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The dish

Soup! My soup habit started young. Growing up I spent more time with Campbell’s cans than Andy Warhol. I eventually moved on from condensed soups to Campbell’s Chunky and Progresso, then ate entirely too much ramen in college. With my palate now sufficiently sophisticated, I need the good stuff. Bobette’s has it. They also serve sandwiches and salads, but they’re best known for their soups. During my visit the rotating selection of about a dozen covers all the bases. I opt for a quintet of orzo with chicken, sweet heat chili, beef barley, New England clam chowder and country stew. The savory flavors satisfy in ways that most foods can’t, and each one is hearty and chock-full of ingredients. They drop the ladle deep into the pot to fill your cup. My favorite of the five is the country stew, which is also my first time eating kielbasa in a soup.

The place

Bobette’s is a Milford institution that recently moved to Gulf Street, right near downtown, after more than 30 years on the Post Road. Call ahead or order right at the takeout window (there’s no seating). There’s also delivery in the area with a $15 minimum.

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The bottom line

It’s January. It’s cold. We all need a little extra comfort these days. If a hot, delicious cup of soup from Bobette’s doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what to tell you.


Bobette's Take-Out Bistro

127 Gulf St., Milford

203-874-9414, bobettes.com

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Closed Sun.

Wheelchair accessible

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Mike Wollschlager, editor and writer for Connecticut Magazine, was born and raised in Bristol and has lived in Farmington, Milford, Shelton and Wallingford. He was previously an assistant sports editor at the New Haven Register.