French Onion Soup
You might be asking yourself why, of all soups, we chose to taste test French Onion Soup. We chose it is because of its warmth and gooey deliciousness. French Onion Soup is perfect for the season when we crave warm hearty foods. And think about it, there are not many places locally that offer it. To our surprise, the three restaurants we chose serve it quite differently. From the preparation, to the presentation, to the taste, each one adds its own distinct flair.
1 - Sunset Grill Executive Chef, Felipe Chavez uses red, white, green and yellow onions, shallots, leeks and chives for the most contemporary of the soups we tasted. He seasons his creation with thyme, salt and pepper but the true flavor comes from sautéing the onions in a bacon fry. The addition of heavy cream to the broth makes for a creamy version of this popular soup. Finally, it is crowned with a toasted French baguette and grated Gruyere cheese. The taste is light and comforting, while the presentation is trendy, yet elegant.
2 - De La Vega’s Bob Brainard the Sous Chef at DLV’s claims that, “simple works better.” That may quite well be the case, but simple is not what you taste in the French Onion Soup he prepares. He starts off by sautéing red and yellow onions and shallots; then adds red wine and beef broth. Lastly, he tops it with both mozzarella and provolone cheese. The unique thing about the preparation is that it does not contain any spices or seasonings. Its rich, robust flavor is derived solely from the onions, wine, broth and cheeses. The presentation is simple and well-designed, while the scissors add a touch of cleverness.
3 - Dublin’s
This 17 year-old recipe is exclusive to kitchen manager, Adan Acosta, who claims that the secret rests in the ingredients and the technique. To achieve the most traditional taste, Acosta sautés his onions, adds both beef and chicken broth and simply seasons it with white pepper. This conventional recipe is finished off with croutons and topped with perfectly browned provolone cheese. The soup has a hearty smoothness that is absorbed in the croutons and enjoyed in every bite. A more casual setting and ambiance makes for a laid-back, yet enjoyable experience.
1. Sunset Grill
(575) 521-1826 1274 Golf Club (Sonoma Golf Course) Las Cruces, NM 88011
2. De La Vega's
500 S. Telshor Blvd. Las Cruces, NM 88011 575-521-1099
1745 E. University Ave. Las Cruces, NM 88001 (575) 522-0932