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Union Smith Cafe (formerly Sonny's)

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Does anyone know the scoop on this place? What is the relation with Sonny's and is the food better? At Sonny's, in my opinion, everything was "off," so I am very curious how the place is now. Thanks!

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  1. New owner/chef and definitely better than Sonny's (where most things were indeed a bit "off"). Granted to food at Union Smith will not change your life, but it's a solid casual place for basically any meal of the day. Some good sandwiches and salads as well as lots of brunch options.

    1. Same owner, but new chef who is very involved. I like the chicken paillard (sp?) and the lobster roll.

      1. For an unpretentious, 3 meals kinda casual place, its quality. The food is freah, portions are fair and prices are right. Good burgers and salads, nice brunch, too.

        Good when you don't want a "dining exp[erience" but want better than a diner or take out.

        1. For an equally unpretentious, economical, 3-meal place, head a few blocks north on Smith to Luluc -- I find the food and vibe vastly superior to Union Smith (which is admittedly vastly superior to Sonny's). One thing Union Smith does have, though, that Luluc doesn't, is live, outdoor music (bluegrassy stuff)on Sunday mornings in the summer.

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          1. re: cgchow

            You know maybe i'll get it another chance one day, but we had a terrible meal at Luluc the time my husband and I went. The waitress suggested a white zinfindel when I asked what white wines they offered by the glass. One entree was entirely wrong (ordered steak soft shell tacos which were on special and it came out as steak frites). The steak frites was crowded out by french fries which covered 90% of the plate. My fish dish came toppled over which wouldnt have been so bad if the waitress didnt feel the need to point it out to me as she set it down and then bizarrely left me with it and walked away. None of the food was better than average. The staff all looked like they were sleep walking. Granted it was a warm afternoon in the summer but still ;) Far too many french bistros on Smith to return after that experience.

          2. Sorry to hear about that, Nehna. I've only had really good experiences at Luluc at the countless times I've been. I'm hoping that perhaps it was just a bad night. Love the burger, the salads, and the fries. And the pancakes are terrific -- so good they can stand alone without butter or syrup. That said, they've been recently relegated to 2nd place on my Smith Street pancakes list -- Chestnut now wears the crown.