While we were in The Woodlands area we wanted to try out as many restaurants as possible, that are not available to us. Hubbell and Hudson Kitchen was at the top of our list for several reasons including a unique concept, a shopping and dining experience and of course Mr. MoneySavingParent (aka greatbeernow) was thrilled to learn our visit would coincide with one of their beer tasting events.
A special thanks to New Creative Media and the Hubbell and Hudson Kitchen for making this vacation happen. As always opinions are 100% my own and my families. Be sure to check out the hashtag #GoHouston on Twitter and Instagram to see what the other bloggers who joined us have to say.
As we pulled into the parking lot the kids said, “Oh no they made the handicap spot green!” No kids they didn’t, Hubbell and Hudson Kitchen actually offers charging stations for electric cars! That, the storefront and the patio seating were all a great first impression.
Walking in I didn’t know if I should shop or eat. Well I didn’t, but the kids knew exactly what they wanted, the organic bananas just waiting to be picked. There’s a whole beverage and produce section as well as stand alone specials as soon as you walk in the door. This restaurant is a rather unique concept in that it mixes a little bit of “grocery” shopping with a dining experience. So, whether it’s just to pick up some stuff from their beverage, all natural meat, produce, freshly made breads or dessert, beer or wine or to dine in/carry out a meal Hubbell and Hudson has it all.
First up, we order our meals and there were so many things to choose from! The kids selected Chicken Fettucine Alfredo with Fruit Cup as well as a Cheeseburger with Fries, then she added a fresh banana from the produce section. Drinks are available, from beer and wine to waters and fruit juices, or head over to the fountain drinks. The Cowboy Burger is a biggie, but I have to admit that I very much enjoyed my Turkey Club sandwich, California style. Lightly toasted bread and topped with everything it should be, including an Avocado.
Seating our group I found out that I really missed the mark! There is a huge salad bar (I saw it on the menu but wow I didn’t know it had all this stuff) as well as a hummus bar and a soup bar. I admit, I went back and added Clam Chowder to my order after taking a peek at the pot. It may be hot outside, but it was nice and cool inside, so why not enjoy a cup of soup with my sandwich!
You would think there wouldn’t be any room for dessert, but I have to admit that seeing the bakery selection plus the gelato selection was too much for our whole family. Talking to the staff, I learned that majority of items (all but one or two) are actually freshly made on site ready for you to dine in, carry out or purchase a larger serving for a party or to take home to share. The kids opted for gelato, while I continued to eye longingly the red velvet cake.
Dad was in Nirvana, no really. First he got to taste the beer featured that night, then he got to talk about beer. Then he had to decide which one of the bottles (if any) he wanted to take home because he found some items he hadn’t been able to find elsewhere.
One of our favorite things about some grocery stores is that we can turn it into a family friendly shopping experience, enjoying some of our favorite foods and taking a break from shopping. But one of our least favorite things is that this is quite often not in a comfortable setting. Hubbell and Hudson Kitchen has found a way to enjoy fast casual dining, in a comfortable, clean and family friendly setting with excellent food perfectly prepared.