We were hosted by the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. and New City Microcreamy in exchange for this review. As always all options are my own.
Lucky for me, I live right down the street from the Rail Trail Flatbread Co. & New City Microcreamery, I have visited a handful of times and never been disappointed! These creative eateries have definitely put Hudson, Ma on the culinary map!
33 Main Street, Hudson, MA
When we arrived we were welcomed by one of the Rail Trail’s owners Karim. His passion for food and his Rail Trail family is heart-warming. I asked him what his favorite part of being a restaurant owner was? His answer – “Being able to employ so many people, from students to moms who have had a hard time finding a job that incorporates “mother’s hours”. With the fast growth of the restaurant, the staff has more than doubled since the opening!
One of my favorite things about Rail Trail is the time and care put into their menu options. The large menu incorporates several seasonal specials along with customer favorites that are a constant, it can be tough choice deciding between all the delectable menu options. All prepared in the open concept kitchen. The gracious and friendly staff at Rail Trail is more than happy to make menu/drink suggestions and answer any questions you may have.
We started our meal with the Crispy Ribs (Confit and fried tossed in a bbq dry rub, fresh thyme, roasted red pepper aioli) and the Stuffed Banana Peppers (Four cheese stuffing).
Almost everything you will find on your table is made from scratch or locally sourced, from the pizza dough, sauces, milk and produce from local farms, right down to the house-made buns for the burgers. Even the bitters and tinctures used in their signature cocktails are made in-house!
After much debate we decided on our cocktails. Tracy ordered the margarita and I went with the “Papa Hemingway”, this refreshing grapefruit cocktail was the perfect complement to our seat near the toasty wood-fire pizza oven. They have some really unique and tasty cocktails and a huge selection of craft beers that I would recommend you try when you visit.
Rail Trail Flatbread Co. is dedicated to accommodating gluten-free customers by making a majority of the menu interchangeable to gluten-free.
For our meal we chose to go for the flatbread pizza, cooked in the beautiful wood-fired pizza oven(since this is what Rail Trail is known for!).
Our two large pizzas featured 4 flavors: Gorg & Squash (Roasted garlic base, roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, cheese blend, gorgonzola, sage) Fig & Walnut (Roasted garlic base, mission figs, caramelized onions, cheese blend, balsamic fig reduction, arugula, walnuts) Benedict (Buttah base, maple-glazed ham, pineapple, bourbon cherries, eggs sunny side, cheese blend, chilled hollandaise, chives) and Meatball (Tomato base, giant handmade meatballs, ditalini pasta, cheese blend, basil). My personal favorite was the Benedict, the sunny side eggs were just delicious!
Even though were absolutely stuffed we had to head across the street to New City Microcreamery for a little dessert…
28 Main Street, Hudson, MA
Located just across Hudson Main Street is the newest venture opened by Karim and his business partners Michael and Jason.
New City Microcreamery is the world’s first big batch liquid nitrogen ice cream shop with an open kitchen format.
The 5,000 square foot Microcreamery serves rotating menu of unique ice cream flavors (that you can sample until your heart’s content!) such as Sweet Porter, Vanilla Bourbon, Orange Tarragon, and Mexican Chocolate, along with toppings like Gravy (hot fudge, caramel, jams and “goops”), Funk (sprinkles, cakes, brownies, sauces, granola).
Using only the freshest ingredients and local milk from Maple Line Dairy Farm, their process of making the cream bases from scratch differentiates New City Microcreamery from other “homemade ice cream” shops.
If you’re lucky you can catch them making a big batch of ice-cream, if the pink “New City” light is on over the huge mixer, you’re in for a quit the show! The flash freezing process of the liquid nitrogen (-300 degrees) creates a smooth and creamy ice cream base.New City Microcreamery is a year round ice cream shop with indoor and a large outdoor patio for enjoying your ice cream, dessert or coffee on a warm night.
Coffee, espresso, cappuccino, and lattes are now available for your morning commute (or anytime of day). Micro-cones, desserts, house-made waffle cones for are available for special occasions.
New City Microcreamery has it all! So next time you’re craving something sweet, head over to New City, I know we will.