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Weekend eats at Union and Redbone's (long)

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Weekend eats at Union and Redbone's (long)

heathermb | Feb 27, 2006 12:45 PM

Saturday dinner at Union. Three of us walked in at 9PM with no reservation. We were seated (at a bar high-top table) by 9:45 or so.

My BF and I shared the following:

Vidalia Onion Soup - an interesting take on French Onion soup. The traditional crouton was replaced with black-pepper brioche topped with swiss cheese.The flavors were delicious. My only critique would be that this wasn't really a bowl of soup. Almost all the liquid was soaked into the bread, so it was more of a bowl of soupy bread and cheese (which isn't necessarily a bad thing!). Our DC had this as well and enjoyed it.

6 malpeque oysters. Not something I'd normally order when not at a seafood restaurant and next time I think I'd pass. Not bad at all, just not outstanding and one of the oysters seemed to have been thrashed in the opening and probably should have been left off the plate.

Duck confit and potato gnocchi. Perfect gnocchi - light, airy, and delicious. The duck was tasty but oversalted.

Reuben sandwich - not your traditional reuben. Given my very strong feelings on this subject I was disappointed - the quality of the corned beef is not close to what I can get in Brookline, which I should have thought of when ordering it. Next time I'll get the beef/andouille burger, which I LOVE!

Our DC had the rack of lamb for her entree and really loved it, especially the accompanying fig sauce.

None of us had room for dessert, but we all left happy and full! Next time I'll somehow save room for the banana cream pie - it sounds delicous!

Redbone's last night - food was mostly delicious, but the service was disappointing and a little slow. We were not offered the specials and only heard about them by eavesdropping when another server was reciting them to a nearby table.

My sister had the fried catfish sandwich and loved it. I had the pulled pork sandwich which was good once my sauce selections arrived (our server apparently forgot these and we had to wait and finally flag down another waiter to request them). Brother had the pulled-chicken sandwich and devoured it. French fries were heavenly as usual.

Our other disappointment was in ordering rootbeer that we thought came from Harpoon (according to the beverage menu) but what we were given was IBC.

It was a good meal, but Blue Ribbon is far better in my opionion - if only BR served beer.

I'd love other suggestions for great BBQ in the area.

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