You know those times when it's frigid or pouring out and the only dinner option that sounds remotely feasible is ordering a pizza? So you do it and then you immediately feel horrible for making the poor delivery person venture out into the freezing, rainy night?

You know those times when it's frigid or pouring out and the only dinner option that sounds remotely feasible is ordering a pizza? So you do it and then you immediately feel horrible for making the poor delivery person venture out into the freezing, rainy night?

Yeah, that's sort of how I felt when ordering lunch from the Lucky Ladle soup-delivery service on one of our many recent snow days. But even though the snow had started falling by my 12 p.m. delivery time, Ladle-r Shannon Kelley arrived at noon on the dot, with a smile on her face and not one complaint about the weather. I gave her a very generous tip to absolve my guilt.

But Kelley's no stranger to the elements. Before shifting to delivery, Kelley hawked her made-from-scratch soups around town from a cart.

Her new home base is Kickstart, the scooter shop/coffee shop in the Short North. So you can also stop in there to try these soups, and the place is definitely worth a visit for its extensive menu of tasty and creative lattes.

Convenience is a big part of Lucky Ladle's appeal, but it's not the only draw. Many of Kelley's homemade soups are vegan or vegetarian - there's a vegan option served every day, plus one made with dairy and one with meat. A few of the options include lentil, Moroccan harira and homemade chicken noodle.

You can also order small savory pastries, like ham-and-Swiss and spinach-and-potato.

Bowl of soup & savory pastry, $7

The best thing about ordering soup from Lucky Ladle is the fun, childhood-lunch-type packaging it comes in.

Inside a brown paper bag with my name scrawled on the outside was a Styrofoam container of soup, a little bag of oyster crackers, wax paper pouches with the pastry and an oatmeal-and-raisin cookie, and a tiny cup of sour cream (I used it for pastry-dipping, but you could also plop some in your soup).

As our thoroughly charmed photographer Jodi put it, "You get to open a bunch of presents!"

After trying several varieties, I prefer the hearty bean soups and chilis over the slightly anemic broccoli-cheddar (though it does get points for having nice chunks of real broccoli).

The soup's what I'd call delivery-food warm, meaning it's fine if you dig in right away but may benefit from a quick spin in the microwave if you don't eat it immediately

My ham-and-Swiss pastry was delicious, a puffy tartlet filled with cubed ham and melted Swiss. It's a perfectly sized accompaniment to a hot bowl of soup.

Broccoli Cheddar soup & Ham-and-Swiss Pastry, $7

Tip: $3

Total: $10