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by Alicia Ghio
from Local Food Rocks

Grazin' on Grand Opening Day, 10.1.11.  Photo by Bridgid Sweeney.

On our mini-vacation last weekend, my husband Renato and I started getting a little hungry after only about a hour into our drive to upstate New York. I searched on Yelp and immediately saw a place that sounded perfect: Grazin’ Diner in Hudson.

This burger joint didn’t sound like your average burger joint – It was it was farm-to-table!

by Alicia Ghio
from Local Food Rocks

 


 

Grazin' on Grand Opening Day, 10.1.11.  Photo by Bridgid Sweeney.

Last weekend, my husband Renato and I decided to take a mini-vacation and head to Cooperstown, New York for a little B & B … that’s short for beer and baseball.

We started getting a little hungry after only about a hour into our drive to upstate New York, so, I quickly got out my iPhone and did a search on Yelp. Immediately I saw a place that sounded perfect: Grazin’ Diner in Hudson. This burger joint didn’t sound like your average burger joint. It said it was farm-to-table!

Grazin’ Diner has only been open about a month and is the brainchild of the owners of Ghent’s Grazin’ Angus Acres, along with their daughter and son-in-law. Nearly everything on the menu is locally sourced and organic, even biodynamic (a method of organic farming involving such factors as the observation of lunar phases and planetary cycles and the use of incantations and ritual substances) when possible. It is the first Animal Welfare Approved restaurant in the country.

 

Without even having a bite, I was falling in love…

 

The Grazin’ decor is 1950s diner, complete with a working Wurlitzer jukebox. Classic shiny chrome, red vinyl booths and a counter area with stools. Photos of Grazin’ Angus Acres were on the wall next to our booth. A sheet with a little bit about their food philosophy and some background info on some of the farms that grew, raised or produced Grazin’s ingredients accompany the menu. You can also pick up pamphlets about various farms at the entrance. Without even having a bite, I was falling in love.

100% grassfed "Suzie Burger" and organinc house-cut fries.  Photo by Paticia Cutler.The menu is classic burger joint stuff, but will vary slightly depending on what is seasonally available. I decided on a burger medium-rare topped with caramelized onions and raw milk blue cheese. The husband went for a burger medium-rare topped with a fried egg and the usual burger stuff like lettuce, tomato and onion. That day you had the option of substituting fries with sauteed swiss chard or kale chips. How could I not love a place where you could substitute kale chips fresh out of the oven for fries? We both opted for the kale chips.

The burgers were cooked perfectly. I didn’t even need to use the homemade organic ketchup as my burger was incredibly juicy. The kale chips were so light and crisp that they melted in your mouth. The slightly runny egg atop the juicy burger was a deliciously unique experience. As Renato always says, “Everything is better with an egg on top.”

Seeing as how this the start of our mini-vacation, we just had to order dessert. Homemade apple pie with a scoop of ice cream – oh, yes please! This apple pie was lightly sweet with a nice cinnamon spice flavor complimenting still “al-dente” apple slices in a hearty, flaky crust. Oh and by the way, Grazin’ makes a nice, strong cup o’ coffee to boot.

If ever there was a burger joint made just for me – Grazin’ Diner in Hudson, New York is it! It was by pure luck that we stumbled upon it and boy am I glad we did. Thumbs up all the way!


Grazin’ Diner
717 Warren Street
Hudson, NY 12534

Hours: 11am to 8pm, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  9am to 3pm Sunday.  Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.


 

Alicia Ghio and her husband Renato own the local production company RmediA. She is the creator, producer and host of the web series The Natural Princess. And, because food is always on her mind, she also is the author of the blog Local Food Rocks. Alicia is a passionate home cook on a mission to inspire others to know where their food comes from, to know what’s in it and to savor the flavors of fresh, local ingredients.

 

 

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