by John de Dios
So after all that talk of Union Public House, I was excited to check it out for lunch. I mean, the one menu item that screamed at me was the Pork Belly. Who doesn't like pork belly? When prepared properly, it is melts-in-your-mouth delicious. And it was! The house-made pretzel bread was also a great complement to the dish.
BUT for $9, the serving was a bit small - two 2-ounce pieces served with veggies and some toasted bread pieces.
For lunch, we ordered the chicken and waffles and soft shell crab sandwich (which I had) with a side of tots. Both were mixed bags.
When the chicken and waffles came, the dishes (Josh and Chen ordered the same thing) looked enormous. But once you cut into the chicken, it was almost an immediate disappointment with how much batter was on the chicken. The meat was tender and juicy, but the consistency was off. The waffles were thin and soggy from the butter. There wasn't much of the bacon-induced syrup either.
My plate was an instant disappointment. The soft shell crab BLT was a lot of BLT with very little crab. The flavor was also all BLT and the soggy bread was more noticeable than what I expected should've been more crunchy soft shell crab.
At the end of the meal, I was full, but not satisfied. I think the style of food is sort of comparable to Pasco Kitchen on University. If I had to choose, I'd most likely go with Pasco the next time around and skip Union Public House.