About Steven & Miller Union:
As co-owner and Executive Chef of Miller Union in Atlanta, Steven is pretty much in constant motion and never really stops. He says “I wake up and I go to bed working…”
His shared restaurant concept, Miller Union, is all about “simple, sustainable, farmstead inspired cooking…” Oh, and let's not leave out the Southern! The name comes from stockyards that existed at their location in the late 1800’s. The old cinderblock warehouse, where they are housed, was built between the 1940’s or 1950’s, after the old stockyards were burned to the ground during the 1920’s. Now, nestled peacefully inside, is the rustic, slightly industrial and very charming restaurant, Miller Union. Here, guests have the pleasure of seeing old photos of the stockyards that were there years prior, as a reminder of what was.
From the moment you walk into the restaurant you are graced with high ceilings, concrete floors, weathered wood and tall westward-facing windows that emit colorful rays and beautiful sunsets, right into the bar area. There’s a central hallway dividing the restaurant’s abundance of rooms, Steven says “the whole idea was to invite people into our home and we have several rooms to choose from…” he likes the idea of a more comfortable, intimate dining experience.”
Miller’s Union incorporates as many fresh fruits and vegetables as they can into their menu. Their seasonal menu does change frequently; however there are some trademark dishes that have similar items year-round. One popular favorite is the baked farm egg topped with a celery-infused cream that’s served over grilled bread; Steven says “it’s a really rustic dish, but people really love it…” He styles all of the food and says that for him it’s about “the way the vegetables are cut, or how they are tossed together” adding, “it’s meant to look desirable and delicious, like you want to stick your fork in it and eat it.”
When Steven is able to break away from the restaurant, where he is typically experimenting with recipes for his practice, he enjoys frequenting other nearby restaurants and occasionally getting outdoors for some healthy exercise such as cycling.
He has a “fondness for music” for old-school stuff he likes: Sonic Youth, Blonde Redhead, or Radiohead and for newer choices he opts for Empire of the Sun, Tame Impala, or Crystal Castles.