Restaurant of the Moment: UNION

UNION Kitchen and Tap

1108 South Coast Highway 101

Encinitas, CA

760.230.2337 (BEER)

www.localunion101.com

This is what bar food wants to be when it grows up. UNION Kitchen and Tap serves New American food, craft beers, and specialty wines. Located along historic Highway 101, just north of Swami’s beach in Encinitas, UNION isn’t your average coastal restaurant. It’s corrugated metal facade gives it an appropriately tough look, though the shiniest belies the restaurant’s youth. Open air windows on the side allow you to mingle and people watch. In the summer time, you can’t beat that breeze.

UNION is known for its specialty nights

Mondays: Social hour from 3pm to close. Check website for food and drink deals.

Tuesdays: Industry nights. Customers who work in the service industry receive 1/2 off their bar tabs.

Wednesdays: Uncorked and Unplugged. Live music and half off all wines

Saturdays and Sundays: Brunch from 9am-3pm, including Bacon Bloody Marys

Most of the menu hovers somewhere between comfort food and upscale chic in name, if not in price or quality. This may look like a collection of your southern aunt’s favorite recipes, but we can guarantee, average it’s not. Some customer food favorites are the bacon mac ‘n’ cheese, the shrimp and grits, and the UNION burger. For dessert, choose from the seasonal doughnuts, apple wood smoked creme brulee and the house-made moon pies, among others.

Come hungry, leave full.

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