Autumn—otherwise known as chicken soup season—is upon us. And this blogger is prepared to make a strong statement on that subject: The sopa de pollo at Taqueria Mercado is as good as it gets. The ingredients are fresh, the broth is mildly spicy, the chicken is a rustic mix of white and dark meat, and there is a special surprise ingredient (I’ll just tell you! It’s avocado!). I paired it with an al pastor taco, but the huge soup serving would have been plenty. Most of all, on a gray and chilly day in the middle of a gray and chilly week, this soup brought me back the land of the living.