Brunch Buddies: Union Grill

After waking up on Saturday, I knew I’d have so much to do in the morning that I sadly wouldn’t have time to make an actual breakfast. So I packed some snacks in my bag and went to campus to go take care of some of my responsibilities. By the time I was finished with everything it was already around twelve, which I guess is a fine time for brunch. So a couple of my friends and I decided to stay close to campus, and we went to Union Grill.

The location: Union Grill is right in the middle of Craig Street, so it’s super close to campus. The restaurant usually stands out to me because of its nice plants for its outdoor seating. And also, since the outdoor seating is basically right on the sidewalk, every person that walks by the restaurant can see who’s sitting outside and the food they're eating. It's a nice way of enticing customers.

The food: I didn’t realize this until recently, but the fish dishes at Union Grill are really fresh! The past few times I’ve gone, I’ve ordered the salmon burger and it never disappoints. The salmon was cooked perfectly and although they keep the sandwich pretty simple with two buns, lettuce, tomato, and a pickle, all the natural flavors just blend so well together. It even comes with your choice of salsa or spread to add a little more flavor if you’d like; I usually ask for the corn salsa. And most meals you order at Union Grill come with sides, like their famous waffle fries, fresh veggies, or mashed potatoes. They do give you a lot of food, but for pretty decent prices!

The vibe: I often get an old school vibe whenever I go to Union Grill, I guess because most of the people who eat there are families and senior citizens. I really enjoy the comfortable social atmosphere of the restaurant; it sometimes makes me forget that I’m even near a college campus.

Lit or Nah: I wouldn’t say it’s very lit, but there is a pretty big bar where people can order their drinks/food and at the same time watch sports on the big flat screens. I would say Union Grill is too much of a family go-to place for it to be anything else, which definitely isn’t a bad thing. The food’s good, the people are nice, and I think it’s a great place to go for any meal of the day.