3/14/2013 01:45:00 PM

Best Thing We Ate This Week: Stuffed Pheasant Breast at Hudson’s on the Bend

All the SXSW downtown craziness was too much for this week, so we took a brief break and hiked out to Hudson’s on the Bend for some classic wild game done Texas-style. The longtime restaurant out on 620 has been serving antelope and alligator to old-school Austinites since the ’80s, long before places like Jezebel began offering eccentricities like kangaroo.

We loved the tender chocolate-chili-rubbed smoked elk backstrap, but it was the pheasant breast that really got our goat. The white meat was stuffed with cilantro pesto and an earthy butternut-squash tamale and served atop a dark, rich mole. We could have done without the standard sides that come with every dish (mashed potatoes, cornbread and steamed veggies with butter), but the chocolatey mole, crispy pheasant skin and panela cheese sent us over the moon. The pumpkin-white-chocolate bread pudding with bourbon-praline sauce and vanilla ice cream took us all the way to Mars.

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