Zoup is a Downtown lunch spot for soups, salads and sandwiches. The chain has about 50 locations in the Midwest, the East and Colorado, and it has a variety of vegan and vegetarian soups that rotate regularly.
Customers can sample soup at the right end of the counter, and they order to the left of the sample station. The setup for the Downtown storefront is confusing for all but the regular customers.
The soups have a reconstituted character. Most have as much depth as Progresso. Vegan and vegetarian options are clearly marked.
The broccoli and cheese soup was milky nacho cheese with flaccid, lifeless broccoli florets drowning in its essence. The macaroni and cheese soup has a similar base with gummy elbow macaroni replacing the broccoli.
The vegan chili is made with kidney beans and textured soy protein. It was remarkably average chili.
The Cali Veg sandwich comes on a multigrain flatbread wrap stuffed with cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, provolone cheese, guacamole and tzatziki. It is essentially a salad in a tortilla.
The Greek salad was traditional with the exception of the balsamic dressing.
Combo orders are served with bread. The portions are adequate, but upsizing the soup is a good idea considering the portion size and price.
Although Zoup provides choices for vegetarians, the cookie cutter soups and middling fare are not worth the effort.