Dine on the creative dishes and rotating seasonal menu at Chef Austin Simmons’ Hubbell & Hudson, located north of Houston in The Woodlands.  

The multi-faceted Hubbell & Hudson features three concepts – the casual Kitchen, the slightly fancier Bistro with its fun lounge, and the chef’s table Cureight.

Whichever you choose, you’ll find a wonderful alternative to the wide array of chain restaurants that help define the Woodlands landscape.

Kitchen - Interior
Kitchen Interior | Photo: Bobbi McLin

Atmosphere & Style  

All three concepts share a warm, earth-toned, contemporary feel. Kitchen is super-casual – come as you are for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – while both Bistro and Cureight are a bit more casually elegant.

Guests are liable to find fashionable couples, singles, and overall a lively crowd in the evenings within the chic bar and lounge area.

Chef Austin Simmons | Photo: Bobbi McLin

Chef Austin Simmons

Simmons, a Cordon Bleu graduate, served at the famed Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas before making his way to Hubbell & Hudson in 2010. 

The talented chef sources ingredients locally and globally while executing everything from sublime, juicy burgers to cutting-edge, visually stunning gourmet cuisine.

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Fried Chicken & Waffles at Kitchen | Photo: Bobbi McLin

All Day Deliciousness at The Kitchen

Beginning with breakfast daily from 7am to 10:30am on weekdays and until 3pm on weekends, the massive menu includes everything you need to break from AM to PM and then some. 

Dig into stellar huevos rancheros with crispy tortillas, three over-easy eggs, skillet potatoes, a black bean puree, cilantro, guacamole and pico (a bargain at just $10); spectacular corned beef hash; avocado toast; and a series of benedicts including the delicious pork carnitas version and an angus beef burger benedict, alongside waffles, pancakes, and custom omelettes.

For lunch and dinner, try a variety of oak-grilled entrees including excellent angus burgers, chicken, and pork chops.

As for seafood options, try the blackened ahi tuna and soy-glazed Mahi Mahi, sandwiches, flatbreads and even a “fire it up” section where you can choose your protein (think salmon, steak, shrimp), the rub, and the sauce of your choice plus a side and garlic bread, each priced according to your protein choice.

Crispy Texas Quail at Bistro | Photo: Bobbi McLin

Beautifully Executed Fare in The Bistro

For a slightly fancier menu, hipper digs in the new lounge (complete with a contemporary blue-flame fireplace and showy wine tower), and a fine craft cocktail menu, The Bistro offers lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch with more select menu choices.

Expect dishes like the tasty appetizer of blistered shishito peppers, served with Miso aioli; and well-composed small plates including crispy Texas quail on a bed of white cheddar polenta, radish, and a cilantro emulsion; or the red wine-braised octopus with shaved fennel and prosciutto crisp and cabernet reduction.

For your money, I argue that you can’t find a better French onion soup, for entrees, consider the pasture-raised/organic chicken with Thai chili mango risotto, jerk spices, and chimichurri sauce along with a variety of creative seafood and house-made pasta dishes.

If you’re looking for something on the more inventive side, try the fantastic “vodka/corn-battered” onion rings or the locally-sourced wild mushrooms.

Akaushi Beef at Cureight | Photo: Bobbi McLin

Chef’s Tasting Menu at Cureight

Set at the back of The Bistro, Cureight provides an option for a chef’s table experience with a maximum of twelve guests (or set-up as needed for individuals, couples or smaller parties) who can watch in awe as each course is prepared.

The rotating eight-course tasting menu (including a vegetarian option) is $125 with reservations highly recommended.

Both service and cuisine are divine, with everything from caviar to king crab to beef short-ribs on the current menu, along with spectacular dessert courses by talented pastry chef, Erika Lucio.

There’s even a private room next door, set-up as reservations dictate with two-tops or accommodations for larger parties.

Cureight Interior | Photo: Bobbi McLin

Hubbell & Hudson

Oysters at Cureight | Photo: Bobbi McLin
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Jodie Eisenhardt is a marketing consultant, food writer and dog rescue advocate in Houston, Texas. Passionate about all things culinary, canine and song, she loves to travel in search of the perfect bite, followed by a performance by one of her favorite bands on tour. Find Jodie on Instagram and Twitter @foodiehouston.