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The Blue Paddle Bistro

316 U.S. Route 2 Send to Phone
Escape to the Champlain Islands in northern Vermont for a charming take on New England seafood and creative fare.

Dinner Wed.-Sun.

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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 visit the small town. The Paddle's cozy d├ęcor frames native art; it's a subdued background against which chef Bright's assured work shines. Fist-size crab cakes are moist enough to enjoy unadorned, but the mango chutney tartar proves irresistible. We like the maple chili-glazed, pan-seared sea scallops served with roasted corn, five-spiced black bean, arugula and grape tomato salad. Grilled rib-eye steak with Vermont cheddar mashed potatoes, Caesar salad and a horseradish dipping sauce is also a hit. 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 Vineyard's Snow White, which pairs beautifully against zesty, marinated shrimp. You'll feel miles from Vermont.


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