Goulash soup at Henk’s. Photo by Mark Davis

Henk’s is known for its black forest cakes and German sausages, but the cozy European-style café also is a prime spot for hearty, homemade soups during the winter. “It’s the old Dutch, Swiss and German recipes that have been around forever,” says co-owner Adrian Winnubst, whose family came over from Holland and bought the restaurant 21 years ago. Soups of the day include potato on Fridays, loaded with carrots, onions, celery and premium red potatoes. There’s split pea on Thursdays, which comes with pieces of bacon hiding under the surface for a nice pork flavor. For all the soups, Winnubst says chefs use beef stock from leftover pork loin bones in the deli. They make five gallons of soup a day and typically sell out by closing time.

Henk’s European Deli & Black Forest Bakery
5811 Blackwell

Price range:
$2.50-$3.50 for soups

Rustic European

Mon.-Thurs. 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Fri. 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sat. 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

The famous cheese soup is served on Saturdays.

More Lake Highlands soup spots

Interior of Tukta Thai. Photo by Mark Davis

1 Tukta Thai
This popular Thai place has a nice selection of soups, including tom kha made with lemongrass, coconut milk and mixed vegetables.
9625 Plano, Suite 500

2 Mi Cocina
You can’t go wrong with the classic Tex-Mex tortilla soup at Mi Cocina.
7201 Skillman

3 Highlands Café
This neighborhood institution offers homemade French onion soup every day along with other daily specials such as chicken corn chowder, tomato basil, chicken noodle and black bean butternut squash.
9661 Audelia, Suite 105