The El Paso Souper Salad restaurants were both casualties to the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020. As of this writing, the westside Souper Salad remains closed but the location at 8900 Viscount is having it’s grand re-opening this Saturday, October 16. I’m told, though, by sources who’ve driven by that it appears to be open and serving customers already.
The Souper Salad chain has been around since 1978 with stores mostly in the southern United States. “Salad” and “The South” mix about as well as “Grits” and “New York City” so I guess that makes them a success story.
A BRAVE NEW WORLD
Hoping to adjust to the world of pandemics and shutdowns, Souper Salad is making some changes that they’re going to test out in El Paso. Those include…
-Pre-portioned salads that you can take on the go
-Sandwiches and wraps, also available to-go
-An expanded dessert selection
According to the company CEO, Craig Erlich, these changes are being tested in El Paso. If they prove popular enough, Erlich says, Souper Salad might incorporate the changes in their stores in other markets.
So far, no word on if or when the west El Paso location will open.
Before they closed, I would go to Souper Salad 2 or three times a month. It’s not like I ever got on a really strict diet or anything. But it always made me feel good when I would “eat healthy” for a day. I put “eat healthy” in quotes because I would usually have at least one slice of pizza from their bread table and usually some banana pudding, too.
My biggest tip…if you’re ordering carry-out don’t get the pre-made option. The most fun part of Souper Salad for me was putting things I would never normally eat anywhere else ON my salad. Things like cottage cheese. Chopped up hard-boiled eggs. That one vegetable that I don’t know the name of but it looks a bowl of hair. Do you know what I’m talking about? You pick it up with tongs and kind of…drape it over your salad. I’ve never actually seen it anywhere OTHER than on a salad bar. Well, whatever…THAT stuff.