831 Rockingham Rd. Bellows Falls, Vt.
Don’t let the casual looking roadside shack fool you; Smokin’ Bowls has been serving the highest quality, gourmet soups and meals on the go, using the freshest local ingredients since 2007.
Located conveniently off of Interstate-91, exit 6, Smokin’ Bowls is the creation of Sarah DiBernardo and Ryan James, owner/chefs of Harvest Moon Catering. Smokin’ Bowls is co-owned by Sarah and brothers Ryan and Reid James. Trained chefs, Sarah and Ryan, focus on the menu and culinary creations while Reid takes care off the marketing and social media. The business began as a way to supplement down times by offering hot soups, stews, and chili for folks to pick up easily going back and forth to the mountains.
Their rotating soup menu includes Cheech & Chong Chili, Wild Mushroom Bisque, Lobster Bisque, Broccoli and Grafton Cheddar, Sweet Potato-Cheddar-Corn Chowder, New England Clam Chowder, Gazpacho, West African Peanut, Potato-Leek, VT Maple Butternut Squash, Black Bean and Lime, Curry Coconut Cauliflower, and Chicken Gumbo just to name a few.
Since their beginning, the hours have expanded to include summer months as well. Although winter offerings are primarily rotating soups, stews, and chili – ten chosen from a rotating 30 to 40 soup specialties – with a few food options, the summer menu includes just a few soups/chili options but also serves healthy salads, sandwiches, tacos, hot dogs, and nachos with vegetarian options as well. Another notable menu item is the Dessert in a Jar, which often features a pound cake, mousse, fresh fruit, syrup, and whipped cream. Current best sellers are their fish tacos and Health Bomb Salad, which includes greens, edamame, hemp seeds, grated carrots, chia seeds, and Parmesan cheese.
Look for daily menu specials on their Facebook page. You can buy the soups/chili “to go” in 16-ounce compostable coffee cups or in glass Mason jars by the quart or half-gallon. The jars cost a dollar initially, but when you bring it back for a refill, the fee is waived.
Summer hours are Thursday through Monday from 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. They are closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Winter hours are Friday through Sunday 11a.m. to 7 p.m.