Food & Drink

Soup Sales Soar at The Fanwood Grille

Paul Watterson's Fanwood Grille Soups were voted "Best in NJ" by The Daily Meal foodie website. Credits: John Mooney
Chicken Noodle Soup is the most popular variety at The Fanwood Grille. Credits: John Mooney
Paul Watterson ladles out Butternut Squash Soup. Credits: John Mooney
Broccoli Cheddar Soup at The Fanwood Grille Credits: John Mooney
Soups to go at The Fanwood Grille. Credits: John Mooney
Soup case at The Fanwood Grille Credits: John Mooney
New Orleans Chicken Gumbo at the Fanwood Grille Credits: John Mooney
New England Clam Chowder at The Fanwood Grille was featured by The Daily Meal. Credits: John Mooney
Butternut Squash Soup to go. Credits: John Mooney
Sweet Potato Soup Credits: John Mooney
Beef with Noodles and Vegetables Credits: John Mooney
Chicken Noodle Soup Credits: John Mooney
Hearty Beef Soup Credits: John Mooney

FANWOOD, NJ -- Since being recognized for having the "Best Soup in NJ" by foodie website The Daily Meal, sales the Fanwood Grille's various soup offerings have jumped. 

"We've had people drive down from Bergen County just to try our soups," said Paul Watterson, who gets into Fanwood Grille as early as 4:30 a.m. to start making soup. "People call to ask directions and come in and get multiple pints of all the different varieties. Never did we imagine how popular our soups would become so quickly."

Watterson has gone from making one new variety per day to multiple soups, just to keep customers wondering what's next and to keep up with demand. This week's new offerings have included broccoli cheddar, Italian sausage soup, and sweet potato pie soup. In some cases, he uses an old family recipe (Grandma's Spanish Chicken Soup) and other times he experiments until he is satisfied with the final product (Falafel Vegetabel Soup). 

Sign Up for E-News

"We like to give people samples of the soups so that they will try something the might not get without first having a taste," Watterson adds. "For instance, our falafel vegetable soup is a gluten-free, vegan soup that some customers feared might be too spicy. But once they try it, they love it."

Fanwood Grille Soup Varieties:

Butternut Squash  Butternut Squash (vegan)
Chicken Noodle Pea Soup 
Corn Chowder Pasta Fagioli
Cream of Chicken Spanish Chicken Soup
Creamy Tomato Lentil Soup
Hearty Beef & Vegetable Italian Hot Dog Soup
Maine Lobster Bisque Italian Sausage Soup 
Mexican Chicken Tortilla Falafel Vegetable Soup
New England Clam Chowder Thanksgiving (Turkey) Soup
New Orleans Chicken Gumbo Sweet Potato Pie Soup

"Our chicken noodle soup and New England clam chowder have become so popular that we'll sell the whole batch before the end of the day," Watterson explained. "Then I have to make more to keep our case stocked for people who want to come in and get pints or quarts of soup to go." is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

Editor's Note: TAPintoSPF publisher John Mooney is owner of The Fanwood Grille.



TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Scotch Plains/Fanwood

Westfield Gets $15K Grant for Inclusive Playground Equipment for Children with Disabilities

March 16, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Scotch Plains will receive a $25,470 grant, while Fanwood will get a $15,000 award from the “Level the Playing Field” grant program from Union County, the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders announced Thursday.

The program was designed to help every Union County municipality provide inclusive playgrounds to children with ...

The Day After

Some years ago, the United Nations held the International Summit on Sustainable Development, here in Johannesburg. The Summit was a great success. One wonders, though, whether all the wonderful decisions and resolutions that were adopted were ever implemented. In other words, were they themselves sustainable?

Good ideas and worthwhile projects are suggested regularly. The question is, do they ...

How to Stay Connected to Your Partner After a Newborn

March 11, 2018

Life changes instantly once we have a newborn.  It is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences a couple can have. It brings joy and a newfound commitment to the relationship and now to a family of three. Grandparents, family and friends are eager to get involved with helping and visiting. Responsibilities increase, expenses increase and privacy decreases. Our routine ...

"You're the Star Tonight" Special Needs Prom at St. Bart's on May 5

March 18, 2018

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- "You're the Star Tonight" Prom will be sponsored by the St. Bartholomew the Apostle Church (2032 Westfield Ave.) and the YMCA and held on Saturday, May 5, 2018, from 7:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This night is for "Special Needs Young Adults" from the ages of 14-21. The night will be a full blown prom with red carpet walk up, music, dancing, ...

Upcoming Events


Sun, March 18, 10:00 AM


Camp Riverbend Open House


Sun, March 18, 2:00 PM

Miller-Cory House Museum, Westfield

Maple Sugar Sunday


Sun, March 18, 3:00 PM

Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield

Crescent Concerts Presents Annual Festival of ...

Arts & Entertainment