Akron Empire would like to welcome guest blogger Stacey Lim. Stacey is a friend from a local needlecraft group, Stitch & Bitch (SnB). Stacey grew up in a small business in the Akron/Kent area--Vale Edge Hallmark. She also wrote a restaurant review for The Rail for us. Many thanks to Stacey for sharing this post about one of her favorite Akron Empire places.
Flip Side: Burgers and Beer in Hudson
by Stacey Lim
Eat or we both starve.
These are the words that greet you when you enter the FlipSide in downtown Hudson. On a weekend it’s good to take a break from shopping, and this burger joint is a good place as any to prevent starvation. Be forewarned—if you come when everyone decides to eat lunch, you may have to wait a bit, but it’s worth the wait.
The décor of this place is certainly eclectic—the best way I can describe the look is distressed—the wood on the walls have an aged look. This look adds to the casual environment of the restaurant. Seating options include tables and bar seating. I usually take whichever one is available, and this time, we were seated at a table. With our seats, we were able to get a good look at the décor, which you can see in this blog post. Take note of the motorcycle on the wall, the books, and don’t forget to look above the door on your way out.
Our server handed us some menus (the covers were made of distressed wood) listing a variety of burger options. The burgers here are grass-fed, Ohio-grown beef. I chose the Green Eggs and Ham burger and my lunch companion ordered the Smokey Burger and a strawberry milkshake. We also ordered the triple cooked fries, because you can’t have burgers without fries. (Not to mention that french fries are a serious weakness of mine.)
After a while, our burgers arrived. My burger first: Green Eggs and Ham—this is the grown-up version of what Sam-I-Am would eat or try to convince someone else to eat. The grass-fed beef sits on a brioche roll, and is topped with some of my favorite things: spinach (of course), a sunny-side up egg, prosciutto and a parmesan crisp. On the side, there was a little tin cup of basil mayonnaise, which I slathered on the bun. With the fried egg on top, I knew it was going to be a messy affair, so this was a knife-and-fork burger. All the ingredients work together perfectly, and I especially like the crunch and saltiness of the parmesan crisp with the burger.
I also took a bite of the Smokey Burger, which is covered with smoked beef brisket, pickled jalapeno peppers, smoked gouda, and a sweet bacon barbecue sauce. It was delicious, but Adam, after trying the Green Eggs and Ham burger, said “My burger is good, but I’m ordering yours next time.”
Like I said before, french fries are also one of my favorite things to eat. The fries at Flip Side are seasoned with salt as well as other spices, including garlic (which I love). If you let me, I would eat the whole plate of French fries, but I played nice and shared my fries with Adam. He played nice and let me try some of his strawberry milkshake. The strawberry milkshake is made with fresh strawberries and is topped with crumbled shortbread.
If you’re not the strawberry milkshake sort of person, there are also other milkshakes available, like one made with brownies or an apple pie shake. For more grown-up beverages, you can also peruse the craft beers or mixed drinks that are available. If you have room after eating a burger, fries, and a milkshake (which I never do), there are a few dessert options, like a deep fried apple pie or a powder sugar covered Belgian Waffle.
Check out the Flip Side. Bring your friends and enjoy your meal. I know Adam and I will go back and enjoy some more Green Eggs and Ham burgers.
Flip Side is located at 49 Village way, Hudson OH 44236
Flip Side website