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Restaurant Review: Hudson 29

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Restaurant Review: Hudson 29Photos by Mollie Lyman.
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It’s not every day you find a buttonhole at the corner of your spiffy cloth napkin.

But if the occasion arrises, even an uncouth HotPockets eater knows that the dinner napkin is clearly designed to attach to a shirt button for better apparel protection.

Selfies would normally follow this sort of culture victory, but for the fervent commands of table-mates to “TAKE THE NAPKIN OFF”. People get all uppity and serious in Hudson 29. It’s sort of upscale and special.

You know it’s special because there are bowls and bowls of artichokes as entryway decor. Fascinating. Some tables have candles and other have succulent plant centerpieces that look like artichokes.

That’s art (art-ichoke).

Like every other Cameron Mitchell restaurant, the servers are divinely, earnestly gracious. It’s always the subject of whispered table conversation; there is wonder at how anyone can be so nice to all the masses of humanity that enter the doors.

And there is lots of humanity there, most of it looks to be well-heeled. Lane Avenue, it seems, is a gold mine for the restaurant empire.

The menu is diverse. There’s a pizza/flatbread section, a sushi section, a sandwich section and an entree section. It’s a whole bunch of things, all of it in a dark, lux environment with a little bit of Cameron Mitchell signature clamor.

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Campari Tomato Flatbread ($10) is a nice way to kick things off. It’s a skinny pizza -oval-shaped, with lots of fresh basil and soft melty mozzarella clinging to a thin, savory crust.

Or continuing on the classic theme, there are salads too: the Caesar ($7) has a generous supply of dressing, it thoroughly coats the small shreds of romaine. The treatment makes the salad rich, along with croutons and shards of parmesan wafers. That’s right, it has crunchy chips made of pure parmesan cheese; that’s a win right there.

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But then there’s stuff like Steak and Enchilada ($25). Though totally approachable, it’s not a combo you see every day on a menu. At Hudson 29, the steak is served sliced, alongside an epic pile of corn, speckled with really good tomatoes, cucumber, radishes and avocado. The enchilada cuddles in there, with a delicate shell, cheese and an earnest, home-spun enchilada sauce.

Or there’s Rigatoni Bolognese ($15), it has a cheaper price tag, but still provides a big supply of pasta with a slow braised beef ragu.

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One of the favorite menu finds has been the Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich ($14). The long sub is cut into three sections, which makes it look delicate and cute, but it’s really a manwich at heart: juicy fried chicken, havarti, and it looks like someone snuck a marinated kale leaf inside there too. Perfect.

Speaking of kale, a kale and couscous salad is available as a side (as are french fries, a feta-tomato combo and several other things). It’s a fun salad; the grain is prominent, but it’s nicely polluted with a light dressing, kale, raisins, almonds and a few thin slices of radishes.

You can find Hudson 29 at 1600 W. Lane Ave. It’s open every day at 11:30am. It closes at 10pm Mondays through Thursdays, 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 9pm on Sundays.

For more information, visit www.hudson29.com.

Photos by Mollie Lyman of www.fornixphotography.com.

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5 Responses to Restaurant Review: Hudson 29

  1. tolemac5050
    tolemac5050 May 1, 2014 6:56 am at 6:56 am

    Be prepared to pay $$$

  2. efilsitra
    efilsitra May 2, 2014 1:26 pm at 1:26 pm

    The salad is polluted with dressing? That does not make me want to eat it..I feel like if there was too much dressing than that would be the appropriate adjective. Anyway, food looks good otherwise.

  3. grego4blue May 5, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am

    went for dinner with a friend. both appetizers and main entrees were less than average. dessert was poor as well. service was good though.

  4. osuraj
    osuraj May 20, 2014 8:25 am at 8:25 am

    I really wanted to like Hudson 29. My husband and I went this past weekend. I really liked the look and feel of the restaurant. The service was great as well, however, the food wasn’t so good. Upon recommendation from the server, I had the scallops, and they were really salty and fishy…which I wasn’t expecting for a Cameron Mitchell restaurant. My husband got the steak and enchilada, and while he liked the steak (though it was lukewarm), the mole sauce on the enchilada was not good. It was pretty sub-par food for price point. We love Cameron’s in Worthington and was expecting the quality to be more similar to that.

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