Hudsons is the newest in the burger trend spot joining the likes of Dukes, The Wolfpack, Rocomamas and I dare say Beefcakes.
Located in the vibey and trendy Parkhurst neighbourhood, the American styled diner fits right in. The decor is modern but laid back with a choice of outside, bar stools or booth seating. I liked the vibe and setup which suited both a catch up with friends and date night.
My first thoughts were how reasonable the prices are and the wide variety of options offered. You can choose to have any burger on the menu in either chicken, beef, ostrich or vegetarian at no extra cost. Beef comes in 180g or 250g patty; chicken in single or double and ostrich in 200g. The toppings and burger patty combinations on the menu are obviously chosen according to what the chef thinks goes best together but I do love being given the choice.
I tried the regular homemade ice tea for R18 which I really enjoyed. The other flavours available are strawberry and passion fruit.
Aside from their burgers, Hudsons are well known for their gigantic milkshakes. How delicious does this Oreo one for R42 look? With flavours like salted caramel, peanut butter, Bar One, Nutella, kahlua and espresso, Amarula and toasted marshmallow, Lindt brownie and house made fudge; your most difficult decision will be which to choose!
On both my visits I had the harlem selection sliders with chicken for R62. I enjoyed it a bit more on the first visit than the second. Both times the chicken was overdone and extremely dry. The Health Nut is a BBQ chicken breast topped with basil pesto, tomato relish, roast butternut, mushroom and marrow; Vanilla Thunder is a BBQ grilled chicken breast topped with blue cheese, crumbed mushroom and rocket and The Ranch is a peri peri chicken breast topped with mayo, lettuce and onion rings. While sliders afford you the luxury of tasting three different burgers as well as being quite filling they just not the same as a burger. Pretend burgers if you will. I am quite keen to go back and have a proper chicken or ostrich burger. I love the map of New York City that is printed on the serving paper. Cute touch!
The Works is a beef patty (I promise it’s in there – it’s just hiding!) topped with mustard mayo, tomato relish, cheddar cheese, lettuce, red onion and dill pickle for R58 and skin on skinny fries for R15. Declared the best burger he had eaten in Johannesburg and loving the mustard mayo, this was a winner for the boyfriend.
The Hudson ostrich burger topped with mustard mayo and dill pickle for R48 and sweet potato wedges for R21.
I absolutely love fries and the ones here get my stamp of approval. You can choose from skin on skinny fries or disco fries loaded with cheese, spring onion and hot sauce. Other side options include sweet potato crisps, sweet potato fries or wedges, onion rings, side salad and coldslaw.
The must have dessert option is the deep fried Oreos with ice cream for R38. A devilishly delicious but simple dessert which is a generous enough portion to share. I’m a bit on the fence on whether the batter on the Oreos adds anything to this dish but I did still enjoy it. If this doesn’t appeal to you then try out their espresso chocolate mousse, Belgian waffles or brownies.
If you are health conscious then fear not because there are wheat free and carb free rolls available. A first that I have seen at a restaurant. The only option missing is a lamb one. Salads, a few grill options and pizzas cater for the non burger fans in the group.
It’s definitely worth a trip. Good burgers, reasonable prices and nice vibe makes it a yes for me. Do remember to make a booking and park in the parking lot behind the restaurant.
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