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Block Rockin' Eats: Brunch at The Hudson, Plus Details About Their Block Party on August 13th

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The Hudson has one of the most perfect locations and set-ups for a fun and delicious weekend brunch. On a sunny day, with their windows wide open in the railcar-esque restaurant perched at a diagonal where Crescent Heights meets Santa Monica Boulevard, the boisterous ambiance is only bested by the delicious brunch entrees and cocktails. That railcar sensibility is no accident; the spot used to be that of West Hollywood's first train station, but since The Hudson took over the spot in late 2009, it's all aboard for food and drink in a lively locale.

Food at The Hudson, blends a contemporary, seasonal approach to cooking with comfort and pub-style favorites. Brunch is satisfying, playful, and also affordable. Hearty dishes like biscuits with sausage gravy ($8) or their vibrant take on Huevos Rancheros ($12) won't break the bank and will cure whatever ails you that morning, whether it's the pain of the night before's revelry, or just hunger for midday eats. Their pillowy and not-too-sweet French Toast with whipped cream and berries uses the buttery brioche made in-house at their soon-to-open sister restaurant The Churchill.

If you like your brunches with booze, The Hudson has a Bloody Mary ($5), Belvedere Mary ($8), and bottomless Mimosas or Beermosas for $15, in addition to their full cocktail menu, which has some fun concoctions that blend fresh herbs and fruit with spirits. Favorites include the dangerously smooth Bonaparte (Hangar One Vodka, Lillet Blanc, apple juice, lemon, and house-made cardamom syrup and black pepper, served up with a lemon twist) and the Gillespie (Muddled blackberries and thyme, 10 Cane rum, fresh lime and simple syrup, served on the rocks with a sprig of thyme).

To take full advantage of their prime location, the summer sun, and the chance to raise some bucks for the West Hollywood Library, The Hudson is teaming up with some local businesses to host a Block Party this Saturday, August 13th, from 1 to 11 p.m. This 21 and over event will include two full bars and food samples from Baby Blues BBQ, Intelligentsia, The Hudson, and newcomer The Churchill.

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The block-rockin' will come thanks to live bands Andy Clockwise & Special Guests, Races, Dead Sara, LP, Ross Sea Party, and Red Arrow Messenger, as well as DJs Chris Kennedy (aka Chris Masterson), Isa (Florence + The Machine), and Son of Stan (Ben Harper & Relentless7 / Epic Ruins). Local businesses will also have booths set up for shopping and getting info on their services, and to entertain your eyes, there will be a live street art piece created on site and auctioned off for charity.

Tickets are available at the door and are $7 before 4 p.m. and $10 thereafter.