Warm Up With a Quick Soup Trip Along Rt. 63
This is the most wonderful time of year, soup season. The fall chill and clam chowder go hand in hand. Cozy sweaters and butternut squash soup are a perfect match. I love trying soup from different places.
I stopped and bought a soup from someone different every day along Rt. 63 on my way home last week. Here are my three favorites.
SHRIMP TOM YUM SOUP - THAI BOWL - 515 MAIN ST. WATERTOWN
Let me start off by saying that I believe that Thai BowL is one of the best restaurants in Connecticut. Everything that I've ever ordered there is only of the finest ingredients, expertly cooked, and tastes cooked to order. That being said, Thai BowL's Tom Yum is astounding. I was conditioned to be scared of Hot and Sour soups, thinking I would run off to the bathroom and poop fire, but Tom Yum is different. It's broth-based, with lemongrass and lime, delicious chili sauce, and savory mushroom, tomato, and onions. I crave this soup year-round, but it's even better when it's chilly.
CHICKEN HERB SOUP - LE BOBADEL - 819 STRAITS TURNPIKE - MIDDLEBURY
The chicken soup at Le Bobadel is the soup that you want if you're feeling off. It's a magical elixir, it cuts through congestion, and warms your aching chest. Plus it's damn tasty, oh man. This is home-made, for-the-soul chicken soup. Bravo Chef.
CHEESEBURGER CHOWDER - WATERTOWN MEATS CENTER - 485 MAIN ST
Today I stopped and got a cheeseburger chowder, one of the specials of the day at the Watertown Meat Center. I love the soups that they make there, and this one today shot up into my top three of the week. It's an unusual choice when clams and corn go with chowder in CT, but wow, this was really, really good.