The official start of Spring is Tuesday, March 19.

In South Jersey, the spring season can have a cold, almost winter like feeling.  Rain and wind (and sometimes snow) are common almost through April, but one positive is there are plenty of great soups to try in the area while the weather is still chilly.

The website PhillyEater.com came up with various soups from South Jersey to create the ultimate list of great soups with seven soups from our area to try before the summer season gets here.

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Lets start off with the French Onion Soup at The Smithville Inn.

The crispy onion topped French onion soup at The Smithville Inn is certain to warm up any cold winter day. Enjoy a crock of this cheesy vegetable soup all on its own or as a precursor to the filet medallions sandwich or chicken pot pie.

You can try this soup at 1 North New York Road in Galloway.

Next up we head down the Parkway a bit, getting off at exit 30 in Somers Point to try the Creamy Crab Bisque at The Crab Trap.

The Crab Trap is known for its expansive seafood menu, so it’s no wonder that a seafood-laden soup would be on the roster at this Somers Point restaurant. You’ll find a few different soup varieties on the menu; however, it’s the creamy crab bisque that is a popular draw for diners. The rich and creamy bisque features generous portions of crabmeat making for a filling dish to enjoy all on its own or as a welcome first course.

You can visit the Crap Trap at 2 Broadway in Somers Point.

From Somers point, over the bridge to Ocean City to try the Baked Jersey Tomato Soup at Varsity Inn

The Jersey tomato is a star player in many culinary dishes throughout the state, so it’s no wonder the baked Jersey tomato soup at the Varsity Inn would be a staple on the menu. Enjoy this cheese-topped tomato soup baked in a crock and served with garlic croutons. Savor this popular soup on its own or have it alongside a grilled cheese sandwich for the ideal comfort food combo.

The Varsity Inn is 605 East 8th Street in Ocean City.

As we leave Ocean City and head over to Upper Township, we find the French Onion Soup at the Tuckahoe Inn.

The French onion soup at Tuckahoe Inn is a signature menu item and one that serves as an excellent start to your meal or as an accompaniment to a sandwich of your choosing. Rich beef broth intermingles with caramelized onions and is then topped off with garlic croutons and Swiss and muenster cheeses for pure soup perfection.

The Tuckahoe Inn is at 1 Harbor Road in Marmora.

As we head further south, we find the She Crab Soup at the Deauville Inn in Strathmere.

The Deauville Inn offers bayside views and an expansive dining menu where soup options are plentiful. One soup offering that receives rave reviews is the she crab soup, a rich and creamy concoction of crabmeat, porcini mushrooms, and sherry.

Stop by the Deauville Inn at 201 West Willard Road in Strathmere.

As we travel down to Seven Mile Island and head into Stone Harbor, we have another great soup to try, the New England Clam Chowder at Sax at the Reeds

Sax at the Reeds, located within The Reeds at Shelter Haven resort, has the soup you’re searching for when vacationing down the shore. The New England clam chowder with bacon, leeks, and Yukon gold potatoes is sure to pique the interest of seafood soup lovers who adore a thick, rich chowder.

Sax at the Reeds is located at 9601 Third Avenue in Stone Harbor.

Finally we are going down to Cape May to historic Cape May and Congress Hall to try the Chicken Noodle at Blue Pig Tavern.

Located inside the historic Congress Hall Hotel in Cape May, the Blue Pig Tavern draws a crowd, both during the summer and in the off-season. If you’re searching for a sensational dining experience ranging from soups and sandwiches to entrees, the cafe is a good choice. For soup lovers, look no further than the housemade chicken noodle soup which features generous portions of chicken, fresh vegetables, herbs, and egg noodles. You can enjoy this item as a starter or order the soup and sandwich combo which comes with a grilled cheese sandwich for a complete meal.

Check out the Blue Pig at Congress Hall at 200 Congress Place in Cape May.

Those are just seven areas soups to try, where are some of your favorite spots in South Jersey for soup?

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