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Hudson’s Hill Country: Your Destination for Fine Dining AND All Day Happy Hour

Hudson’s Hill Country: Your Destination for Fine Dining AND All Day Happy Hour
Pathway to entrance

When Chef Jeff Blank opened the original Hudson’s on the Bend restaurant (in this same location) way back in 1984, he wanted to create an intimate space that offered fine fair to Austinites in a laid back Hill Country setting. He succeeded. HOTB’s reputation quickly grew and people often chose it as a destination dining place or for locals to frequent, myself included in the latter. If was very sad to learn that, due to health issues, Chef Blank decided to sell the restaurant after over three decades of success in 2016. Following approximately eight months of major renovations, the second owners opened HOTB v2.0…for about 3 months and closed abruptly the day after Valentine’s 2017.

Now owned and operated by a third group (husband and wife team Dilum and Surangi Chandrasoma), things might look a lot different; however, the original Hill Country hospitality and an exotic, innovative menu are back. The new owners and Executive Chef John Sturdivant (formerly of Z’Tejas) of renamed Hudson’s Hill Country are embracing and honoring Chef Blank’s & HOTB’s traditions, as well as adding their own personalized touches and modern twists. The bar is set high and they are meeting it!

They decided to keep the renovated space as is and it is admittedly stunning. Walking past the expansive vegetable and herb garden personally evokes fond memories and reassures me that Hudson’s Hill Country is taking the farm-to-table approach and seasonality of only the best ingredients as seriously as its founder. Not to be mistaken. While Hudson’s Hill Country does honor the locales history, they are on the road to making a reputation of their own. There is now a spacious bar area with lots of natural lighting, still intimate, white linen topped tables inside, a large private dining room, and expanded al fresco options.

THIS is farm-to-table
Beautiful garden continues to grow

 

 

Large bar area
Live music on select nights

Renovated interior

Their menu will change as frequently as the seasons do (with some standard remaining staples). All of the items I have had so far (my plan is of course to make my way through all of the offerings eventually, ha) were absolutely delightful. They have a fine list assortment of signature cocktails (recommend the “Bashful Bluebonnet”), an impressive wine list (be sure to check out the wine room while you are there), and a small selection of beers including a handful of local crafts.

Their menu is aptly described as “Tradition Redefined.” Several wild and exotic meats (antelope, wild boar, rabbit…) that HOTB was well-known for are still available at Hudson’s Hill Country. They have added contemporary twists and they’re inventing exciting new delectable dishes (recommend the Cast Iron and Rabbit Dumplings!), as well as including some lighter fare in the mix (recommend the Wasabi Caviar Tuna Poke!). There are also soup and salad options, and mouthwatering desserts. Here are a few of the amazing dishes I have tried so far:

Delicious assortment of scratch breads and butter

 

Caviar Tuna Poke on top of fresh, creamy avocado, dressed with wasabi drops and tossed greens, a drizzle of tasty strawberry lemonade reduction, served with lavash

 

Bonfire Buffalo Quail was wonderfully smoky with just the slightest bit of heat served on grits and perfectly executed

 

Cast Iron Duck & Rabbit Dumplings had great flavor combinations of the proteins, perfect texture of the housemade wrappers, and was accompanied with a yummy peanut butter sauce

 

Wild Boar Lollipop Chops was a very generous portion of well-cooked and seasoned chops served with mixed grilled vegetables

 

Off menu fully loaded charcuterie and cheese board: seared foie, aged gouda, goat cheese…huge assortment

 

Tea rubbed duck breast with candied orange, red chile glaze, wild mushrooms, and bok choy

 

Infamous Brewery: IPA and Hijack

Location:
3509 Ranch Road 620 N
Austin, TX 78734
512.266.5644

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HOURS: Mon-Sat 4:30-10pm; Sun 4:30-9pm. Reservations available via phone or OpenTable on the restaurant’s website.

HAPPY HOUR: ALL DAY on Mondays and Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday 4:30-6pm, Friday start you weekend early 3-6pm. Discounted cocktails, wine, and beer and select rotating menu starters; available in Longhorn Bar area and Prickly Pear Patio. Below are some samples of the amazing dishes being offered.

Sample happy hour drink menu (offerings and pricing subject to change)
Assortment of Happy Hour dishes (subject to change)
Happy Hour Watermelon Caprese Bites
Hot and crunchy Trout Bahn Mi
Happy Hour Charcuterie Board
Five Meat Sliders

SUNDAY BRUNCH: a la carte brunch from 10:30am-2pm.

Parking: free partial gravel and paved lot.

Sample drink menu 04.12.2018

 

 

 

 

Sample food menu 04.12.2018

 



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