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Here are six soups you won’t want to miss this season.

The creamy tomato soup at E’s on

Main Street
in Middletown

is one of many local seasonal
favorites. Happy slurping.
Photograph by Thom Thompson


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E’s on Main Street Cafe & Catering in Middletown uses heavy cream in its signature soup, which comes garnished with garlic croutons and shredded Parmesan. Owner Eileen Keegan makes about 24 gallons a week.

This combo of cod, shrimp and clams has been a hit at The Buttery in Lewes for 14 years. “When we even pretend to take it off the menu, there is a public outcry,” says owner John Donato, who credits the fame to the soup’s classic origins. “It’s a Nantucket chowder with Portuguese influence.” Fresh cod is a must.

On average, Culinaria owners Pam Grabowski and Ezio Reynaud will make 14 gallons a week of this famous soup. The secret is its construction. Tomatoes are sautéed in olive oil before splashing into chicken broth. Crunchy croutons, fine Parmesan cheese and fresh basil provide the finishing touch.

Designed for Michele’s restaurant, the soup is new to Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. “The chowder’s hearty ingredients and spice make a perfect dish for a chilly day,” says Fred Bohn, director of culinary operations. It features roasted corn, cilantro, thyme and chopped pepper bound with a light brown roux.

Matt Haley’s Fish On, Bluecoast Seafood Grill, Northeast Seafood Kitchen and Catch 54 are known for the bisque, though it might be made with sweet potatoes, pumpkin, shrimp or lobster, depending on the restaurant and the chefs’ whim.

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This zesty chicken gumbo with andouille and okra has been on the menu of Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant almost since it opened. “We blow through it,” says Greg Bond, manager of the Wilmington location. The secret is the homemade roux.                              
—Pam George

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