Sunday, November 27, 2016

Union Hill Kitchen - Chamblee Georgia

You can find Union Hill Kitchen at 5336 Peachtree Rd, Chamblee, GA 30341 just south of Chamblee City Hall. There's limited parking out front and to one side but I think you're better off parking in one of the many spaces that front the rows of shops along this corridor, known more for antique shops and unusual bits-and-bobs.

I was on my own one weekday and in the area and wanted to sample a restaurant that I hadn't yet tried - on my bucket list was a long-running comparison of burgers and where Union Hill Kitchen was listed as one worth trying. It was a beautiful day in March and seemed to be the perfect occasion, so I mosied on over - it was post-lunch so no crowd (there may have been one table in the back) on a Tuesday afternoon about 1:30. This restaurant has a small footprint with a few tables out front - if you're thinking about an evening visit you may want to call ahead - I can see Union Hill being quite busy, especially on the weekends.

The interior is done a bit upscale with a few industrial touches. The lunch menu contained more than I expected for the size of the restaurant and corresponding kitchen including Favorites, Salads, Lunch Burgers & Sandwiches, Chef's BIG plates for lunch and Sides. The obverse featured Champagne & Sparkling, White  Wines, Red Wines and a small section of Whisky & Spirits. I came here specifically for the burger so I stayed focused, but there were a few things that looked interesting including the Crab bites and Gunpowder Potatoes on the Favorites menu and the Maryland Crab Cakes and Portabella Ravioli on the BIG plates menu.

Once seated it took a while for someone to come by and take my order - it was just prior to the restaurant closing for lunch service at 2:30 so I'm guessing everyone was finishing up side-work. I ordered the Smokehouse Burger - crispy onion, smoked bacon, house BBQ sauce with a side of Handcut Fries.

The food took about 15 minutes or so so which I didn't expect - actually after it taking so long to get someone to take my order I expected it to take much longer so I was happy. The burger is a thick-cut burger instead of those twin patties popularized by Holeman-and-Finch - I do love that burger but it's rare than anyone can do those right (Grindhouse is the  best in my opinion after H&F but I digress). Point is, I think the single think patty is much better than the dual-singles (the dualies is more about thee melted cheese while the single think provides more of the taste of the meat itself and for me, it's the meat that's most important). This burger, in a word, is about perfect cooked a true medium-to-medium rare. The bacon super crisp and very smokey and the BBQ sauce obviously house made with plenty of smoke and bacon-flavor. The handcut fires were also perfectly crisp and delicious - I cleaned my plate!

In all I think the meal setting very nice and the burger exceptional. The service was good once I got someone to the table - luckily I wasn't in a hurry.

-- John

(Also posted to Yelp)
Union Hill Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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