Zabby and Elf's Stone Soup

  • Veg-friendly Veg-friendly
    ( 16 reviews )

211 College St, Burlington, Vermont, USA, 05401

Serves meat, vegan options available. Veg menu items includes seitan pot pie, tandoori tempeh, steamed kale and brown rice, daily vegetarian and vegan specials, plus salad bar with greens from local farms. Breads and pastries are baked in its open kitchen daily. Open Mon-Fri 7:00am-9:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Salad bar, Take-out, Bakery, Non-veg

Reviews (16)

First Review by will-travel-for-food

Plenty of options - Edit

It seems like about 60% of the food here is vegan (aside from the baked goods, though I did have a yummy vegan cookie). I had the hot bar; it was a little expensive, and you do pay by weight, but it was absolutely delicious. I liked how cozy the place felt, but I don't mind noisiness.

Pros: Tasty, Cozyness

Cons: Somewhat pricey

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Best vegan food in Burlington - Edit

Over my two day stay, this was by far the best food I had in Burlington (though I loved Revolution Kitchen as well). I would give this five cows if I could, but because it serves a small amount of meat (usually about 10% of what's on offer), it's not possible. But this place is very vegan friendly, and great for vegetarians. More importantly, I did not have a single thing there that wasn't completely delicious. The buffet was probably the best in this category that I've ever had. Every dish was well-spiced and innovative. The baked goods were top notch, with a new vegan muffin (or two), and vegan peanut butter bars, every day. My only regret was I did not get to try one of the amazing looking sandwich offerings. Fairly priced too.

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Always Reliably Tasty Vegan Items - Edit

I usually have the buffet items since I live nearby and this is a quick place to eat before going out or to a movie.
The vegan options on the buffet are consistently creative and tasty. The staff is always friendly and the atmosphere is crunchy delicious!

Pros: Vegan Options, Desserts, Staff

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Great place, wonderful food - Edit

Relaxed and friendly, good fresh food, great soup and sandwiches, homebaked breads, hot and cold salad bar, lots of vegan choices. Enjoyed our meal and conversation, right off of Church St.

Pros: excellent food, good value, nice vibe

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Buffet style - Edit

We only had servings from the buffet. These are sold by weight, and can add up. The food was decent and tasty. We would go there again try their other offerings. Vegan and gluten free selections are clearly marked.

Pros: Self serve buffet, casual

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Hot Soup on a Cold Day - Edit

We were visiting Burlington from a warmer locale and really wanted some soup to warm up. Checked a few of the asian places, but decided on Stone Soup instead. Very glad we did.

They do serve non-veg stuff, but the vegan items are much better integrated into the menu than most places labeled veg-friendly. In addition to the soup (all or some of which were vegan on our visits), there are a few specifically vegan sandwiches and the buffet was vegan entrees, non-vegan entrees, then lots of veggie-based sides.

The bread was delicious. The service was friendly, if minimal (pay at the counter, anything made to order is brought out later, no one checks on you).

It can get a bit crowded and the tables are really close together, but if that is the sort of cozy atmosphere you are looking for, it's a really nice place to sit.

Pros: soup, bread

Cons: meat

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Good sandwiches - Edit

We're not big on buffets, so even though the seitan pot pie looked really good, we opted for two sandwiches: the seitan reuben and the roasted tofu, both veganized by omitting cheese. We really enjoyed the sandwiches, as well as the beer and wine we had with them.

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Awesome veg options! - Edit

This place was perfect for us during a trip to Burlington. They have a hot and cold salad bar with all vegan options that is priced per lb. Tofu and seitan dishes and lots of healthy veggies and rices. They also have veggie sandwiches made to order. We had a seitan Reuben (dairy cheese) on sourdough bread which was unbelievably good. They also have a couple unsweetened iced teas. Plate of hot veggie food that I choose with a large glass of yummy iced tea and I'm good to go! Lots of vegan desserts too.

Pros: delicious veggie options, hot food bar, instant food

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they nuke there food! - Edit in the health food world we eat veg, organic etc. because it is healthier for us? am i right? so when cooking food depletes the nutritional value as much as 50%...nuking it ups that to about 80%...turning you food into filler not nutritional goodness...join most of the restuarant world and reheat your goods in a oven or on a skillet.

Pros: great tasting everything, farely priced

Cons: the microwave, staff doesn't know how to work oven , unhealthy health food?

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yummy in my tummy - Edit

There are lots of vegan treats here ....try the vegan macaroons they are to die for. They have a great hot bar with a few vegan options each day and they also have a salad bar. They have sandwiches as well which are great the Vegan Club is amazing and huge so plan on sharing it with someone or savings some for later.

Pros: great food, vegan treats, friendly staff

Cons: small

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Good vegan options! Good prices! - Edit

I stopped in to Stone Soup when I was in town, and was pleased to find the word "vegan" was actually in the local vocabulary (not so where I'm from!). I ordered the seitan steak sandwich and my boyfriend got the vegan club, and my friend went for the buffet. The seitan is excellent, and the bread is just awesome. My friend enjoyed the jamaican tempeh on the buffet so much (she's not even vegetarian). The chocolate cake was also quite good. We were very pleased with the prices, food selections, and friendliness of the staff. The sandwiches came about 15 minutes after ordering but worth the wait. It was quite hot in there on a summer day as there is no air conditioning, but you quickly forget about the temperature after taking a bite of the food. My only disappointment was they had no vegan pizza left, and said they had it daily but when I went back another day they said they decided not to make it that day :-(

Pros: Vegan selection, Price, Buffet

Cons: Wait time, Daily selection varies, No air conditioning

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A colorful atmosphere - Edit

I've dined at Stone Soup many times over the past few years. The buffet is always colorful and sumptuous with more than a handful of vegan options. I am very careful to select lots of lightweight items so that my meal will not be overly expensive. The steamed Kale is always fresh, delicious and attractive with its bright green aura. The staff are very helpful and eager to please. The tables and dining area can become communal during peak hours so if you are looking for an intimate experience, this will not fit the bill.

Pros: variety, friendliness, color

Cons: limited seating, pricey if you are not careful

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Good quality vegetarian food - Edit

Good food, nice staff, self serve buffet. Great desserts.
It's nice to be able to see the cooks at works, too.
It can be hard tofind a place to sit when it is crowded. The by the pound food buffet price can add up quickly .

Pros: tasty food, nice staff, healthier desserts

Cons: pricey, crowded

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worth a visit. - Edit

a hot buffet with usualy several vegan options. its pay by weight so be careful. just go in, grab a plate/silverware, heap what you want on and then pay the cashier. they also have a decent selection of sandwichs and stuff. i tried a couple vegan baked things which were okay except for the pecan scone... now i will eat the worst food imaginable, but this scone was unbearable... dry, flavorless, a challenge to get yourself to take another bite, it totally ruined my love for the pecan. i actually carried around this scone with me for days wrapped in a paper towel, cause after being vegan for six years this i think was the first thing i dont think i could finish and i didnt want to believe it. you might be able to find some really good stuff at one of the best co-op markets around the corner.

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Tasty diverse choices in a casual setting - Edit

Very Good food, in a casual, sometimes crowded, noisy atmosphere. Food quality is high, but the price can really add up since it is by the pound. Not a place to go for ambience. It is nice to be able to sample several different things from the menu.
The best vegan brownies ever!

Pros: quality food, diverse choices, casual

Cons: no ambience, noisy at times, food by the pound pricey

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Charming place with tasty food - Edit

The soups, breads, and vegan options here are very nice and hearty, and the workers are very friendly. We liked watching the activities in the open kitchen, too. The only thing we don't like is that Stone Soup is closed on Sundays. Recommended!

Pros: Tasty food, Nice staff, Open kitchen

Cons: Closed Sundays

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