Henk’s is known for its black forest cakes and German sausages, but the cozy European-style café also is a prime spot for hearty, homemade soups during the winter. “It’s the old Dutch, Swiss and German recipes that have been around forever,” says co-owner Adrian Winnubst, whose family came over from Holland and bought the restaurant 21 years ago. Soups of the day include potato on Fridays, loaded with carrots, onions, celery and premium red potatoes. There’s split pea on Thursdays, which comes with pieces of bacon hiding under the surface for a nice pork flavor. For all the soups, Winnubst says chefs use beef stock from leftover pork loin bones in the deli. They make five gallons of soup a day and typically sell out by closing time.
Henk’s European Deli & Black Forest Bakery
Price range: $2.50-$3.50 for soups
Ambiance: Rustic European
Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Tip: The famous cheese soup is served on Saturdays.
More East Dallas soup spots
1 Urbano Café
The tomato basil soup is worth the trip, even if parking is a hassle.
2 La Calle Doce
There are five soups to choose from. If you’re feeling adventurous, try the sopa de mariscos with shrimp, clams, mussels and octopus.
3 Garden Café
With fresh veggies and herbs plucked from the restaurant’s garden, this Junius Heights spot has homemade chili and soup every day.
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