Have you seen those shows on the Food Network where they swamp a restaurant with 100 people at the same time and the chef has to deal with it? Tonight, we phone the Hudson Grille and request a table for thirty, about 30 minutes before we arrive. Can they handle the rush?
If you look up “sports bar” on the internet, you might get a picture of the Hudson Grille. There are five of them in Atlanta and they do sports right. There are lots of beers on tap and TVs everywhere.
We can’t resist and order a couple of drafts. Two servers take care of the entire crowd. All drinks come out within 10 minutes. That’s impressive.
Eve chooses the Sam Adams winter seasonal, which she has really enjoyed during our cold weather. I go for a British mix, a “Dark Castle”. This is half Newcastle and half Guinness. It’s a dark version of the “black and tan”. We could probably call it “black and brown”.
When 30 people order dinner at the same time, disaster usually ensues. Two years ago, we did a meal with this same group at a nearby Italian restaurant and it took me an hour and 45 minutes to get my food. Not so at the Hudson Grille. Everyone is served within 20 minutes. That’s extremely impressive.
When at a sports bar, it would be un-American to order anything but a burger. You can choose from beef, chicken, turkey or veggie when you order one.
Eve orders the classic (turkey) burger, which comes with lettuce, tomato and pickle. The house-made chips are a nice touch.
My burger is the Maker’s Mark, also with a turkey patty. It arrives with bourbon BBQ sauce, bacon, cheddar, crispy onions and a side of sweet potato fries. This is a yummy burger, almost as good as the turkey burger at Moxie Burger (Date Night #66, 5/3/13), which has better sides.
There are a lot of things on the menu, including many sandwiches, Mexican food, about a dozen entrees, and a dozen salads. The salads that we see are nicely presented and very large. Our group really enjoys their meal and I do not hear any complaints. As we leave, I tell the manager what a nice job they did with such a large amount of people. The next time you need to watch a big game or feed a big group, there’s probably a Hudson Grille near you.