All about soups
A Q&A with Sabrina Freudeman of Samantha’s Restaurant
One day in mid-November, there were 16 varieties of soup available at Samantha’s Restaurant in Jackson Township.
“I love soup,” said Sabrina Freudeman owner of the restaurant at 4954 Portage Street NW, which has been in business 17 years.
“I sell a lot of soups here. I’ve basically been known for it. A lot of people get quarts to take home, chicken noodle if someone is sick.”
Q. What are your most popular soups?
A. “The most popular is the red pepper gouda. It’s tomato-based with Gouda cheese. It’s thick and rich; people love it. The wedding soup, which we make from scratch, is also popular. It’s my family recipe—meatballs, spinach, Romano cheese, chicken and all the fun stuff that smells so good when it’s done. The lobster bisque is real popular. That’s one I do not make here.”
Q. Do you have soups for people with special dietary needs?
A. “Yes, gluten-free and vegan. I have a hearty-grain mushroom that is gluten-free. There’s a vegetarian ravioli soup that’s tomato-based. Every once in awhile, I have a vegan group that comes in and I make soups for them.”
Q. Is your soup business seasonal?
A. “I’d say so. I normally carry 12 soups, I have 16 now, six of those we made here. Sometimes there’s 20. There’s normally eight or nine during the summer. We have a butternut squash apple cider soup that’s seasonal. Right now, I’ve got a scratch soup, Thai chicken, that’s made with chicken, Thai dumplings, edamame and orzo.”
Q. Don’t you have soup samplers for people who can’t pick just one?
A. “We have soup flights that are three for $5.50. And we also have bread bowls and pretzel bowls.”
Q. When Zoup! opened down the street, did it cut into your soup business at all?
A. “It’s not really competition for us. I’ve been doing soup long before they came.”
4954 Portage St. NW, Jackson Twp. Hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. For more details, visit samanthas-restaurant.com or call 330-499-9700.