When the temperatures drop in the New England winter season, a delicious soup can quickly provide the warmth you are looking for. Soup lovers are guaranteed to find a new favorite with the variety of menu options at these locations. They’ll even deliver to your doorstep when you don’t feel like leaving the house or preparing a dish for guests. Cups and bowls of soup are served around the state of Connecticut year round, but there’s something special about soup in the winter.
Bobette’s Take Out
93 Boston Post Road
Milford, CT 06460
When it comes to chowder, Bobette’s takes the cake. Bobette’s Take Out serves a variety of hot soups, sandwiches and salads. Fan favorites include the mussel chowder, chili, chicken with orzo pasta and stuffed pepper soup. Treat yourself with lobster bisque Fridays. Purchase soup by the cup, bowl, pint or quart. Bobette’s is the winner of the best soup in the 2012 Advocate Best of New Haven Reader’s Poll and best chowder classic in the 2012 Editors Choice Yankees Magazine Best of New England. Check the website daily for specials. There’s no need to leave your office or house, Bobette’s Take Out delivers with a $15 minimum purchase.
144 Shield St.
West Hartford, CT 06110
The best tasting pho in the area is at Pho Boston in West Hartford. Pho is a Vietnamese noodle soup that will leave your taste buds craving more, with delicious flavors that can’t be made at home by the average cook. Choose from beef, seafood or chicken. For an extra cost, you can add shrimp or beef balls to your soup. Each bowl of pho is served with scallion, onion and cilantro inside as well as plates of bean sprouts, lime and basil. On each table you will find your favorite Asian sauces, garlic chips, sriracha and sugar to season your pho to your liking. Pho Boston also has rice and egg noodle soup, appetizers and entrees.
The Soup Girl
1242 Whitney Ave.
Hamden, CT 06517
Unlike your usual restaurants, The Soup Girl comes to you. You don’t even have to leave your house to indulge. Jessica Hazan is the master chef in the kitchen. Browse the online store, place your order online with credit card payment and your favorite soups will be delivered to your door. Orders for delivery must be at least two pints or one quart, placed by Monday afternoon for Thursday delivery. Online orders have free delivery to your home or office in Hamden, New Haven, North Haven, Cheshire, Woodbridge and Bethany. Don’t live in those towns? No worries, just stop by the soup shop and pick up your favorites. The Soup Girl also frequents local farmers’ markets. Fan favorites include pumpkin apple bacon, buffalo chicken and vegetable with cheese tortellini soup. Are you drooling yet?
450 Monroe Turnpike
Monroe, CT 06468
The fresh, quality ingredients at Soup Thyme make for steaming hot soups that taste like your grandmother’s recipes. Unlike most restaurants, Soup Thyme has gluten-free and vegetarian options that are clearly labeled. It serves nine to 12 soups a day on its menu. Some delicious varieties include butternut squash, white bean and sausage, french onion, stuffed pepper, chicken noodle and roasted cauliflower, to name a few. Customers get three size options: 8 oz for $3.25, 16 oz for $5.75, and family size 32 oz for $11. Soup Thyme also serves panini and salads at the restaurant.
S & P Oyster Co
1 Holmes St.
Mystic, CT 06355
Whether you are looking for a tasty starter to your entree or making a meal out of it, S & P Oyster Co features a few soup options to keep you warm this winter. This restaurant is an upscale dining location near Mystic. Menu items include the New England clam chowder, seafood white bean chili, lobster bisque and oyster stew. This spot caters to vegetarians with its vegetable soup du jour. Choose from a cup or a bowl with varying prices based on your meal selection. Appetizers, salads and entrees are also available.
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Kimberly Ord is a freelance writer and lifetime resident of Connecticut. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.