5 Faves: Meals in a Bowl

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Summer is quickly approaching, but the nights can still be nippy. Say goodbye to spring with one of these comforting dishes.

Scott’s Cioppino
Scott’s Seafood Grill & Bar
Seafood lovers will think they’ve hit the payload with Scott’s cioppino, crammed full of crab, tender chunks of fresh fish, prawns, clams and mussels – there’s even some habanero sausage tucked in there – all bathed in a complex, roasted tomato-fennel broth.
545 Munroe Street (in Loehmann’s Plaza), Sacramento, (916) 489-1822; www.scottsseafood.net

Duk gook
Cho Dang Tofu House

A delicate, chicken broth-based soup traditionally enjoyed during Asian Lunar New Year, this delicious Korean dish is filled with soft, oval-shaped rice cakes and fat dumplings. Sprinkled with sliced green onions and chopped hard boiled egg, this is a soothing, nourishing meal.
9243 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, (916) 362-2190

Vegetarian Chili
The Bread Store

Hearty and packed with vegetables, this is a vegetarian chili even carnivores will admire. Dunk a (well-buttered) slice of the store’s delicious house-made bread into the bowl and soak up those healthy juices.
1716 J Street, Sacramento, (916) 557-1600

Pozole Verde
Zócalo
Had a hard night? This fabulous pozole, with its green tomatillo-chile broth, fragrant with robust Mexican spices, is sure to cure what ails you. Filled with hunks of fork-tender pork and flower-like blooms of hominy, the soup is topped with shredded cabbage and served up with lemon slices, fine-diced white onion and chopped cilantro.
1801 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, (916) 441-0303; www.myspace.com/zocalosacramento

Seafood and corn chowder
McCormick & Schmick’s

A far cry from the unctuous, overly-thick chowders one often finds at seafood restaurants, McCormick & Schmick’s seafood and corn chowder is an absolute delight. Full of texture and clean, pleasing flavors, this indulgent soup is one of the restaurant’s star attractions.
1194 Roseville Parkway, Roseville, (916) 960-4875; www.mccormickandschmicks.com