Flip Side is an eatery located in the “First and Main” shopping district in Hudson. This establishment boasts the use of Ohio raised, premium grass fed beef. The menu is heavily burger weighted. And there’s nothing wrong with that. During my visit, the atmosphere was comfortable and conducive to visiting with my companion diners, even as ‘80’s music filled the background.
It was straight up 3:00 PM on an early December Sunday afternoon. We were pleasantly greeted and quickly seated. Our drink orders were taken shortly thereafter. The variety of “specialty” milkshakes on the menu included concoctions with names such as “Apple Pie Shake” (with chunks of apple pie), “Brownie Shake” (with chunks of brownie) and “Chef’s Shake” (no, not with chunks of chef, but with peanut butter, pretzels and dark rum). Since these sounded more like sundaes than milkshakes, I opted for the basic chocolate. After ordering, the service slowed as the eatery was getting slammed with hungry holiday shoppers.
With an apology for the delay, our beverages were delivered. My milkshake was served in a cold, tall traditional soda fountain styled glass with a straw planted in it. It was filled with what looked like thick, rich custard that was strong enough to keep its peaks and ridges intact and the straw standing firmly in place. I used the long handled teaspoon that accompanied it to get my initial taste. Its appearance was deceiving as, unfortunately, I thought the chocolate flavor to be weak.
I ordered the “Chili Pepper” burger. This is about a 6 or 7 oz. burger that features pickled jalapenos, pepper jack cheese and crispy chili onion rings accompanied by smoked chili ketchup. I ordered it medium as that is what the server guided the rest of the table to for their burgers. I also ordered the house made potato chips served with hot sauce and yogurt blue cheese dressing.
Everything about this burger was fresh. This beauty was presented open faced. Its toasted crown was set off to the side to expose ketchup that was drizzled over one big, crisp onion ring. Below that sat a pepper jack cheese covered burger. The pickled jalapenos were hidden between the ring and burger. All of this sat upon the toasted heel. Also on the plate was a fresh leaf of lettuce topped with thinly sliced red onion, pickle and tomato. The chili ketchup was served on the side.
I assembled the burger with the vegetable accompaniments and smeared a portion of the chili ketchup on the crown. The burger was cooked perfectly to medium that was moist. The burger had a good texture that was enhanced by the crunch of the onion ring. A pleasant medley of pepper flavors came forth. The pickled jalapenos were readily identifiable. The chili ketchup tasted very much like chipotle pepper; possessing that somewhat spicy, woody taste that smoked jalapenos are known for. The peppers on this burger will warm the sides and back of your tongue but won't blister you. Being a hot pepper fanatic, my disclaimer about the heat is that you'll ultimately have to gauge the flavor and heat yourself.
The house chips were fresh cut and fried. Presented on a diner plate, the yogurt blue cheese sauce was drizzled upon them. It was accompanied by a side of hot sauce. The chips were crisp. The yogurt blue cheese drizzle was a hit and miss upon the chips. When I think of blue cheese sauces and dressings, I think of flavor that stands up and shouts out for recognition. Surprisingly, the blue cheese flavor was almost imperceptible. The hot sauce, on the other hand, had a bright and somewhat tangy flavor with nice heat. Other sides on the table included the “Triple Cooked “ fries and Sweet Potato fries with horseradish mustard sauce.
Was Flip Side worth the trip? The short answer is yes. For just under $16.00, you’ll get a good burger, a plate of crisp chips and a basic shake in a clean, comfortable and unrushed atmosphere. Instead of the chips, however, I recommend you try the sweet potato fries. The accompanying horseradish mustard sauce is a terrific compliment to the sweet potato’s sweetness. And next time, instead of a shake, I’ll opt for a beer. Eat up!
Thank you, Rich, for allowing me to blog with you.
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