Matzo ball soup. Photo by Mark Davis

Vietnam native Anh Vo knew nothing about Jewish food before taking over Cindi’s NY Deli in 1989. “I didn’t know anything about corned beef or pastrami,” she says. “But I learned everything I could.” Now, Cindi’s is one of the most respected delis in Dallas, and few can match the matzo ball soup. Chef Jerry Jones has been making it for more than 30 years. “It comes natural,” he says. He keeps the recipe simple with chicken stock, carrots, celery, onions, bay leaves and, of course, matzo meal. Other popular soups include the chicken soup with kreplach (a sort of Jewish ravioli), chicken barley and potato.

Cindi’s NY Deli
11111 N. Central

Price range: $3.25-$7.95 for soups

Ambiance: Comfy diner

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 6:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat.-Sun. 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Tip: Also try the deli’s other winter favorite, chicken and dumplings.

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More Preston Hollow soup spots

1 Mi Cocina
You can’t go wrong with the classic Tex-Mex tortilla soup at Mi Cocina.
11661 Preston

2 Rise No. 1
Foodies rave about the marshmallow soup at this French café known for its delectable soufflés.
5360 W. Lovers, Suite 220

3 Bread Winners Café & Bakery
This popular brunch spot serves a different soup every day, including sherried mushroom on Mondays and butternut squash bisque on Wednesdays.
5560 W. Lovers

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