Sometimes the most comforting food comes in liquid form. Here are three single servings of winter solace.

Sometimes the most comforting food comes in liquid form. Here are three single servings of winter solace.

Tomato Basil Soup

Cafe Brioso, Downtown

Smells of roasted coffee brought me into Brioso - and this soup ($4 for a bowl, $3 for a cup) kept me coming back. Its thick, creamy base engulfs giant chunks of tomato, celery and onion, while aromas of fragrant basil rise with the steam.

Homemade Ve getable Soup

Jack's Diner, Downtown

The diner's trademark soup ($3.20 for a bowl, $2.45 for a cup) features your favorite garden staples simmered in a thin, flavorful broth kissed by salt and oregano. Of all the city's numerous soups, this one tastes most like the stuff my mom prepared after I'd come in from building a snowman.

Spicy Tortilla Soup

Whole World Natural Bakery and Restaurant, Clintonville

Because the food is made by hand in small batches, soups and specials change daily at this cozy vegetarian spot. However, a regular offering is this hearty blend of corn, beans and tomato broth that bears a generous topping of cheese and a distinct Southwestern kick. It costs $4.50for a bowl or $3.25 for acup.