I'm totally going to get slammed for this. But this eating experience is seriously an emperor's new clothes moment for me. People rave about Hudson's on the Bend's Chicken Avocado Cones from ACL. I haven't been to ACL yet, so I was super curious. I've also never eaten at Hudson's but always wanted to go. When I read that Hudson's was going to open up a trailer on South Congress (The Mighty Cone), I was excited...over excited.
I ordered the fries and the Deluxe Chicken Avocado Cone and Shrimp Avocado Cone on my first try.
Chili dusted fries
Deluxe Chicken Avocado Cone and Deluxe Shrimp Avocado Cone
When I went in for my first bite, I got a wiff of a semi-revolting smell from either the sauce or cole slaw that was on top of the chicken and ignored it. As I bit into the cone, I was unpleasantly surprised by how hard the fried coating and how dry the chicken were. This was very hard to swallow. The shrimp from the shrimp avocado cone was also super hard. I couldn't even taste the shrimp. Their "special batter" was simply too hard and unimpressive although the list of ingredients sounds unique: sesame seeds, almonds, chili flakes, sea salt, sugar, and corn flakes. The aroma that I intially smelled got increasingly difficult to bear. It hung around in my mouth as I chewed the chicken. This next comment is probably the rudest thing anyone can write about food, but I'm really not trying to be sensational. The sauce or slaw or combination of the two smelled and tasted like vomit. I'm sorry.
I decided to give Mighty Cone another shot with the Cone Dog. Another disappointment. I did not like the texture of the dog, and I've had venison and venison sausage before. I've also had reindeer hot dogs before. None of them disappointed me in texture like this venison dog. On top of the non-descript texture and bland flavor of the dog, the slaw and heavy-handed use of mustard drowned out whatever little taste is in the meat. Utterly disasterous.
Cone Dog-venison meat
Sadly, in all the reviews that I've read, people have expressed that their fries need some work, but to me, it was the only item I could finish without griping with each bite.
Please, can someone explain to me why everyone seems to like these cones????