It’s like a Pavlovian response: That first fall chill in the air instantly turns Vermonters’ thoughts toward the warm and inviting sensation of soup.
Soup is a classic comfort food, so in this upside-down world of COVID-19 the warmth a soothing bowl provides for the soul could be at least as nourishing as the warmth it provides for the body. With that in mind, consider these five Burlington soup sellers for your next lunch stop.
Hard to resist the soup at a place with soup in its name, right? This College Street staple does more than soup — its challah bread, for instance, is a revelation — and the hot-bar buffet is always a delight. But Thursday’s soup offerings of split pea, chicken-and-vegetable soup and white bean and sausage are just what mid-October in Vermont calls out for.
Zabby & Elf’s Stone Soup, 211 College St., Burlington. (802) 862-7616, www.stonesoupvt.com
This is a newcomer on the scene, sort of. C’est Ca is the reinvention of the space that housed Duino Duende for more than a decade in the Radio Bean entertainment conglomeration on North Winooski Avenue. The place that means “That’s it” or “It’s that” in French this week on social media touted its newest menu item, a chock-full carrot soup.
C’est Ca, 10 N. Winooski Ave., Burlington. (802) 660-9346, www.radiobean.com
This cute-as-a-button kiosk sits across the Church Street Marketplace from its parent restaurant, Leunig’s Bistro. Hankering for pumpkin chowder with baguette and butter? How about a Vermont beef and chorizo chili with enough spice to heat you up instantly? While you’re there, pick up some of this little jewel’s to-die-for beignets.
Petit Bijou, Church and College streets, Burlington. (802) 399-2336, www.leunigsbistro.com/petit-bijou-kiosk
Nothing sounds more warming on a chilly day than pho, that Vietnamese broth that comes loaded with satisfying ingredients. This downtown eatery has pho with beef, pho with brisket, pho with chicken, pho with shrimp, pho with veggies and even pho that has squid, liver, pork and quail’s egg in it. Grab some pho to go and dive right in.
Pho Son, 213 College St. (802) 540-8888, www.phoson.net
This South End spot is known for smoothies and juice, but those aren’t the only liquids they offer. Tomgirl has 16-ounce to-go jars of its healthy, cleansing soups, including a lemongrass and miso detox broth and an Ayurvedic kitchari cleanse with multitudinous ingredients including leeks, carrots, cabbage and pink Himalayan salt.
Tomgirl Kitchen, 266 Pine St., Burlington. (802) 540-0337, www.tomgirl.co
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