Souper Jenny

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Locations (hours and daily menus vary by store/see website for details):

  • 1082 Huff Road, Atlanta, Georgia (Westside/West Midtown)
  • 4274 Peachtree Road, Atlanta, Georgia (Brookhaven) 
  • 1 West Court Square, Decatur, Georgia (Decatur) 
  • 56 E. Andrews Dr., NW Suite 22, Atlanta, GA 30305 (Buckhead)

Website: http://www.souperjennyatl.com/ 
Price: $-$$
Atmosphere: casual; homey; natural light; ample outdoor seating at Westside location

Souper Jenny’s mission is for you to leave the restaurant saying: “I love this place. I love how I feel when I’m here, and I can’t wait to come back.” Founded and managed by Jenny Levison, Souper Jenny offers healthy options at a great value, so it’s no surprise that people have been lining up for Jenny’s soups, salads, and sandwiches for over thirteen years. It seems that plenty of Atlantans do leave Souper Jenny restaurants with the mission on their mind and on their lips.

Ashley and I visited the Souper Jenny in West Midtown (1082 Huff Road, Atlanta, GA 30318) for lunch. Souper Jenny offers vegetarian and vegan options daily, and also indicates which menu items are gluten free. We each opted for the “lunch special” which comes with more food than you can possibly eat at one sitting. Specifically, the $14.00 special gets you two menu items, a roll, the “daily treat” (usually, a choice between two cookies), one piece of fresh fruit (usually, a banana, apple, or orange), and a drink of your choice (which, at the Westside location, includes Batdorf & Bronson coffee and Zen tea).

Creamy Cauliflower and Mushroom Soup / Roasted Chicken Salad Sandwich on Focaccia with Celery, Carrots, Dried Cranberries & Mixed Greens

I chose a soup and sandwich: Cauliflower and Mushroom soup and a Chicken Salad Sandwich on Focaccia Bread. The cauliflower and mushroom soup was thick and satisfying, containing plenty of earthy mushroom flavor. I would definitely recommend this delicious, creamy, vegetarian soup.

The chicken salad sandwich looked very appealing with the fresh greens (arugula and spinach) and the beautiful bread. However, this sandwich, while good, was not as flavorful as its appearance suggested. The dried cranberry in the chicken salad is a nice touch, but overall the sandwich seemed just a touch lacking.

Caprese Pita with Tomato, Avocado, Mozzarella, Basil & Spinach / Roasted Beets with Swiss Chard, Fennel, Blue Cheese and a Green Goddess Dressing

Ashley ordered the beet salad which came with beets, swiss chard and fennel. The salad had a lot of great, earthy, beet flavor. However, this salad isn’t just for beet lovers. With the fennel, just the right amount of Green Goddess dressing, and blue cheese, this salad should be enjoyed by even those who are a little wary of beets. I highly recommend it.

Ashley’s second choice was the caprese pita. This sandwich comes with tomato, avocado, fresh mozzarella, basil and spinach in a Holeman & Finch pita. Like my sandwich, I found this pita a little bit under seasoned. The avocado was a really nice addition to the traditional “caprese salad” but I think I would have enjoyed this sandwich more if it had some added oil and balsamic vinegar or perhaps a little more salt. My guess is that because the sandwiches are pre-made they choose not to overdress them, thus assuring undesirable sogginess.

At least based on our experience, the soups and salads are the way to go at Souper Jenny. The cauliflower and mushroom soup was definitely a standout dish that I could eat with regularity, and I found the beet salad to be very, very good. As a bonus, Souper Jenny sells soups by the quart, so you can pick up dinner or plan for weekday brown bagging without all the work! We are really fortunate to have Souper Jenny in Atlanta. Jenny Levison’s restaurants make having a healthy lunch easy, enjoyable and affordable.