Barbara Gibbs Ostmann
By Barbara Ostmann
Hmm, what to order? It’s always a dilemma at Junie Moon Café in Union. Should you go with one of their two best salads—the Tip Top with house-made blue cheese dressing or the Almond Spinach with raspberry vinaigrette? Maybe you should opt for a tasty sandwich such as the Egg Salad BLT, or choose a comforting bowl of French onion soup. How about one of the daily specials or the dozens of other items on the menu? One thing’s for sure: there’s no shortage of things on the menu. There’s something to try each and every visit.
If you’re looking for crisp and refreshing, Junie Moon is the place. Opened in 2005, Junie Moon first made its name with an extensive salad menu, sixteen distinct choices currently, plus the size and freshness of the offerings. A combination of grilled chicken, mixed greens, mandarin oranges, apples, grapes, dried cranberries, pecans, and mozzarella cheese, the eponymous Junie Moon Salad is a best seller. All the salads are served with freshly baked French or honey wheat bread, too.
Aside from salads, there is more to love. A big menu of appetizers, wraps, sandwiches, soups, specialties, and desserts keeps customers returning. In fact, after seven years in a small spot, the cafe moved to a larger venue.
The American Grill sandwich, the pepper pot soup, and the housemade potato chips are among the most popular items.
“We slice and cook close to five hundred pounds of potatoes a week for chips,” says Steve Hipes, co-owner with his wife, Chris.
Generous portions fill you up, but offerings such as chocolate caramel crunch cake make dessert hard to deny.