Not many food establishments can boast about receiving an official Proclamation from the
Mayor, but Mayor Richetelli declared February 2007 as “Butternut Buddy” month in honor of
Bobette’s wonderful Butternut Squash Bisque, a holiday-time favorite. This tiny
soup and sandwich spot on the Post Road generates warmth – not just from the rich soups –
but also from the loving touch of owners Bobette and Gary Moore. There is a genuine sense
of family at Bobette’s, and this is translated into the taste of the soups, which are as
close to homemade-tasting as any soup available. There are five standard soups offered
daily: Bobettte’s Original Mussel Chowder (exquisite and rich), Sweet with Heat
Chili, chicken, vegetarian lentil (superb and not too salty like some lentils), and ground beef barley. Prices range from $2.95
for an 8 oz. cup, to $10.00 for one quart. Other varieties change daily, including Bobette’s
award-winning Boston Chowder (1st place at the Milford Senior Wish
Society Chowderfest in 2003 and 2005.
Bobette’s does more than soup. At least seventeen sandwiches are available, ranging from
$4.25 to $7.50, including a seafood bacon melt, veggie baby wrap, steak and cheese, and
pastrami nightmare (pastrami, melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, green
peppers, mustard on an Italian sub). Bobette’s also offers wide varieties of salads.
While we enjoyed samples of soup,
Gary gleefully gave out two chocolate cupcakes to a new customer. “Every new customer
gets a free chocolate cupcake,” Bobette explained. What is striking about Bobette’s –
aside from the quality of the food – is the sense of caring that the owners and staff
display for the Milford community; for example, they raised over $2,000 for the Beth El
Shelter. Like so many businesses in Milford, the unassuming exterior of Bobette’s belies
a valuable – and delicious – community treasure.