Detroit: Union Street

Union Street has called Detroit’s Midtown neighborhood home since the 1970’s. With a Southern inspired menu, Union Street offers many classic dishes like Jambalya and Crab Cakes, but also has the basics like pasta, steaks, and burgers. Expect to find some unique treats on the menu like the Dragon Eggs, chicken breast stuffed with gorgonzola cheese, battered and served with a spicy sauce and Scooby Doo Pasta made with Cavatappi Pasta, chicken, tomato, mushroom, spinach, sherry wine & cream.

I am a huge fan of unique twists, ya know, different pierogi fillings or pizza toppings. So when I heard that Union Street was BBQ-ing brisket and wrapping it in an eggroll shell and deep frying it, I had to try it. The Sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded cabbage, and tender brisket fill a crispy eggroll. The house made BBQ sauce is sweet and tangy. It reminded me of what it would taste like if Open Pit and KC Masterpiece had a love child, sweet, but not a ton of rich molasses. More tomato based with a touch of vinegar.

I asked our server, Ray what was the best thing on the menu and he said the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich. It was served with a pickled mustard seed sauce that was sweet with a touch of tang, bread and butter pickles, and slaw served on a soft potato roll. A thin, moist, chicken breast, lightly breaded, perfectly seasoned, and fried to a crisp. I am not a huge fan of mayo and I get really disappointed when coleslaw or salad is oozing with too much dressing. This slaw was bright, fresh, and had just enough dressing to say hello, but not so much that it weighed the slaw down. I tackled this Sammy knife and fork style to ensure I got a little bit of everything with each bite. It was probably one of the best Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwiches I’ve had.

Now, I have yet to experience New Orleans Jambalya, but word on the street is that this dish is pretty close to the real deal. Chicken Breast, Andouille Sausage, Bell Peppers, Cajun Shrimp & Rice served in a sweet and spicy sauce. Big, succulent, creole, shrimp were the star of the show. The andouille sausage and chicken were runners up and soaked up the rich, spicy sauce. I loved that you could really taste the layers of flavor.

There is a very friendly and welcoming vibe at Union Street which explains why they have so many regulars. Its like your local, casual spot, but the food is what I would describe as upscale comfort grub. Bottom line, Union Street is serving up big portions of delicious food and I am ordering the Dragon Eggs on my next trip!

Union Street (4145 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201// (313) 831-3965)

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