Chef Zachary Overfield is a born and raised Hendersonian, having grown up in the East End and still residing in the neighborhood. He’s successfully managed multiple kitchens and is currently head chef and culinary instructor at Earle C. Clements Job Corps. Join us each month for Chef Zach’s culinary adventures around Henderson!
5 Soul-warming, Winter-approved Soups
By Zach Overfield
For this month’s culinary expedition through Henderson, we’ll be highlighting some delicious, warm-you-to-your-bones soups. I’m featuring five local eateries who have it going on in the soup department, because when the weather outside is frightful, a warm bowl of soup is just so delightful!
Planters – 130 North Main Street
My first stop was at Planters, our local coffee shop in downtown Henderson. Everything on the menu emphasizes homemade flavor and freshness, so if you’re looking for an authentic Henderson lunch, you’ve got to add Planters to your list. Wednesday is potato soup day, and since the word got out to the locals, if you’re not there early, it’ll probably be gone. This potato soup has a buttery note and silky smooth texture that keeps you coming back for another bite— a no meat necessary dish. The dice on the potato and onion is a very uniform cut so that your spoon is full of flavor with every bite. This potato soup is a sure delight to warm your soul on a frigid day.
Metzger’s – 1000 Powell Street
The second location I stopped into was Metzger’s. Not just a burger joint, Metzger’s also has a couple of different tasty soups, and today I will be calling attention to their chili. Metzger’s chili is a welcomed take on old school Germen culinary techniques, like adding noodles to make the dish stretch and fill your stomach. This chili has the right mixture of spices, ground beef, beans, and spaghetti noodles and is served with a side car of oyster crackers. This chili is perfect for the working man to enjoy on a lunch break or a cold traveler exploring all that Henderson has to offer.
Rockhouse at Wolf’s – 31 North Green Street
Do yourself a favor and head to Rockhouse at Wolf’s, “where friends meet since 1878,” and get a bowl of classic bean soup. Our journey continues with Rockhouse at Wolf’s, perched on the corner of First and Green. This soup is a seasonal specialty for Rockhouse at Wolf’s, only available from October to March, which is the perfect time of the year for hot, full of flavor bean soup. This soup is served with a side of house-made muffin cornbread and butter— no crackers needed. This is not your average canned soup. With every bite, you can taste the mirepoix of onions, carrots, and celery, and let’s not forget the star of the show, the beans. Rockhouse at Wolf’s is favorite among locals, and if you’re extending your weekend stay in Henderson, be sure to grab a table for pub trivia on Mondays at 7 p.m.!
Sidewalk Café – 228 2nd Street
If you are looking for nostalgia, head on down to the Sidewalk Café and grab yourself a bowl of cheeseburger soup. Sidewalk Café offers an array of different lunch items like salads and soups. This month, I tried their cheeseburger soup, normally sold as a special on Tuesdays. This soup is cheesy and thick with loads of fresh ground beef, and they sure don’t skimp on the meat. With a creamy cheesy texture, you just can’t go wrong. This soup reminds me of some cheeseburger mac from my childhood, but with a grown-up twist.