The premiere branch of Good Union Urban BBQ has opened in Richardson, at the CityLine mixed-use project, where it is making waves with its brisket sandwiches and, of all things, tacos.
Good Union is a sibling to Bone Daddy's, the chain that advertises itself as the place for "BBQ, beer, and smokin' hot women." But unlike Bone Daddy's, the service style at Good Union is fast-casual, so it'll be less about the smokin' hot women and more about the BBQ and beer. Pitmaster is Mike Leatherwood, and president Tom Beaman describes the decor as more of an urban feel, something that would feel at home in Sundance Square or Dallas.
The menu includes brisket, pork, sausage, ham, turkey, and ribs, plus something you don't see at every other barbecue place: eight specialty tacos using the meats from the pit. There are tacos with pork, chicken, peppered turkey, and brisket. There are sandwiches on buns, and larger sandwiches called "stackers." There is also old-school meat by the pound.
Sides include smoked beans, cole slaw, and potato salad. Meat is smoked in an in-house wood fire pit.
A patio faces the central plaza; CityLine will host live music and events. A full-service bar offers 10 Texan beers on tap and cocktails made with Texas distilled spirits. A daily happy hour from 3-7 pm includes $1 off all draught beers and wells. One supposes that $1 off is better than nothing.
Other recently opened dining options at CityLine include Nestlé Toll House Café by Chip, Top Pot Doughnuts, Red Mango, Starbucks, and Tom+Chee. Coming later this year: Whole Foods Market, Bite City Grill, Coal Vines, Edoko Sushi and Robata, Fernando's, Jasper's, and Tricky Fish.
Jessica Robertson, Cityline director of marketing, says that they're thrilled to be Good Union Urban BBQ's first location.
"We think their concept will be a great fit for the surrounding community," she says. "With several other restaurants opening in the next few months and our upcoming spring music series, the project is really coming together, and we will have even more announcements as it continues to grow."