Communities are really just groups of people with one thing in common; proximity. What brings people together, is food! The food that connects Providence’s West End is Hudson Street Deli; tucked right into the center of a neighborhood, its blue scalloped awning welcoming in anyone with an appetite. And an appetite indeed, is certainly needed when stepping up to the counter at Hudson Street Deli.
A large Italian sub is something seen on just about every sandwich menu in Rhode Island; if there’s bread, there’s an Italian sub. So how does Hudson’s sub stand out from the rest? Well, its about the size of a newborn baby, and weighs about the same, too. This mammoth sandwich is layered with fresh sliced cold cuts, shredded lettuce, cheese, Italian salsa, banana peppers, tomatoes, oil and vin, and mayo. Phew, that’s a mouthful (literally).
Mornings are almost always going to be a drag, but when you have a hearty breakfast, it makes Monday’s feel like Fridays! Hudson’s breakfast sandwiches start with freshly cracked eggs. We can’t emphasize enough, how very important fresh eggs are. None of that frozen egg patty nonsense. Layer it with ooey-gooey melty cheese, and griddled meats of your choosing!
We loved this classic lunch time sandwich served on Rhode Island’s favorite sandiwich bun, a soft and fluffy Calise roll. Grilled chicken, melted mozz, tomato and basil. Like your fave margarita pizza, in sandwich form!
BLT’s are such a classic sandwich. It’s simplicity is what makes it beautiful; you can dress it up how you want! Hudson’s Notorious BLT is just as infamous as Notorious BIG. They take fresh lettuce and tomatoes, crispy strips of bacon, cheddar cheese, avocado, and purple cabbage and stack it up in between two toasty slices. We recommend rye, for that extra good good.
Now, if you’re a vegetarian and you’re starting to feel left out, you’re about to get real happy. The Rabbit, aka the vegetarian BLT is tempeh bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado, and roasted garlic vegenaise, served on toasted marble rye. I am not going to lie to you, I think I liked this plant based bacon better than the real deal!
Another one for the plant lovers, and one of my favorite sandwiches of the day, Smash the Patriarchy, breaks all the rules. Served warm off the press on your choice of bread, smashed chickpea salad, feta cheese, onions, cranberry sauce, and spinach to make such a smooth, almost buttery taste. It reminded me of a tastier version of egg salad, but with yummy add ons and sweet and tart pops from the cranberry. So good that a meat lover might even try something vegetarian *gasps*.
And finally, something that is not between two slices of bread is the saute bowl! This is custom built, made to order. Pick what you want, whatever you’re in the mood for, and sauté it! We went with an egg scramble, sauteed mushrooms, kale, carrots, zucchini and onions. We love this because sometimes, we are feeling like leaving the carbs out of the picture, but it’s hard to do at a sandwich shop! So if one of those sandwiches is calling your name, but you’ve promised yourself to skip the bread today, not to worry.
Hudson Street Deli is truly admirable because they have something for everyone. A giant, Italian cold cut sandwich, vegetarian and vegan options, and every choices for our friends who are allergic to gluten. They are able to accommodate just about everyones dietary needs, wants, and desires. And to make you love them even more, they are super conscious of the footprint they leave behind. They work to minimize their food and paper product waste, and encourage customers to bring their own reusable containers. We can certainly get behind a business who is thoughtful enough to care about their environment and community!
Thank you to Hudson St. Deli for having us in, and being so wonderfully accommodating. You literally had us eating sandwiches for days (how many people does it really take to finish that massive grinder!?) We can’t wait to come back!
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