by Meg Seibert
on Monday, December 8th, 2014 at 1:28pm.
I'll begin by saying that I'm not typically a "Soup and Salad" kind of a guy. I must say though when I checked out Zoup! for the first time I was both surprised and impressed. Soup just seems to have so many variations and styles that I feel like it's a food that most of us are easily dissapointed in unless it's Grandma's original recipe.
Zoup! first impressed me with the way the restaurant operates. You get in line in the "decision and taste testing" section where guests can see the 12-15 soups that are available right in front of them. You can ask for as many samples of any type of soup as you want so that you know you actually like the soup before committing to purchase. The employees in my experience have been happy to answer questions and explain how things work. They generally have a few soups that they have on a regular basis and then several soups that are seasonal. It took me less than five minutes from the time I walked in to the time I walked out (take out) and there was a line around 1pm on a Monday afternoon, so they are effecient. The layout and decor is compact, inviting and comfortable.
Zoup! also impressed me with the quality and taste of the soup. I don't know about you but I can't stand those soups that have so much salt that you could preserve your body for 10 years after eating it. I also tend to prefer creamier type soups over brothy soups but Zoup! offers many options so everyone should find a good soup they like. They also have bread bowls (my favorite), soup and salad, soup and sandwich, and sandwich options. I haven't gotten a soup from here that I didn't like and that makes me want to go back.
Zoup! is located in Park City Mall, which is centrally located in Lancaster, Pa. This makes for less than desirable parking anytime you go so be prepared to be patient and to walk a decent distance. If you're shopping in the mall it's a great option and is located in the Fountain Shoppes and can only be accessed from outside the mall.
Zoup! Park City Center (Lancaster, Pa) 717-553-7020 359 Park City Center | Mon-Fri: 11am-9pm | Sat: 11am - 9:30pm | Sun: 11am - 9:30pm