By Juliet Wilson, Copy Editor

The Huntington University Dining Commons has taken on quite a bit of work this past semester. Since the HUB is currently undergoing renovations, the DC is the only place that is open for dinner. The current lack of variety inspired me to try some foods that I otherwise would have passed up.

Part of my mission to branch out included trying all of the soups that happened to be available when I visited the DC this month. Unfortunately, this list is not a complete collection of the DC’s soup flavors. Like many other students, sometimes forget that the soups exist in their hidden alcove. Regardless, here is my ranking of the DC soups that I — and guest judge Dr. Brautigam — tried.

1. Chicken Noodle

What’s not to like? The DC’s chicken noodle soup is my go-to liquid food option. It’s simple, tasty, and–most importantly–consistent. Students can always count on this soup to be great.

2. Chicken Florentine

This twist on a classic chicken noodle results in a creamy, delicious alternative. It’s much sweeter than I expected, though.

3. Turkey Noodle

Turkey noodle is chicken noodle’s less popular and less attractive cousin. If chicken noodle isn’t available, turkey will do in a pinch–but you’ll be thinking about the original the whole time.

4. Clam Chowder

I was too picky to try this soup, but Dr. Brautigam came to the rescue. He said that it tasted like a chowder, so that’s pretty good.

5. Split Pea

I usually hate split pea soup, but I was pleasantly surprised by this rendition. The texture wasn’t awful and the soup wasn’t too thin. The flavor included unexpected meaty undertones that were a pleasant surprise.

6. Three Bean Vegetable Minestrone

This soup is vegan. As a non-vegan, I was missing meat to add some substance. Maybe a vegan would find this soup less bland.

7. Roasted Corn Chowder

This soup was vegan and marked for avoiding gluten. It was also completely unmemorable. I remember eating a soup that was kind of thick, but that’s all I’ve got.

8. Tomato Basil

This was not the soup for me. It was creamy and chunky and I didn’t finish a single spoonful. 

Overall, I think that the DC does a great job of providing lots of options for soup. What do you think of the soups in the DC?