Pre-Concert Eating at Hubbell & Hudson

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Pre-concert picnic from Hubbell & Hudson.
Finding a good place to eat in The Woodlands prior to a concert at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion can be a struggle if you're on a budget and tight for time. No one wants to battle the circling cars around The Woodlands Mall or the new Town Center, and most of those restaurants are either greasy chains or too expensive when you've already spent *cough* way too much money on a concert ticket.

So here's your solution: Hubbell & Hudson. Yes, it's a grocery store. But like Central Market and Whole Foods, the independently owned grocer also has a fabulous to-go section where you can pick up freshly made sandwiches and other ready-made foods. You can even get beer.

My best friend and I did just that for the recent Arcade Fire concert at the Pavilion, and we were far from the only ones: We saw half of Houston sitting outside on Hubbell & Hudson's patio, enjoying pickled beets and sandwiches and broccoli salads and bags of chips. Former EOW blogger Nishta Mehra was there, and we briefly spied former blogger J.C. Reid nipping into Hubbell & Hudson's bistro.

Oh, yes. There's a bistro too.

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Inside the store.
The Bistro is decidedly more upscale than a picnic out of plastic containers on the patio, but much more appropriate if you're taking a date to a concert instead of going with a ragtag group of friends. As it's tucked away from the main entrance, with a cozy interior in sophisticated earth tones, it's easy to forget this little place is attached to a grocery store.

But it is, and it's better for it: All of the ingredients come straight to the Bistro from the store, so you can always be assured the food is fresh. And menu items like PEI mussels, Moroccan halibut and steaks from the butcher shop next door -- while not inexpensive -- are a much better bet than The Cheesecake Factory any day of the week.



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Annette
Annette

My husband and I visited our son and daughter in law in Houston.  They took us to Hubbell and Hudson's cafe.  Boy, Woodlands is so lucky.  After eating the most fantastic dinner I have ever had we shopped inside their store.  I found desserts that I had in France and have not found to this day in Austin, until Hubbell and Hudson.   I brought them home and yep they are so close you would never know they weren't made in France.  The decaf coffee is so good that Starbucks, Look Out!!  My son is coming up this weekend.  I had him bring me 6 of the dessert croissants and 4 bags of the coffee bean for my machine.  I am hooked!!!  I will be back and will shop even longer next time.  You have to try this place, it is the best!!

The Pavilion
The Pavilion

Great way to start off an evening @ The Pavilion!

Grayggg
Grayggg

Don't forget the Texas Firecracker Poppers Tops off your soup and salads with that extrea bit of heat!!!!! a must when you eat at H&H 

J.C. Reid
J.C. Reid

The seared Hudson Valley foie gras with gold chanterelle cream, black truffle honey, and honeycrisp apple I had at Hubbell & Hudson bistro was one of the best dishes I've had this year.

Tina Z.
Tina Z.

 Culver's for burgers & frozen custard, and... fried cheese curds. YUM

Tina Z.
Tina Z.

The new H&H KItchen is another option. They serve cooked to order food like steaks, burgers, and even brunch.

Albert Nurick
Albert Nurick

 Excellent advice.  Hubble & Hudson rocks.  You also won't go wrong with Grimaldi's pizza right next door, or Goose's Acre Pub across the street.  

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