Devouring Houston: Exploring Houston One Bite at a time

Houston has so many incredible food establishments...from sumptuously designed restaurants to fun storefronts selling gourmet cookies. From Mexican Food Carts to the Best BBQ in the World. And...I want to expore it one bite at a time.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Hubbell & Hudson

I have really been anxious to try Hubbell & Hudson up in The Woodlands.  Today was the day.  We went for Sunday Brunch.  And, I was not disappointed.  Hubbell & Hudson is one part very nice Bistro and one part Market.

We first visited the Bistro for brunch.  The Bistro is very serene, full of peach colors.  Classic jazz plays in the background.  But this is no sissy girlie place.   The interior design is full of dark wood accents, including a dark wood floor.  The kitchen is separate from the dining area, but from where I was sitting, I could watch part of the kitchen through a wall of windows.  Pretty neat touch.  Their brunch menu is extensive and indepth.  Of course, they have the standard breakfast fare of pancakes, benedicts, and "Build your own Omlet" (with lobster as an option), but they also offer much of their regular menu (which I look forward to returning to try).  

I first tried the Waffle.  It was served with fresh blueberries and sprinkled with powdered sugar.  It was good.  Nothing fancy about their waffle, but nothing bad either.  Their Pancakes were good, too.  Again, no explosions of flavor in my mouth, but they were tasty.  They were dense, but not heavy.  A dusting of powdered sugar on the top with a big old pat of butter.  Next up, the French Toast.  The toast was made of brioche bread.  I tasted a citrus flavor in the batter.   A side of melted butter with honey was served.  The French Toast was delish.  It was crunchy around the edges, yet the middle of the toast consisted of the good sogginess that you'd expect from french toast.  The melted honey butter was a delicious substitute for regular syrup.  The Toast melted in my mouth leaving me wanting more and more.  Finally, the European Soft Style Scramble with tomatoes and parmigiano-reggiano served with grilled flatbread.  The flatbread was not flavorful and was greasy.  But, the eggs were pleasant.  The tomatoes on top were more of a salsa and it paired excellently with the eggs.  Although the staff was very gracious, they were not necessarily friendly and the service was extremely slow.  We waited a Very. Long. Time. for our food. Our server apologized and the manager checked on us a couple of times, but that was it.  No consolation prize was offered.  As a matter of fact, the side of bacon we ordered never showed up on the table (although it did appear on the bill.  Our server happily fixed that, though). 

Next up, The Market.  I can't wait to go back and just walk up and down the aisles of the market.  I think I could stay there taking it all in for hours.  The market is like a smaller, more intimate version of Central Market.   The Market was bustling with customers shopping in the various sections from cheeses to charcuterie to the Butcher Shop to the Bakery.  The produce was fresh and extremely inviting.  The Market also carries all the staples you would need at home including milk, ice cream, wine, and mustard (yes, mustard is a staple). 

Similar to Central Market, but with a super cute presentation, the market offers candies in old fashioned candy jars.  The candy bar was charming and beckoning me to scoop out some sweets!
24 Waterway Avenue
The Woodlands, Texas 77380

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