Hudson’s Hill Country
Having settled in to a fresh new look, this rustic-chic outpost west of Austin has also settled into new ownership and an updated name—and it’s all for the good. We noshed on an appetizer of crunchy avocado wedges served with plump morsels of jumbo crab before welcoming tender shrimp grilled in a chili powder blend and served over flavorful wild rice. Sadly, the lackluster Hot ’n Crunchy trout made famous by Hudson’s original owner, Jeff Blank, was a little light on crunch and lacked the bold flavor it used to have. Starters such as a roasted-corn-and-poblano chowder and a salad with grilled eggplant and heirloom tomatoes may not have been all that original, but they delivered on flavor and balance. A lively bar draws in Lakeway locals for well-executed cocktails and a value-driven wine list.
Cuisine: New American