by Erika Miller
January is National Soup Month, which makes sense, considering the first month of the year is typically marked with below-freezing temperatures, snow and slush. What's better than a delicious, hot bowl of soup on a chilly day? A delicious, hot bowl of soup that you don't have to make -- that's what. This January Gut Check will revisit some of our favorite hot soups to help guide your belly through this month-long soup celebration.
When the weather in St. Louis turns cold (relatively cold, at least) and the Super Bowl is right around the corner, vats of chili thick with meat, beans and other trimmings are at the height of their popularity. For those looking for a spin on this seasonal classic, try the duck and smoked jalapeno chili at The Shaved Duck (2900 Virginia Avenue; 314-776-1407).
Creamy and smoky, this bowl is laden with melt-in-your-mouth bits of the restaurant's namesake. The duck provides enough meat to satisfy any carnivore, and the smooth texture of the meat and broth is offset by firm bits of bean and tender smoked jalapenos.
Smoking the jalapenos gives the chili a steady heat and using duck offsets that heat with a touch of sweetness. The chili is served with a side of white cheddar cheese, and at $7.99, is a perfect portion for lunch or to pair with one of the Shaved Duck's soul food sides.