Recently I had the opportunity to try the southern fare at Union Public House located at 309 S. Reus Street, downtown Pensacola near the Wahoos Stadium. My best friend and her husband had been hearing great things about the restaurant so we decided to check it out. We arrived at 4:30 Saturday evening and were presented with a “cold” menu and informed that the “warm” menu wouldn’t be available until 5:00. We decided to get started with some specialty cocktails and the Beef Fillet Carpaccio, Fried Capers, Shaved Parmesan, Garlic Aioli, Parm, Pickled Cipollini ($12).
The Beef Fillet Carpaccio was outstanding and the fried capers were crunchy little bites of heaven. I chose the Dark & Stormy cocktail special ($5), which was reminiscent of a Long Island Iced Tea, and it was so delicious that I had another. My friend greatly enjoyed her French 75 and her husband raved about his Julep Cocktail.
It didn’t take long for our meals to arrive after we were presented with a dinner menu and they were all well worth waiting for. I ordered the Swordfish with Southern Vegetables, Fingerling Potatoes and Bacon ($26) and although I wouldn’t have complained if there were more of them, the bacon bits were simply the best I’ve ever tasted and really set off this dish. The Prosciutto Wrapped and Seared Tuna, Warm Potato, Romaine and Zucchini Salad, Tapenade Vinaigrette ($27) shown above was also outstanding and is what I plan to order on my next visit.
The decor is modern industrial with a few interesting touches like a mounted deer head over the bar and an exposed foam insulation ceiling that’s been painted black. My favorite feature was the “You Are Beautiful” sign over the sink in the ladies bathroom where you’d expect to find a mirror. The atmosphere was nice and the service was excellent so I’ll definitely be going back and I’d love to see you there! Check out the Union Public House menu here for more drool worthy dishes.