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Chicken tortilla soup at La Rosa Blanca in Folsom is a hearty delight. If you’re not in the mood, try a shrimp taco instead, shown in the background.

Get ready for fall with chicken tortilla soup

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013 - 12:40 pm

That chill in the morning air lately is a harbinger of cooler weather to come, of course. Food-wise, that means big bowls of soup, chili, stew, pork roast and braised short ribs will be showing up on tables near you.

Though we didn’t really need warming up, we decided to get a head start on winter when we stopped by La Rosa Blanca in Folsom for a steaming bowl of chicken tortilla soup, the best we’ve found around town. The family-owned and family-staffed restaurant is known for its hefty portions of home-style cooking, using recipes passed down from generations.

How to describe this luscious soup? It starts with a dark, from-scratch broth with a touch of fire from chipotle peppers. Next come hefty pieces of tender meat from chicken thighs and breasts. Big cubes of creamy avocado bob about in the broth, bumping up against strips of crisp tortilla chips. A heavy sprinkle of cheddar and jack cheese round out the production. It’s fragrant, spicy, hearty and a deal at $10.50.

La Rosa Blanaca is at 402 Natoma St.; (916) 673-9085, A sister restaurant is at 2813 Fulton Ave., Sacramento; (916) 484-6104.

Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe

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Chris Macias has served as The Sacramento Bee's Food & Wine writer since 2008. His writing adventures have ranged from the kitchen at French Laundry to helping pick 10 tons of zinfandel grapes with migrant farm workers in Lodi. Chris also judges regularly at food, wine and cocktail competitions around Northern California. His profile of a former gangbanger-turned-pastry-chef was included in Da Capo's "Best Food Writing 2012."

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Allen Pierleoni writes about casual lunchtime restaurants in The Sacramento Bee's weekly "Counter Culture" column. He covers a broad range of topics, including food, travel, books and authors. In addition to writing the weekly column "Between the Lines," he oversees the Sacramento Bee Book Club, in which well-known authors give free presentations to the public.

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Blair Anthony Robertson is The Sacramento Bee's food critic.

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