The Union Woodshop in Clarkston

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Recently, I’ve visited two pretty great barbeque places here in southeastern Michigan – Slow’s a few weeks ago, and the Union Woodshop last week. The funny thing about this is that, to be perfectly honest, I’m not really a fan of barbeque. I am, however, somewhat of a lemming when it comes to good restaurants; if I keep hearing that a place is cool, I’ll probably go there eventually. And while trendiness might have brought me to both Slow’s and the Woodshop, I have to say that after visiting each, I might just be coming around a bit on the whole barbeque thing. Maybe.

Anyway, I was home for spring break last week, and the Woodshop is located near my hometown. Apparently, the Woodshop is a favorite of Kid Rock’s, who is just about one of the only celebrities who lives here in Michigan. And while I never thought I’d type this sentence, let it be said: Kid Rock has pretty good taste (in food, at least) (but not in political candidates, oh snap). The Union Woodshop is delicious.

We arrived about ten minutes before the restaurant opened, which was a good choice – there was already a small crowd of people by the door. In a town with little in the way of gourmet restaurants (or restaurants period), the Woodshop is a pretty popular spot and I gather it’s not uncommon for there to be a bit of a wait.

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We started with fried pickles which, if you ask me, are always a good choice. They also came with a very tasty dipping sauce:

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For my entree, I got the pulled pork with sides of mac ‘n cheese, whipped sweet potatoes, and cornbread. The pork was phenomenal, and I especially loved it topped with their Asian-style NYC Sauce. The sides were also good, though I have to give the edge to Slow’s when it comes to mac ‘n cheese.

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For dessert, I had the Maple Bourbon Sundae with house-made liquid nitrogen vanilla ice cream. The maple syrup sauce was delicious! Also pictured here is the chocolate mousse topped with fried cinamon sugar tortilla strips, which wasn’t my dessert but was yummy as well (I snuck a bite, of course):

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All in all, I highly recommend the Union Woodshop. If you happen to be in lovely northern Oakland County (and why wouldn’t you be?), check it out!

The Details: Union Woodshop | 18 S. Main St., Clarkston, MI 48346 | 248.625.5660

(Visiting the Union Woodshop was number 16 on my 27 for 27 List)

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2 thoughts on “The Union Woodshop in Clarkston

  1. I was in the Auburn Hills/Pontiac area this weekend and I sure wish I’d made the trip over to Union Woodshop instead of the crappy Alfoccino restaurant I ended up at! Next time I’m in Oakland County I’ll get over to UW.

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