Being a fan of Eleven, I was particularly excited to check out chef Derek Stevens’ new Downtown restaurant, Union Standard. I got the chance this weekend when I was having a little Downtown staycation. Upon entry, you are greeted with a beautiful mural, with a mid-century vibe which sets the tone for the simple, but lovely decor of the multi-level restaurant. The menu sticks to the simple, elegant vibe of the space. I started my meal with a half-dozen oysters on the half shell. Given my choice of about 6 varieties, I asked for a mixture, chosen by the chef. They were among some of the best oysters I’ve had in Pittsburgh; it was the perfect start to my meal.
The menu has an excellent selection of small plates, as well as hearty entrees. I decided to stick with some small plates and had phenomenal roasted beets; the preparation was excellent and accompanying the beats, I had a roasted onion spatzle. There simply wasn’t a single bite that I didn’t enjoy. I’m already looking forward to my next visit…especially to check out a rather tempting lamb dish! Currently they are open for dinner only but will be doing lunch and brunch service in the near future.
By Leigh White, PDP Vice President of Marketing & Communications