On a cooler, wetter day, warm soup does a body good.

The High Horse Saloon and Eatery at 3953 Montana Avenue is a great place to decompress at lunchtime.  The dimmer lighting rests the eyes and sets a more relaxed mood.  The lacquered wood bar and tables adds to the warm atmosphere.

I had come many times before for their clam chowder, a savory spice-loaded soup I think was among the best around.  A filling dish that had the only side effect of burps that tasted like the meal for the rest of the day.  Not that it's a bad thing.

Bad News: clam chowder is no longer available.  The chef who made it had moved on to other ventures.  Darn, I'm going to miss that treat.

Good News: New soups are now available like this tomato bisque.

Credit: Travis Lee, TSM
Credit: Travis Lee, TSM

Every spoonful provides a rich burst of flavor.  The creamy tomato is textured with nearly pureed vegetables, with a soft heat from spices.  This is just the right amount to fill you up to keep going into the afternoon.

The nice waitress tipped me to a shredded carrot and sweet potato soup that she admitted, "I can't leave it alone."  Will try that next time.

These two soups will definitely satisfy 2 or 3 servings of the veggies you're supposed to have for the day.

Now if you are a meat and potatoes person like me, I recommend the five chicken strips lunch with a hot crush potato.  Won't need another meal until breakfast the next morning, though you may want an afternoon nap ;)

Credit: Travis Lee, TSM
Credit: Travis Lee, TSM
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