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Birchwood's Creamy Tomato Basil Soup: 100 Favorite Dishes

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As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, The Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to [email protected]

No. 27: Birchwood's Creamy Tomato Basil Soup The problem with the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup of youth is that it doesn't actually taste very good, between the microwaved Campbell's and the melted Kraft single sandwiched between a couple of margarine-slathered slices of Wonder bread. So if you're hit with a fit of wistful childhood reminiscence, but know that the old-school version won't satisfy your adult palate, head to the Birchwood and hope they have their killer creamy tomato basil soup on the menu. This soup has the enviable quality of being at once acidic and creamy--the flavors are as bold as its bright orange hue. It's served with a sliver of grilled cheese on the side and a few slices of fresh-baked bread, studded with seeds or herbs that give it a lot more interest than the mass-produced stuff. It's next-generation nostalgia.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi
No. 99: Eclair at Butter
No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica
No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe
No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya
No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep
No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen
No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French
No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips
No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill
No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant
No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's
No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe
No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog
No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe
No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's
No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino
No. 83: Uni at Origami
No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots
No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì
No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho
No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake
No. 78: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad
No. 77: Be'wiched Deli pastrami sandwich
No. 76: La Grassa's lima bean appetizer
No. 75: Bulldog NE Tater Tots
No. 74: Pop's Swedish Meatballs
No. 73: Hot Plate's Caramel Apple French Toast
No. 72: Grand Cafe's Ham and Cheese
No. 71: Galactic Pizza's Thailander
No. 70: Jackson's milk chocolate gelato
No. 69: Patrick's Bakery and Cafe's tiramisu

No. 68: Punch's Chopped Italian Salad
No. 67: Red Stag's Smelt Fries
No. 66: Mancini's Grilled Garlic Bread
No. 65: Uptown Bulldog's Chicago Dog
No. 64: Crema Cafe's Sorbet Spritzer
No. 63: Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy
No. 62: Baker's Wife Doughnut
No. 61: Bar Abilene Guacamole
No. 60: St. Paul Cheese Shop Cheesemonger
No. 59: Fasika Vegi Sampler
No. 58: Sen Yai Sen Lek Lettuce Wrap
No. 57: Saffron Mini Lamb BLT
No. 56: Dominguez Family Restaurant Green Salsa
No. 55: D'Amico Bottomless Glass of Wine
No. 54: Pizza Luce Spinach Salad
No. 53: Barbette's Mussels
No. 52: New Scenic Cafe's Triple Berry Pie
No. 51: Birchwood Cafe's Cobbler
No: 50: Tanpopo's Mackerel Teishoku
No. 49: Town Talk Diner's Frickles
No. 48: La Sirena Gorda Ceviche
No. 47: Spring Grove Soda
No. 46: Subo pork candy
No. 45: Cocoa & Fig Carrot Cake Cookie No. 44: Kramarczuk's Holubets
No. 43: Midori's Udon Noodle Soup
No. 42: Key's Caramel Roll
No. 41: Blue Door Pub's Jiffy Burger
No. 40: Om's Wild Salmon
No. 39: Acqua's Ragu alla Bolognese
No. 38: Monte Carlo's Chicken Noodle Soup
No. 37: Hong Kong Noodle's e-fu noodles
No. 36: Cheeky Monkey's Kale
No. 35: Northeast Social's Rosemary Panna Cotta
No. 34: Bradstreet's Moscato Gelee Float
No. 33: Rustica's Bittersweet Chocolate Cookie
No. 32: Vincent's Vincent Burger
No. 31: Brasa's Roasted Pork Sandwich
No. 30: Lucia's Farmers' Salad
No. 29: Anchor Fish & Chips Shepherd's Pie
No. 28: Craftsman's Charcuterie Plate