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About forty minutes from the big city, Hudson is undoubtedly a city of choice to unwind with family or friends, for a weekend – or a day.< /strong>
This village of 5000 inhabitants has a je-ne-sais-quoi. A climate of lightness – even of letting go, hovers over this city where little gourmet gems abound on Main Street and its perpendiculars.
Here are some of them!
Furley and Little Furley
Whatever your intentions, a visit to Furley (or Little Furley) could be a very smart choice. While the Furley combines an artisanal bakery, a butcher and a ready-to-eat counter in the same place (say hello to the majestic sandwiches on sourdough bread or homemade focaccia), the Petit Furley, located just behind, is the wine that every city wishes to have. Lunch and dinner, they offer small dishes where meat, bread and vegetables, all three of extraordinary quality, are kings. Julie, sommelier and co-owner (with her chef and husband Shaun Hugues), will know how to find you the perfect sustainable wine to accompany the meal. Don't forget, Saturday is donut day!
►407 Main Street, Hudson
Mikko Espresso & Shop
Third-wave coffee lovers will find plenty to enjoy with Mikko Espresso & Shop, whose Kaito roasting house is located in the same building. Apart from the coffee which is in the spotlight, the boutique section offers a nice showcase for some local artisans. You can also take advantage of the green terrace outside, or the beautifully landscaped upstairs if the weather does not allow it.
►403 Main Street, Hudson
Auberge Willow Inn
No need to stay there to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Ottawa River and a parcel of Laurentian land. Lunch and dinner, the table of renowned chef Danny Smile and his team is served for a meal where simplicity and mastery of techniques only do justice to the quality of local ingredients. A melting rib steak covering a syrupy and delicate pepper sauce. A grilled fish on the skin side, with a delicious lemon garnish. Seasonal vegetables prepared simply, so as not to overshadow the product. Mention to the impeccable service!
►208 Main Street, Hudson
Having renamed the restaurant two years after taking possession of it, it is in 2020 that the Young brothers display their true colors with Wendigo. Reid in the kitchen and Ryan in the service, this duo offers a bistro-like experience, where it is good to share a festive meal with friends. The cocktails are mastered, as are the dishes with international flavors, as evidenced by the beef tartare al pastor reminding us of Mexico, as well as the grilled octopus that takes us to Spain.
►72 Cameron Street, Hudson
Tommy Dion is a columnist/food critic and founder of the web platform and gourmet guide www.lecuisinomane.com.