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By Brittany Doohan

I don’t know about you, but when San Francisco gets cold and rainy, all I want to do is snuggle up with a warm bowl of soup, a warm blanket and a warm significant other and watch a heart-warming movie. Here are 6 places to get some hot, steamy soup in the Castro District.

1. Pho Noodle Soups @ Zadin — 4039 18th St.

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of Pho? The Pho at Zadin is famous for its broth — it’s delicate, aromatic and delicious. Head over and try their Pho Ga Saté - Saté Chicken Noodle Soup with ginger steamed chicken breast atop rice noodles in a flavorful stock infused with coconut milk, sate sauce, and chili oil. ($10-$12). Learn more: http://goo.gl/Ul7iZe

2. Creamy Onion and Apple Soup @ Frances — 3870 17th St.

At Frances, Chef Melissa Perello features a seasonal menu showcasing produce and products from Northern California’s exceptional farmers. This fall, treat your taste buds to their Creamy Onion and Apple Soup with pickled currant relish and toasted almond. But hurry, it’s only around for a limited time! ($10). Learn more about Frances: http://goo.gl/Y1Xq6J

3. Tom Kha Soup @ Thai House Express — 599 Castro St.

Tom Kha soup (coconut chicken soup) is one of my favorite soups in general, but the Tom Kha at Thai House Express is especially good. The soup has strips of white chicken, cilantro and mushroom, and the coconut milk broth is seasoned with ginger root and cayenne pepper making it deliciously spicy. You can also order it vegetarian! ($8-$10)

4. Hot and Sour Soup @ Makli Restaurant — 290 Sanchez St.

I love a good hot and sour soup — and the H&S soup at Makli Restaurant is a winner for sure! It’s hot, thick, spicy and perfectly scrumptious for a cold winter’s day. They’ve also got some mean Wonton soup and Sizzling Rice soup. ($7-9). Check out their menu: http://www.290sanchez.com/

5. Pappa al Pomodoro (Tomato Bread Soup) @ Poesia — 4072 18th St

If you’re looking for comfort food, you’ve got to try Poesia’s Tomato Bread soup. It’s organic, tomatoey and perfectly thickened with bread. ($8). Learn more: http://poesiasf.com/

6. Sexy Soup Cart — Rollin’ Sexy ‘Round the Mission

If you can track down Certified Nutrition Consultant and Natural Chef Kristin Hoppe, aka the Sexy Soup Lady, you’ll get to choose from a plethora of healthy, delicious vegetarian soups made with mostly organic ingredients! Look for her custom-built metal three-wheeled cart rolling around the Mission, or follow her on Twitter to see where she’s at: @SexySoupCart. Learn more about Kristin here: http://foodtherapysf.com/about-kristin-hoppe/