Chowder is a satisfying meal just about any time of the year. Find yourself about to dig into a bowl of New England clam chowder on a drizzly summer afternoon and it can be just as satisfying as on a cold, gloomy November day.
But on those cold, dark days of November — fast approaching, in case you need a reminder — a bowl of hot chowder can practically save your life. It is a food that makes the soul as happy as the taste buds.
The Burlington area has all kinds of chowders available at all types of restaurants. Here is a partial list of places to eat chowder in Chittenden County.
Northeast Blue Kitchen
Inside the Courtyard Burlington Harbor Hotel, Bleu is especially known for its seafood. The restaurant’s New England seafood chowder is loaded with swordfish, salmon, perch, clams and croutons from whole grains.
Northeast Blue Kitchen, 25 Cherry St., Burlington. (802) 864-8600, www.bleuvt.com
Burlington Bay Market and Cafe
If this place near Lake Champlain seems to show up in many roundups like this, it’s because the place is so diverse, selling everything from custards to grilled sandwiches. Burlington Bay goes traditional for its homemade New England clam chowder, in a cup or bowl.
Burlington Bay Market and Cafe, 125 Battery Street, Burlington. (802) 864-0110, www.burlingtonbaycafe.com
Irish Pub and Cody’s Grill
The soup list at this Essex hangout is compact, but straight to the point. Irish beef stew is a given. Clam chowder comes in a mug, bowl, or the ever-hard-to-resist bread bowl.
Irish Pub and Cody’s Grill, 4 Carmichael Street, Essex. (802) 878-1543, www.codysirishpub.com
Occupying a prime street corner in downtown Burlington, The Gryphon offers what it calls “vineyard chowder.” This dish features shrimp, scallops, clams, crab, haddock and potatoes in what the restaurant calls a “coastal New England style” seafood broth, served with toasted bread for a tasteful dip.
The Griffin, 131 Main St., Burlington. (802) 489-5699, www.gryphonvt.com
The Leunig bistro
This Church Street landmark is a bit off the beaten track for its chowder selection. Leunig’s Pumpkin Chowder, in a mug or bowl, features roasted pumpkin, applewood smoked bacon, sweet potatoes, and sweet corn augmented with roasted pumpkin seeds.
The Leunig bistro, 115 Church St., Burlington. (802) 863-3759, www.leunigsbistro.com
The Vermont-based Irish-themed restaurant has multiple locations, including a trio in Chittenden County. All are ready to warm you up with a pot of New England clam chowder.
McGillicuddy’s on the Green, 18 Parting Road, Colchester. (802) 871-5480, www.mcgillicuddysonthegreen.com
The five corners of McGillicuddy, 4 Pearl St., Essex Junction. (802) 857-5940, www.mcgillicuddysfivecorners.com
McGillicuddy’s Irish Brewery, 28 Walnut St., Maple Tree Place, Williston. (802) 857-5908, www.mcgillicuddysirishalehouse.com
Our house bistro
Our house, as the name suggests, focuses on comfort food like mac and cheese and burgers. New England Clam Chowder offers comfort with clams, bacon, potatoes, celery and cream, served with toasted bread.
Our house bistro, 36 Main St., Winooski. (802) 497-1884, www.ourhousebistro.com
Ray’s Seafood Market and Restaurant
This venerable seafood purveyor doesn’t skimp on its soup options. Ray’s sells Corn Chowder, Homemade Seafood Chowder, and New England Clam Chowder, the latter two coming in 12-ounce mugs, 16-ounce bowls, or in a bowl size. a liter for two, or a particularly hungry chowder fan.
Ray’s Seafood Market and Restaurant, 7 Pinecrest Drive, Essex Junction. (802) 879-3611, www.raysseafood.com
Cabin on the shore
Much like Ray’s, Shanty on the Shore has been around forever and offers a wide variety of seafood choices. The restaurant overlooking Lake Champlain touts its clam chowder as “famous,” and why not? A cup or bowl would be fine, but the bread bowl soaks up all the flavor and fills you up just right.
Cabin on the shore, 181 Battery St., Burlington. (802) 864-0238, www.shantyontheshore.com
Sweet clover market
This longtime establishment rotates its menu, including its soup options. Last week, however, Sweet Clover raved about its corn chowder as well as its New England clam chowder on social media.
Sweet clover market, 21 Essex Way, Essex. (802) 872-8288, www.sweetclovermarket.com
Food and drink
Like Sweet Clover, Waterworks took to social media last week to celebrate all things chowder. “Waterworks clam chowder is a classic New England style, with red potatoes, chopped clams and topped with bacon and chives,” the restaurant recently posted on Facebook.
Food and drink, 20 Winooski Falls Road, Winooski. (802) 497-3525, www.waterworksvt.com
The Windjammer & Upper Deck pub
A restaurant with a schooner in its logo — even in an oceanless state like Vermont — pretty much has to have New England clam chowder, right? The version of the Windjammer includes applewood smoked bacon.
The Windjammer & Upper Deck pub, 1076 Williston Road, South Burlington. (802) 862-6585, www.windjammerrestaurant.com