We waited more than a month before trying Georgia’s Union, the restaurant that replaced the restaurant that replaced neighborhood gem Joe Allen.
We still miss Joe Allen at 1787 Purdy Ave. Great service, good food, neighborhood atmosphere; we know many in the Belle Isle – Sunset Harbour – Venetian Islands area who made it a regular stop. It closed in May, 2011.
Two months later, Morgan’s opened in the space. Morgan’s in Miami was a big hit, and folks in our neighborhood hoped the Miami Beach edition would hit the same mark. It held promise, but over time, we found a cross between Morgan’s and Joe Allen, with no real identity, just a little less of everything — service, consistency, quality.
In May, the folks at Morgan’s closed up shop and retooled. It reopened as Georgia’s Union in June. The result is a new, Southern (and organic) menu, a redesigned interior and — we think, success!
It bills itself as an organic soul food kitchen. It has a great bar, with reasonable drink prices and some Southern specialties by the pitcher. The menu ranges from Cornish Hen to oxtail, with sides like black-eyed peas and smoked tomato and okra stew. The buckwheat muffins wowed us.
Service was attentive and our waiter had great command of the menu — and possible options.
It’s closed on Mondays, and on Sunday, it’s brunch/lunch only, closing at 4. Tuesday-Thursday is 6 – midnight, Friday and Saturday nights it stays open til 1 a.m.