If you know me or have read any of my restaurant stories in the past year you may have noticed that I want to become that guy — Mr. Brunch. You know that guy.
He reads the New York Times Sunday edition cover to cover (and often attempts the crossword puzzle). He knows how to style himself impeccably in a calculated casual way. And, of course, he knows every great brunch spot in town.
On my quest to become that ideal of a human, I have found a new favorite brunch spot, Hudson House. It boasts two Dallas area restaurant locations — one in Addison and the other in University Park, with a third is poised to open in early 2020 in Lakewood.
I recently went to the Addison Hudson House for a late Sunday brunch. We had a reservation and it was crowded, but it looked like those without a reservation were not having to wait more than 10 to 15 minutes for a table. This Hudson House has a charming outdoor patio, but alas the weather wasn’t on our side that day for dining al fresco.
The dining room has an old school vibe with parquet floors and an overall light and bright feeling. One of my favorite decor choices was amongst the numerous framed prints, I found one of Jack Nicholson. Who doesn’t love one of Hollywood’s most notorious bad boys watching over them as they sip on a martini?
First off, I knew this was a cool place given that our server Jill had an amazing haircut, platinum and edgy — and also worked on the side as a DJ. We went with her recommendation to start with oysters.
A fabulous little menu card was presented with the options: Pemaquid (from Damariscotta River, Maine, blue point (from Norwalk, Connecitcut), chappys (from Martha’s Vineyard), Wellfleet (from Cape Cod), malpeques (from Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island), and raspberry (also from Malpeque Bay, Price Edward Island).
As I am not a true oyster aficionado I appreciated that each had a description. In the case of the blue point the blurb read “first timer’s favorite” and for raspberry simply “oyster snob’s favorite.” Also, the Hudson House team is smart to recommend the perfect drink to accompany each oyster.
For the raspberry, it’s Moët & Chandon and for the Wellfleet it’s Whispering Angel Rosé.