The miracle soup

In case you missed it, here’s my review–of sorts–of Turtle Bay’s famous soup that appeared in Go! section of the Monterey Herald. I’ll be reposting my reviews and stories from my weekly column for the Herald here on my blog along with extra photos that didn’t appear in print.

I spent most of October on the road, jetting here and there for work and play. During my travels, I found myself dining on a lot of Mexican food.

While in Chicago, I popped into XOCO, the torta shop run by Rick Bayless — of Frontera Grill fame, and arguably the best Mexican chef in the country — for a tasty torta.

In Los Angeles the next week, I stopped by Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Border Grill, where I sampled some excellent enchiladas.

My appetite for Mexican food wasn’t satisfied just because I settled back in at home.

Fearful that my travels might soon catch up with me, I knew some hot soup was in order to kill off any bugs I picked up in the airport. So shortly after my return, I made a beeline to Turtle Bay for some sopa de lima.

Turtle Bay's sopa de lima is the perfect cure for the cold, rainy weather.

The sopa de lima ($4.95 for a cup, $6.95 for a bowl) starts with a rich chicken stock, then adds onions, tortilla strips and limes. The flavors are so bold and it’s the perfect remedy for any ailments.

Turtle Bay Taqueria is located at 431 Tyler St. in Monterey. 333-1500 or

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