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WEDNESDAY, December 9, 2009

Lourdes - Chicken soup for the body

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. (CBS 8) - They come, the affirmed and afflicted. They come to Lourdes in Escondido, seeking the miracle cure of the chicken soup.

"It's got special healing powers, yes it does. Last year when I got sick around this time I got a whole bowl of soup and I think I was better within an hour," a customer said.

Lourdes and Hector opened their shop 20 years ago and started serving the family's chicken soup recipe that dates back generations.

"Maybe from grandma or grandma before in Senora, Mexico," Hector said.

Now their son Alex oversees the mixing of the family's magic chicken elixir.

"We usually go through about two or three pots a day," Alex said.

It starts with some rice in the bottom of a good-sized bowl. Add some broth and huge chunks of white meat chicken. Then comes the cure-all secret sauce: some fresh onions and cilantro.

"And topped off with avocado on top. It's also served with a flour or corn tortilla," Alex said.

Behold chicken soup for the cold.

"If you are under the weather, this is the place to be. It will make you feel a lot better," Alex said.

And you don't have to be sick to enjoy it. But what's the secret? What makes it magic? It's got to be the sauce.

"It's the best chicken soup I've ever had. It comes to chicken, cilantro, avocado, rice, and if you're getting over a cold, it's the best thing that helps you get over the cold," a customer said.

Lourdes in Escondido - come for the chicken soup, stay for the miracle.


615 W El Norte Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 746-1389

650 S. Escondido Blvd
Escondido, CA 92026
(760) 746-1141

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