Union Cantina, located in Southampton Village, is a great spot to unwind and warm up with their Saturday and Sunday brunch, which is served year round. My husband and I came for brunch on a Sunday just before noon. The quiet, relaxed atmosphere was just what we were looking for. We sat at a corner table just opposite the cozy bar and lounge. The restaurant’s menu is a unique blend of modern and traditional Mexican cuisine.
For brunch, popular menu items include the Mexican Pizza topped with black beans, heirloom tomatoes, black olives layered over a Mexican cheese blend, sour cream and pico de gallo ($15). From the Taco menu, the Baja Tacos are prepared with beer battered cod, with spicy mango slaw, picked radish, key lime aioli and avocado crema ($12). Another favorite, the Huevos Rancheros, is made with crispy corn tortillas, eggs over medium, pico de gallo, cheese blend, yucca home fries, sour cream, and fresh made guacamole.
To start, my husband had the Stella Artois ($7) and I had Mango Soda. I had the Rabbit Punch with my meal. The Rabbit Punch cocktail is a traditional rum punch made with Plantation Three Star rum and a floater of Bacardi pineapple rum or banana rum served on the rocks. All craft cocktails are $13. Another cocktail that caught my interested was the Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ka) Old Fashioned: Casamigos Reposado tequila, mezcal illegal, bitters, agave nectar on the rocks. Chips and homemade salsa were then brought to our table.
We started with the Chicken Empanadas (2): onions, garlic, chile spices, sweet corn, black beans, salsa vera cruz, sour cream ($12). The filling was generous and the temperature was just right. One opened during the frying process so our waitress was kind to bring us a third.
For our entrees, we had the Beef Short Rib Tacos (2): black bean & avocado relish, fresh tomatoes, mole cream ($12); and the Taco Salad: seasoned ground beef, baby greens, shredded mexican cheese blend, fresh avocado, heirloom tomatoes & shaved red onion ($15) with the addition of grilled shrimp. We also ordered a side of Fried Plantains ($5). Fried Plantains are my favorite as they remind me of my holidays in the Caribbean. The portions at Union Cantina were perfect. We were able to finish our plates without feeling stuffed at the end. Our favorite was the Beef Short Rib Tacos and would order those again in a heartbeat.
Additional side dishes include yucca fries, sweet corn, corn skillet, grilled asparagus, and black beans, to name a few that range from $3-$6.
As a way to finish our meal, we each had cappuccinos and relaxed at our table for almost an hour. It was a very pleasant way to spend our Sunday morning. Our waitress was excellent. Very friendly, personable, and prompt throughout our visit.
Spend New Year’s Eve at Union Cantina for their New Year’s Eve Fiesta! The Fiesta Package is $75 per person and includes a four hour top shelf open bar, passed hor d’oeuvres, a full dinner buffet, a coffee and dessert table, and more.
Gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, and dairy-free menu options are available and noted as such.
https://www.unioncantina.net // 631-377-3500