As much as we love the Capital Region food truck scene, it was refreshing to discover what the Hudson Valley is up to. On a recent trip down to Hudson, we discovered the most adorable little outdoor food court on Warren Street in Hudson. The parking lot is dotted with a handful of food carts and trucks offering global flavors from Indian to Mexican and American classics.
I previously stopped by for doughnuts at Gracie's Food Truck and had to come back with J for the doughnut burger challenge. Yup, we went there...and more.
Gracie's prides itself in producing scratch-made American classics using locally sourced ingredients. That just translates to deliciousness in our bellies. The donuts are heavenly on their own; these pillowy-soft yeast donuts are going to make you weak in the knees. Sandwich a juicy farm fresh all-beef patty in between with a couple slices of crispy bacon and cheese for good measure and you've got the makings of a gut-busting experiment that's worth all the calories. The meat is quite flavorful for such a small bite and could easily be tasty as a normal burger but why not go the extra mile with added gluttony. The extreme contrasts between the sweet vanilla-specked glazed donut, salty bacon and greasy beef worked ridiculously well. But it was the homemade donut and quality meat that made all the difference.
What's a burger without fries? While the loaded fries with bacon and cheese were a tad over salted, the saving grace was the tangy truck special sauce. Plus the fry job was on point and I certainly love hand-cut fries with the skin on.
To complete the donut trifecta we had to round things out with an orange creamsicle donut and since we stumbled upon Pride Day, we got a rainbow donut to add to the festivities. I wish I had room for at least a dozen more treats, include a donut ice cream sandwich that we just couldn't fit it. Gracie's donuts are easily my favorite yeast donuts to date with a constant rotation of seasonal and creative flavors that are right up my alley. We got the traditional ones this time but the hibiscus berry one from a couple months ago was phenomenal. Luckily they are only a day-trip away to sample more flavors. Can't wait to come back to Gracie's and check out the rest of the Hudson food truck scene!