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Nothing quite says comfort like a big delicious bowl of warm of matzah ball soup. Matzah balls come in all shapes and sizes. While some are symmetrically round and light enough to float, others are less spherical and can weigh down a fishing line. Either way, there is no denying that matzah ball soup will satisfy your craving for a delicious soup for any time of the day. Here are the best places in Orange County to get it.

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(credit: Andi N./yelp)


Benji’s Deli
1828 N Tustin Ave
Santa Ana, CA 92705
(714) 541-6263
www.benjiesdeli.com

Celebrating their 50th year in Tustin, Benji’s Deli may be known for their pastrami sandwiches, but you can’t pass up the soup. Their delicious matzah ball soup includes matzah ball, chicken and carrots. The regular size is served with one matzah ball and the large comes with two. If you’re feeling exceptionally hungry, Benji’s has a 44 oz container to go that has three large appetizing matzah balls.

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(credit: Tommy Pastrami)


Tommy Pastrami New York Delicatessen
3751 S Harbor Blvd.
Santa Ana, CA 92704
(714) 540-2700
www.tommypastraminydeli.com

Home to the jumbo overstuffed pastrami sandwich, Tommy Pastrami is no stranger to authentic New York-style delicatessen food. The Tommy Pastrami experience is much more traditional, flavorful, and satisfying than the typical fast food restaurant. In fact, customers also consistently rave about the matzah Ball soup due to the large pieces of fresh chicken. So, the next time you need some Jewish penicillin, head over to Tommy’s for some amazing soup that will warm you to the core.

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(credit: Gary’s Deli)


Gary’s Deli
3309 Pacific Coast Hwy.
Corona Del Mar, CA 92625
(949) 675-2193
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For nearly 40 years, Gary’s Deli has been serving up traditional deli style food in Corona Del Mar. Here, you can expect a line out the door during rush-hour, and be prepared to take your food to go or eat outside as inside seating is minimal. Gary’s matzah ball soup might look modest, but the savory broth packs a knockout punch of flavor. The hefty matzah balls still manage to be light and airy though.

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Harbor Deli
34667 Golden Lantern St
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-0424
www.danapointharbor.com

This harbor-side delicatessen has won plenty of accolades for their sandwiches, but just as impressive is their flying saucer-sized bowl of matzah ball soup.. Served with a side of fresh baked rye bread, it’s a must order at Harbor Deli. The golden broth is subtle and clean tasting, not overly salty or greasy, with one impressive orb (the perfect happy-medium between a sinker and floater), nestled in a bowl of carrots, cabbage and egg noodles.

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Bristol Farms (Cafe)
810 Avocado Ave,
Newport Beach, CA 92660
(949) 760-6514
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Bristol Cafe is a full service restaurant and cafe inside all Bristol Farms’ stores. Bristol Farms’ soups are handmade daily from scratch by a small team of soup chefs in a central kitchen. In fact, Bristol Farms carries over 75 varieties of soup year-round. Their soup chefs meticulously make each batch with attention to detail by using fresh quality ingredients, such as chicken that is strictly fed antibiotic-free feed, farm-fresh vegetables, and quality spices. Their matzah ball soup is very filling and can easily pass as a complete meal with all of the chicken, noodles and vegetables it has packed in it.

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(credit:Kristi O./yelp)


OC Kosher Market
688 El Camino Real
Tustin, CA 92780
(714) 838-3108
www.ockosher.com

Finding a legit Kosher Deli in Orange County can be a daunting task, but now you don’t have to look any further. OC Kosher Market carries a wide selection of fresh and frozen food as well as kosher meats and chickens. There are Glatt Kosher Deli Sandwiches as well as their wildly popular matzah ball soup. The soup is served with one large plump matzah ball surrounded by tender pieces of chicken, carrots and celery. Customers can also get their soup to go in a single or double serving and enjoy it on the outside patio.

Melodi Steinberg is a freelance writer out of Orange County. She typically covers food and family lifestyle topics. Her work can be found at www.eatdrinkoc.com and www.familyreviewguide.com

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