Hudson House is known for oysters, fish and seafood towers, but the cheeseburger is the must-try menu item at this highly anticipated new restaurant. Made with two thin patties, American cheese, minced onion, pickles and Hudson sauce, you’ll forget that it’s from a neighborhood seafood joint.
“It’s cheesy and juicy, and people love it,” General Manager Mark Collins says.
The East Coast-inspired restaurant at Abrams Road and Mockingbird Lane features more than 70 pieces of artwork that pay tribute to the landscape and wildlife of the Hudson Valley. The menu is similarly inspired by the culinary history of the region.
Hudson House offers six types of oysters, which are shipped daily from the East Coast. With seemingly few oyster aficionados in land-locked Dallas, the selections are marked with recommendations for first-timers and oyster snobs alike.
Other seafood offerings include Atlantic redfish, salmon, tuna, a lobster roll and fish tacos, but Hudson House has a diverse menu that is constantly evolving under the leadership of new culinary hire James Douglas.
“The whole idea behind our menu is that it is something we have found pleases the crowd, and we’re keeping it small, but dynamic in the ingredients,” Douglas says. “We’re refining the ingredients, going farm to table. People will enjoy it.”
As vice president of culinary for Vandelay Hospitality, Douglas is elevating old dishes like the chicken Parmesan by recreating the sauce and upgrading the pasta with a selection from Eataly. He is also introducing new items like grilled oysters to keep the menu fresh and exciting. Be on the lookout for a molten lava cake that may make its way into the Hudson House dessert rotation.
“We’re in the infancy stages of the culinary program, but we have some great things in store,” Douglas says. “I think we’re very quickly going to be in the upper echelons of the industry.”
The Lakewood restaurant is the brand’s third location. The first outpost opened in Highland Park in 2017, followed by a location in Addison in 2018. When looking for a third site, Vandelay CEO Hunter Pond was attracted to the neighborhood with its mix of newlyweds, families and older couples.