Thursday, May 20, 2010

Culinary Reconnaissance

Park Falafel & Pizza Inc. looks like it's on schedule to open Memorial Day weekend. They've unveiled the restored storefront in recent days, and it looks spectacular. I'm really looking forward to opening day!

Olde Hudson has settled in its new shop at 421 Warren Street--almost directly across the street from its previous location. The same superb cheeses and specialty foods, the same well-chosen wares for the kitchen and bath are now offered for sale in a generous and light-filled space that makes shopping there a joy.

Tortillaville is back! It's new location is 347 Warren Street, right next door to Dogs of Hudson. They have a new expanded menu, which you can check out on their website.
I was there last week for a really good grilled vegetable burrito. With extra guacamole on the side, only $6.50. A great meal for very little money.

American Glory, in the former Rogers Hose Company firehouse at 342 Warren Street, is predicting a June opening, and it looks like they're in shape to make their date. The building has been lavishly and meticulously restored and promises to be the kind of restaurant that appeals to all of Hudson--with the possible exception of vegetarians, particularly vegans. But check out the menu on their website and decide for yourself. Perhaps they can be persuaded to grill some vegetables along with all the steak, chicken, and ribs.

Lick has some intriguing new flavors: Caramel Pretzel and 3 Seed. I've sampled 3 Seed--sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds in a delicious creamy ice cream--and found it really good--an excellent delivery system for those beneficial Omega 3 and 6 fats.

Last summer, one of the Lick owners told me that Hudson had a reputation with Jane's Ice Cream for preferring the more unusual flavors. Shops that sell Jane's Ice Cream in other locations go through a lot of traditional flavors--especially strawberry. Not so Hudson. We go for flavors like Figs and Cream, Green Tea, and, my personal favorite, Hot Chocolate--that rich mousse-like chocolate ice cream with a little bit of heat from chili peppers.

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