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H&L on the Hudson

H&L on the Hudson

Albany has a lot of waterfront. But it doesn't have a lot places along that waterfront to grab something to eat.

So we were happy to find our way to H&L on the Hudson this week, a food trailer set up along the riverfront at the C. Springer Marina on the south end of Broadway.

H&L sells a range of breakfast and lunch items -- egg sandwiches, wraps, hot dogs, burgers and similar offerings. There's a nice wooden patio alongside the trailer that overlooks the river, with picnic tables and umbrellas.

H&L on the Hudson riverside

H&L on the Hudson is owned and run by Holly and Larry Spinosa. As Larry explained, he had been looking for something else to do after three decades as a butcher for local supermarkets. And when Holly's son -- Joe Martin, the owner of the marina -- approached them about maybe doing food at the spot, they said yes after giving it some thought.

"I'm glad we did," he said. "It's fun. And we're putting good food out."

This is the first full season for the operation. It opened last July, and Larry Spinosa said they didn't do much to get the word out because they wanted a chance to find their footing.

It appears H&L already has a bunch of regulars. Wednesday afternoon a steady of stream people stopped by around noon, many of them exchanging familiar greetings with the crew inside the trailer. Spinosa said breakfast has turned out to be very popular, with many workers from the businesses along the industrial waterfront coming by for egg sandwiches and pancakes.

"I try to have nothing but the best," Spinosa said as we talked about the menu items. That means two-egg breakfast sandwiches, egg-bread buns for the burgers from a bakery in Rockland County, buns from Amoroso's in Philadelphia for the cheesesteak and the sausage hoagie (made with sausage from Pellegrino Importing), housemade Michigan sauce (via a recipe from Larry's aunt Helen), and coffee from Capital City Coffee Roasters.

H&L on Hudson veggie burger

For lunch on Wednesday, we tried the veggie burger, which came with cheese, special sauce, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onion, along with a handful of housemade potato chips for $7.50. The bun was nicely squishy, the veggie burger (a food service product, Larry said) had some nice depth of flavor, the veg was crisp, the caramelized onion and cheese and sauce added richness, and the chips were crunchy. We'd happily eat it again. And we're looking forward to stopping by another time.

H&L on the Hudson is open Monday-Friday 6:30 am-2 pm and Saturday 7:30 am-2 pm. Its season stretches from April to October 20 this year.

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There are a few pics at the top in large format if you're curious to see more and check out the menu in detail -- click or scroll all the way up.

Find It

H&L on the Hudson
5 Broadway
Albany, NY 12202

The food stand is tucked behind the marina building.

Comments

Congrats Harry and Larry! Glad that your hard work and great love for food is being recognized by many!
Best Michigan sauce I have ever tasted.

See you Saturday!

Rob and Mary

This looks great! We're always looking for a place by the water!

Great spot -- look for all the National Grid trucks if you have trouble finding it. Those guys love it there.

Whoa! Great find! This sounds fantastic.

Good to know for the next time I'm biking over there!

Profussor, crediting AOA for "finding" this rather than the Spinosas for opening it seems a little backward, no?

Best breakfast and lunch around. The surroundings are beautiful but the owners ,(Cooks) are the best. Always a smile and always accommodating. You name it, they will do it. Cannot wait to go back.

Congratulations H&L, great write up, can't wait to try your food. We are here till Aug 9th. & will stop by soon. Evie & Michael

Anyone know if it's cash only or if they take cards as well?

I work at U-Haul, just down the road from here, and this place is terrific. Amazing bread, the burgers are A+. The fish fry on Friday is popular in my office.

They accept cards. They use Square.

I went today and the fish fry was great - and HUGE. I'll definitely be back for a burger. Nice little seating area they have too - a great change of scenery if you're used to the downtown Albany lunch spots.

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