Union Saloon is my new happy place. The cozy Wallingford spot has a horseshoe-shaped bar where you can have a full meal or just nurse a $3 Coors draft while munching kettle corn. There are two-tops for date night and booths roomy enough for six. Though custom-clad in dark sapele wood that mimics the richness of mahogany, the place isn’t fancy, but it’s no dive bar either.
Late on a Sunday afternoon, I sat at the handsome horseshoe-shaped bar that anchors Union Saloon, Wallingford's newest neighborhood bar. With its heavy wooden door, antique objects, oversize booths, shiplap walls, and exposed wood-beam ceiling, the space evokes nostalgia for the taverns of the Wild West, the creaky hulls of grand ships.
If you’ve been to Delancey in the past few months and wondered where that omnipresent, efficient-yet-friendly manager has been, here’s the scoop: Michelle Magidow has opened her own place—in quietly cheery Wallingford, where restaurants abound, but typically not ones batted around in conversation among foodies.
At the corner pub Union Saloon, The Doobie Brothers exhort you to listen to the music, the bar man entices with $6 cocktails, and this shorts-and-sandals evening comes with the promise that the sun won’t set till 9.
Wallingford’s new Union Saloon is flying criminally under the radar. The convivial combination of neighborhood watering hole and high-brow comfort food restaurant is the first solo venture for Michelle Magidow, who previously put in time at Salumi, Harvest Vine, Lark, and Delancey.
Michelle Magidow, veteran of some of Seattle’s most celebrated restaurants, has struck out on her own with Union Saloon, a fun, casual spot nestled among the bungalows of Wallingford, with a horseshoe bar, eight craft beers on tap, wines both delicious and affordable, and a full menu of re-envisioned comfort food.
Union Saloon opens in Wallingford with newcomer Blake King who worked in the kitchen at Boka in Chicago. The menu ($12-$18) ranges from braised pork cheeks on an open-face sandwich to fried chicken thighs.
Opening last month on Wallingford Avenue a few blocks from Gas Works Park, Union Saloon is already bringing smiles to its neighbors, thankful for a friendly new spot on a fairly restaurant-and-bar-barren stretch. I moseyed in recently and here are my first impressions.
Those of us living in south Wallingford now have another dining option with the opening on Wednesday (May 10) of the Union Saloon — across from Cantinetta on Wallingford Ave. I’d been watching the renovations over the past several months wondering what was going on at that location, and on a recent Friday night, my wife and I popped in for dinner.