Latin American soups have a way of bringing light into even the darkest winter day. It could be the hit of chili peppers. Or the wake-up flavor of fresh chopped cilantro.
Each of these three Long Island Latin spots has the power of soup on the menu.
POLLOS EL PAISA , Westbury
It comes as no surprise that a Colombian restaurant whose specialty is chicken would make a first-rate chicken soup. This one is loaded with poultry -- giblets included -- and vegetables, showered with fresh cilantro.
EL RANCHITO MEXICAN GRILL , East Northport
This Mexican restaurant may be small in size, but its spicy chicken soup is big on flavor, thanks to hot red chilies and fresh cilantro.
SABOR A COLOMBIA , Levittown
At this colorful Colombian, you'll want to brighten your day with the consomme grande, chicken soup with giblets, vegetables and chopped fresh cilantro.