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Judson Grill -- Lunch Report

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Judson Grill -- Lunch Report

Amsterdam | Jan 22, 2004 07:34 PM

Recent talk of Judson Grill prompted me to have lunch there today. My companion had the autumn squash risotto with
wild mushroom broth and delicata squash. This is quite delicious. Unusual in appearance, its creamy texture infused with the mushroom broth and accented by the sweetness of the squash allow it to be both a subtle, yet highly satisfying dish. I order the roasted rack of pork with squash spaetzle, bacon and spinach. The kitchen sent out the pork well done, with the meat blanketing a fair amount of juice, which its flavor is entirely dependent on. The squash spaetzle, on the side, is what distinguishes the dish. Light in texture and quite aesthetically attractive, it steals the show (but it would not be able to standout so much had it not been paired against the reliable piece of pork). The spinach, hidden beneath the spindly spaetzle strands, again supplies a nice balance to the dish, so that the meat never overwhelms it. The two entrees are quietly creative and appear to be characteristic of Judson Grill's cuisine.

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