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Hudson and Chatham restaurants?

I need ideas to expand my repetoire. We go to Mexican Radio about every week 'cause it's good and relaxed. I loved my meal at Swoon KitchenBar recently but went with a friend because upscale dining is not enjoyable for my husband. (hard to understand, but he has some good traits)

Are there any other comfortable, easy restaurants with an excellent kitchen? I found WunderBar mediocre. Ciao in Chatham was dreadfully mediocre. Is Red Dot ultra-hip? (not a plus in my husband's book)

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  1. I like Red Dot...the food is good bistro-esque. Mexican Radio is fun but a lot of money for so-so mexican food --though I love their Mexican lemonade :), & I love to try out the different hot sauces...but in the end the bill comes, and once again I feel like I have been had.
    ciao, Maggie

    1. We went to Lipperas in Chatham a few weeks ago. It was very comfortable, waiter was nice but food was mostly underwhelming.
      I got what they called pate and it tasted like Spam. Husband did not like his burger or fries,he's usually not picky about either, but he did love his onion soup. I had a special soup of the day, I think it was supposed to be curried sweet potato, tasted like just plain sweet potato. Too bad, we wanted to like it. Went to Our Daily Bread after, they might be nice for a simple lunch.

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      1. re: coll

        Our Daily Bread is very good for light and interesting breakfasts (we sometimes drive over on Sunday AM) and inventive lunch offerings. Their full bowl of soup will fill you for a whole day. Locally Lipera's gets good grades but I don't concur and I support your evaluation. The big plus is the newly decorated dining room but I don't go out for food just to sit in a pretty place.
        In Hudson Red Dot is a good spot for bistro fare and I enjoy it. It is (or has been on all my visits) a noisy place and if listening to other folks conduct strange conversations doesn't bother you then just enjoy the food - drinks are only ok and the bartender had to be instructed but I am used to that.

        1. re: coll

          Yes, I like Daily Bread quite alot for yummy lunch and it's great to pick up a good loaf of bread to go.
          Haven't been to Blue Plate in a while, I used to like it.

          1. re: NYchowcook

            Blue Plate has been a favorite of ours though I haven't been in quite a while. I love the idea they have of always having at least one vegitarian selection. I am definitely not a vegitarian but have found those choices to always have been extremely flavorful and enjoyable. I just have to make plans to go back again soon.

        2. We go to Red Dot all the time. The food is great.

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            1. re: Marco

              Red Dot is on the south side of Warren St (the main drag) in Hudson.

              BTW I also love the Muddy Cup for coffees--of all types and temps--and more. Funky and comfortable.

              1. re: maggiekismet

                Thanks. I've been up and down Warren and must have missed it.

            2. re: dimples

              what do you like on Red Dot's menu? lunch or dinner?

              1. re: NYchowcook

                The pastas are always very good as are the salads. My father-in-law is a regular there and he seems to think everything is very good there.

            3. Vico, a newish Tuscan in Hudson. Opened summer 2006. Haven't been, but have heard really good things from friends and family who've been there.

              1. Our favorite is Baba Louies on Warren St. @5th St. - which is a second branch of the original in Great Barrington. It is a whole pie pizzeria with excellent pies and salads. Favorite pie is the "dirty bruto" with red potatoes, parmesan, and pesto (no tomatoes or mozzarella). Also recommend the pizza puttanesca. The greek salad is good although greek salad in a pizzeria is a little incongruous. They have decent wine by the glass, and we have never had room to try dessert so I can't comment there.

                1. I've been to Ca Mea (across from Swoon) for a lunch once and had a very good panini. Has anyone had dinner there? I thought their panini was superior to Swoon's. More flavor and heft.

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                  1. re: Marco

                    Actually now I realize I am getting Ca Mea confused with Red Dot. It's Ca Mea that we go to frequently. We like the pastas, salads and actually have not had a bad meal there.

                    1. re: dimples

                      Thanks. That's good to hear. The staff seems friendly enough too.

                  2. I still like the Red Dot...its on Warren just up the street from Lili and Loo's (a great gift shop).

                    1. I'm not sure if they have "regular food" but we got some really great little cakes and chocolate croissants at Chatham Village Cake Shoppe when we were heading back from Albany a few weeks ago.