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The Blue Paddle Bistro

316 U.S. Route 2 Send to Phone
802-372-4814
Foodies cruise to the Champlain Islands for local varietals and a charming take on New England seafood.
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Dining room at The Blue Paddle Bistro, South Hero, VT

The Blue Paddle Bistro Restaurant Review

: A trip to this South Hero eatery, just 20 minutes north of Burlington, feels like a jaunt across Martha's Vineyard. Thanks to co-owners Mandy Hotchkiss and Phoebe Bright, foodies have reason to hit the road. The Paddle's cozy d├ęcor frames native art; it's a subdued background against which chef Bright's assured work shines. Her marinated pork quesadilla bursts with chunks of tenderloin that linger with molasses and smoky Gouda. Fist-size crab cakes are moist enough to enjoy unadorned, but the mango chutney tartar proves irresistible. We like the sea bass over warmed baby spinach, topped with savory shallots and bites of crispy bacon. Cooked in a light citrus wasabi, each forkful of flaky white fish is a delight. The menu moves effortlessly between avocado burgers and soy-glazed salmon, challenging patrons without bewildering them. Hotchkiss charms guests, serving as both host and sommelier, and proudly introduces grape varietals grown just down the road. Don't miss Snow Farm's Seyval Blanc, which pairs beautifully against zesty, marinated shrimp. You'll feel miles from Vermont.

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