When Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts launched Hudson House a decade ago, the small but formidable venue became an instant hit with its blend of elevated bar food and lively atmosphere. Despite ongoing success, Brooke and Nick—married chefs and restaurateurs—couldn’t resist an opportunity to reinvent their baby.
And speaking of baby, the pair’s son and restaurant namesake Hudson once crawled on the floor of the original as they put together what would be a delicious, crowd-pleasing menu. Now as their 10-year-old son develops his own discerning palate, mom and dad recognize a path to grow and explore their own as well.
The new menu at Hudson House still grounds itself in gourmet pub fare, with sharable delights like dirty tots and cheesy filled meatballs on demand. Many of the other locally sourced dishes have a hint of Asian influence, like the beef and broccoli, and pork cheek tacos dressed in kimchi mayo and kohlrabi slaw. Another tasty offering, the ginger brined chicken and unicorn noodle salad, pairs glassy ultraviolet noodles with sweet pickled shitake mushrooms, radish, cucumber, cilantro, sesame, crispy onions and a yuzu vinaigrette.
I know many of you local customers may be freaking out about two items not on the menu: the brown sugar pork ribs and the pretzel burger. Don’t panic! These items are still available off-menu upon request. Crisis averted.
Let’s move on to booze, another reason we love Hudson House. The bar is sociable and lively, and the drinks—amazing. Yes, you can still get a craft beer selection from local favorites like Beachwood Brewing in Long Beach, El Segundo Brewing Company and Three Weavers in Inglewood.
However, we highly suggest checking out some of the craft cocktails, created under the stewardship of beverage director Jessica Souza. (Pennyroyal Tea with scotch, Earl Grey, maple and citrus—divine). Whiskey lovers can also try a glass of Hudson House’s personalized rye whiskey from Hudson Whiskey, bottled and labeled specifically for the restaurant. Cheers, Hudson House … you get better with age.
514 North Pacific Coast Highway in Redondo Beach | 310-798-9183 | hudsonhousebar.com
Kevin McCollister is about as unassuming as artists come. He’s quiet, has peppery gray hair and is dressed comfortably in jeans and a sweatshirt when we meet up. But what you can’t miss about him is the camera in tote; he’s just spent the morning photographing the streets of Boyle Heights.