Atlanta always has new restaurants and areas to explore. Whether your taste buds like international fare or crave dishes of a more domestic nature, Inman Park has something for everyone. Here you’ll find a variety of dining options, unique boutique shopping and a fun hip vibe, just steps away from the Atlanta Beltline.
We were thrilled to be invited to dine and review Hampton + Hudson Community Bar and Restaurant, a gastro pub designed with a rustic feel serving lunch, dinner, brunch and late-night bites, with a focus on locally sourced creative pub fare and classics drinks. The menu is familiar and affordable with a little twist that keeps guests coming back. “We have always had our eyes on Inman Park. Inman Park is such a wonderful community that inhabits all walks of life from young professionals, to families, to residents that have lived there their whole lives. We loved that it was a walkable neighborhood that is located right off the Atlanta BeltLine. There is something special about seeing the same faces in H+H that makes it feel welcoming!” say owners of Hampton + Hudson.
The restaurant was opened in 2016 by husband and wife team Billy and Jenn Streck. The name Hampton + Hudson stems from nostalgia for the Streck family. Billy grew up going to Hampton Manor outside Albany, New York, with his family each summer; Hudson comes from the Hudson River of New York City, where the couple lived for five years.
The 3500 square foot pub is designed with a centrally located bright and specious bar surrounded by a variety of private dining areas that can be used for small and intimate gatherings to larger events, with an outdoor spacious and covered patio.
Led by Executive Chef Craig Richards, the culinary team works with locally sourced food items that rotate seasonally to create elevated yet approachable, creative pub fare, with as close to zero-waste as possible. “We do try our best in all that we do to keep that mindset. I know in the kitchen they try to utilize all of their produce in several dishes, to help with no waste, and we also use biodegradable straws and recyclable plastic for to go cups and recyclable to go boxes as well.”
We were seated at a lovely window booth. Small fresh flowers topped and cheered each table. We were told by our hipster waiter that they had our menu picked out and we declared that we were ready to feast! To start, we were served the House Deviled Eggs topped with paprika and Hampton Hot Chicken Sliders made with buttermilk tobasco aioli served with pickles on a brioche bun. They sometimes use pretzels as their breading for their chicken as well. The chicken was superbly tender, and all the flavors rejoiced with each bite. This first course, which H+H call “Making Friends”, was paired the with the delightful Holy Smokes cocktail, made with Banhez mescal, domaine canton 18.21 hibiscus lime and soda. Yum!
Speaking of yum, our next course featured their signature Blueberry Yum Yum, a refreshing drink made with Brockman’s gin, Iustau blanco, paven, lemon and simple bubbles (sparkling wine). We were then treated to the amazing melt-in-your-mouth Poblano and Cheddar Croquettes with onion top aioli, filled with risotto accompanied by their Wood Grilled Caesar Wedge topped with capers and brown butter-thyme croutons. Our third and final course was made up of a wonderful Summer Vegetable Pasta made of fusilli pasta, corn stalk, herb butter and seasonal vegetables, and their mouthwatering Chickpea Burger made with fried squash, chipotle aioli on a brioche bun and a fabulous Grilled Peach Salad with roasted corn, pickled sweet peppers and an assortment of herbs. With full bellies we sipped on a glass of Chenin Blanc wine and a beer and then strolled around the trendy neighborhood window shopping.
Hampton + Hudson is a fantastic community bar and restaurant with an assortment of craft beers, cocktails and locally sourced food. You can check out their menus and more information about their establishment at, http://www.hamptonandhudson.com.
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