Hudson House recently opened their third Dallas location in the Lakewood area. The restaurant is owned by Vandelay Hospitality and is said to be known for it’s East Coast oyster happy hour and burger. It is open for lunch , dinner and brunch. They offer curbside pick up as well as indoor dining. Seating is in booths, tables and at the bar. It is a pretty large place and people at the bar were well spaced but booth seating didn’t seem to be limited. They also have a “Pineapple Room” available for parties and it was empty. Reservations were necessary and there is plenty of parking in the lot out front. All staff wore well fitting masks and were friendly and helpful. Service was efficient but I didn’t feel rushed. Inside there was a wood floor with bare wood tables. Around the bar was a path of the tiniest tiles – very striking. The walls held a lot of New York and sports based art. Music was in the background and the place was well lit.
We started with the Lemon Fritto Misto that contained fried and sea salted calamari(rings no tentacles), shrimp, fish and jalapeño pieces. It came out in a cone with 3 sauces in little dishes around it. The various pieces came out hot and crispy with a nice amount of coating – so you could still find the seafood. It was all fresh and tasty. It had a tartar, red and sweet/vinegar sauces. All were nice but I liked the sweet/vinegar best as it seemed to most highlight the seafood. The pieces were topped with some un-fried pepper pieces but I really enjoyed the fried jalapeños that were not so spicy but very good. It was a nice amount for 2 to split.
For a main dish we both chose from their Atlantic Catch of the Day section. Each of those plates is served with Jack’s salad and roasted tomatoes plus you select one of four sauce options, which are served in a cup on the side. The Redfish was crusty on one side and nicely cooked. It tasted fresh and good. It was a nice size portion. The salad was small greens and arugula doused with grated cheese and a nice amount of dressing. The tomatoes had flavor but were not the strongest but they did give the plate good color.
The scallops came 4 to an order and were cooked perfectly. They had good texture and a lovely sweetness. The lemon butter sauce was perfect with them. It was a really tasty plate of food.
To go with the seafood we ordered some Skinny fries that also come in a cone presentation. They are served with 3 sauces also- ketchup, ranch and spicy sauce. The fries were prefectly crisp with good potato flavor. It was plenty to split for 2 and perfect to go with the fish plates.