Down By the (Old) Bay

It’s become routine for me to visit one of my favorite Dallas sandwich shops routinely every weekend so when I heard East Hampton Sandwich Company was opening a sister full-service restaurant, I needed to go.

Hudson House, the first full service restaurant by Hunter Pond, founder of East Hampton Sandwich Co, along with partners Kyle Brooks, Wes Freeman, Hank Keller and Justin Hollis,  is now open daily for happy hour and dinner. Located in the Park Cities area of Dallas at 4448 Lovers Lane, the East Coast inspired neighborhood restaurant serves an all-American menu along with a raw bar specializing in East Coast oysters and classic cocktails.

We were lucky enough to be invited to try the restaurant on a busy weekday evening. While the restaurant doesn’t take reservations for parties with fewer than 8 people, we snagged a table easily. “Jack’s Bar”, a small 4-seat bar where guests can have a drink while waiting or a table or to-go order is in the rear of the restaurant and has a dedicated entrance. The oyster and cocktail bar are connected as one and run the length of the dining room, which is made up of mostly comfortable booth and banquette seating.

The avocado dip and Tuna Tartare are the perfect starters. The avocado dip is super creamy and straight forward and pairs well with its salty, crunchy chip counterparts. The tartare could use a little more spice but was awfully nice and fresh, albeit our wonton crisps never arrived to scoop it up.

For mains don’t miss the soon-to-be-famous ‘Big Brother’ Lobster Roll comprised of chilled lobster tail, the “good butter,” yuzu pickles and lemon mayo. It truly was delicious and we are told the roll is made in-house. Another wonderful entree was the Mapled & Planked Salmon served with lemon broccolini, salad. The salmon was flaky, I just wish there was a little less sauce because the fish was so perfectly cooked.

Desserts here come in either sweet and sour. Your choice of chocolate silk or key lime pie are as about traditional as it gets and you’ll be fighting over the last bite. Thank you again Hudson House!

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