McAdam started his restaurant about a month ago. It’s located down a side hall in the mall off of Park Street that houses Western Drug, True Value and several other businesses and offices at 1313 West Park St.

Soup for You occupies a small space with a few tables for patrons to sit down and enjoy a meal to soft music and outdoor scenery playing on a TV screen on the wall, but the business’ main focus is on takeout.

Soup for You operates under McAdam’s parent company, Spices for Life, which grinds and markets spices.

“I’ve always wanted to open a restaurant,” McAdam said on what led to launching the new business.

Soup for You provides customers with a wide variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. McAdam says what makes his food unique is the healthy way it is prepared and the variety he offers.

McAdam uses distilled water to make all his soups, saying things added to city water, like chlorine, ruins the taste. He never uses a microwave to heat the soups because he believes it breaks down the natural benefits, and instead uses induction heat.

The vegetables that go into his soup are frozen within a few hours after they are picked and shipped to him from a supplier, he said. The beef in the soups and salads is grass-fed with no antibiotics, and the chicken is cage-free. None of his soups contain MSG, or monosodium glutamate. His foods feature low sodium content and are gluten-free with no artificial flavorings.

Another unique factor is that customers can order the soup to the temperature of their liking — from chilled to warm to hot, served in environmentally friendly paper bowls.

McAdam offers nearly 70 varieties of soup, rotating them five at a time from week to week. For example, the restaurant’s soups for this week are Toby’s Montana Grande Chili, Seafood Gumbo, Italian Wedding, Aztec Blackbean and French Onion.

He cooks the soups and then chills them to keep them fresh until an order comes in for what temperature the customer wants them.

The salads are likewise healthily made, with organic lettuce, with a large variety of toppings offered, from artichokes to zuccini to smoked bacon, turkey and chicken breast, and deli roast beef.

“There’s no other place like this where you can actually pick your own toppings, pick your own (type) of lettuce,” he said.

He will make salads from 16 ounces to 160 ounces, and soups from 8 ounces to 3 quarts.

Sandwich varieties include pulled pork, pulled chicken and pulled beef.

Prices range from $3 for a soup, roll and drink; to $4 for a sandwich and a drink; to $6 for a soup, salad, roll and drink; to $8.50 endless soup, salad, rolls and drinks.

Soup for You is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, with free delivery during that time. After-hours delivery is done any time from 3 p.m. till 11 a.m., with a $3 charge. 

The business can be reached at 333-3111. For more information, visit www.soupsforyou.today.

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Dwight Harriman may be reached at dharriman@livent.net.

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