Tavern on the Summit's Traditional Onion Soup satisfies my soul.
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
Tavern on the Summit serves Traditional Onion Soup for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Other scrumptious soups are offered as daily specials. But their onion soup is always on the menu and deservedly so.
It is a long-time favorite and consistently delicious. As a child my favorite soup was French onion, and it still is. A bowl of this simply rich soup is a meal in itself as it combines cheese, bread, vegetable, and meat broth. It is also warm, comforting and familiar—just as the restaurant itself. And each bowl is as tasty as the last.
The piping hot, brown crock arrives atop an under-plate and covered in a blanket of melted cheese. The blanket wraps over and cleaves itself to the sides of the bowl. Piercing the blanket with the soupspoon, steam and rich aromas rise from the bowl, and strings of cheese collapses onto the dark and intense stock, which is loaded with caramelized onions, rounds of bread croutons, and luscious layers of their rich flavors.
Legend has it that French onion soup was created by King Louis XV of France. It is told that he grew hungry, late one night at his hunting lodge, but only had onions, butter and Champagne in the house. So he mixed them together creating the first French onion soup. Carry on the tradition—and eat like a king!