Union: Local 613 has been a restaurant that I have been wanting to try since it’s opening just over a year ago!
This is one of the only restaurants in Ottawa that does Southern cookin’ with a Canadian twist and let me tell you, it’s a wonderful mix with a whole lotta bourbon!
My colleague and I headed over there for lunch and we couldn’t believe how wonderful the service was. There were 3 front of the house staff members and they worked seamlessly together. It was a breath of fresh air as I have been finding service standards in general lately have been lacking at a few places. But not this place! Right on point! We weren’t even there 5 minutes and we already had our drinks.
We ordered the Bourbon raspberry lemonade which was a perfect combination of tart and tangy. We also ordered the Hibiscus rum punch. Both were wonderfully refreshing and maybe have gone down a little too easily.
If you’re looking for harder things, they do offer 12 bourbons, 10 whiskeys and a huge variety of wine.
Next up was the boiled peanuts! Having visited the back country in the south, these were familiar to me and it was a joy to see them come out! Totally awesome.
We shared a lunch entree of fried green tomatoes. They plated it on separate plates splitting it up for us. We each received two tomatoes and a nice serving of ham. The tang of the pimento cheese with the roasted corn and peppers was spectacular. It is a must try!
For my actual lunch entree, I chose the spicy catfish po’boy. The fish was beautifully cooked and it was moist and juicy. Perfect to cut through the zip of the sauce. The bacon added an extra smokiness to the sandwich which was delightful.
My colleague kept ruminating for over a week about fried chicken and we couldn’t wait to try it. It seems like they marinated the chicken in creole seasoning and then coated with the buttermilk. It added an extra depth of flavor that we weren’t expecting! My colleagues tip: a little honey drizzled on top melds with the creole spices for a delicious treat!
We couldn’t leave without trying dessert! A fried bumbleberry hand pie! Super tasty! I used to get different flavours of fried hand pies on the side of the road in the south. If you haven’t tried one, it’s a must!