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Modesty is the best policy at Common House, and everything from the restaurant's name to its atmosphere to its free teddy bear hugs reflects it. Today’s deal lets you stretch its unobtrusive offerings further: $15 for $30 worth of casual Southern fare and drinks. Recently named “Best New Restaurant” by Creative Loafing, this Plaza Midwood restaurant and bar is a humble abode in a sea of hoity-toity.
Everything on the lunch menu is less than $10, including all appetizers, salads, and sandwiches. Southern inspirations like fried pickles ($5) and fried green tomatoes ($6) dot the ‘i’ in appetizer, while classics such as wings ($8) and spinach artichoke dip ($6) give the starting lineup some traditional flare. As rapping puppets often say, "With your stomach primed, it’s soup, salad, and sandwich time!" The soups ($3–$5) are of the day and the simple assortment of salads ($5–$6) helps keep tough decisions to a minimum. Or sink your teeth into a sandwich instead. Choices include the Elizabeth half-pound burger or grilled chicken sandwich (both $7 and served with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a toasted bun), or go with something more sandwich-y sounding like a classic Reuben ($8) or roasted chicken salad sandwich ($7).
The dinner bell rings at 4:30 p.m., and with it comes a menu that ranges from meatloaf to spaghetti carbonara ($12 each) to New York Strip ($19). Everything else falls between those price points, unless you’re feeding from the $5 kid’s menu (for kids under ten and hobbit boxers trying to make weight). No visit to Common House will technically have taken place in this reality without a few drinks. The bar is well stocked with moderately priced quaffables. Break out the good times without breaking the bank, which is to be expected at a place that feels a little like home and a lot like your richest friend's totally sweet finished basement.
Note: This Groupon cannot be combined with food and drink specials.
Creative Loafing recently named Common House “Best New Restaurant.” Its decision was based on the restaurant's modesty and quality:
- High-end, chef-driven restaurants with mega-dollar upfits have made way for the new economic reality: solid, satisfying neighborhood (and wallet) friendly comfort food. – Creative Loafing
A review in the Charlotte Observer gives the restaurant and bar three out of four stars:
- The bar, with detailed woodwork and pendant lighting, is nearly as long as the dining room and offers a better-than-usual beer list... Simple and homey, with just enough style to pay for. – Helen Schwab, Charlotte Observer
- Common House is quickly becoming my local. The place I can rely upon to deliver and the place I think of first to take a friend who is passing through town so that we can catch up. – Ryan B., Yelp
Common House is not to be confused with the common house, which is more of a taxonomical designation, i.e. "the common cold," or "the common misconception that hitting a penguin with your car is common." In fact, beyond common houses, there are uncommon houses and, indeed, very rare houses. Here is a guide to pinpointing them:
Common house: A common house has 1 - 2 floors (and bathrooms) and is largely composed of four outer walls, a front and back door and roof to keep out rain and lighter meteorites. A common house may contain a family or elderly couple.
Uncommon house: Identical to a common house upon first glance, but neighbors may gradually notice something amiss. The American flag mounted to the porch seems to be both homemade and almost imperceptibly inaccurate, while the six-foot-high fence installed by the new owners conceals the source of, but does little to muffle, the constant sound of shoveling.
Rare house: A rare house is often covered with brown vines that appear to grow even in death. The surrounding temperature is consistently two degrees cooler, and dogs on leashes will refuse to pass, offering cryptic warnings in a near-human tongue. If set alight, a rare house will burn and burn, but never burn down, generating paperwork and concern amongst local real estate developers and clergy.
Very Rare Mint-Condition House: Still in original packaging and features first appearance of Spider-man nemesis The Chameleon.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires May 25, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Gratuity & tax not included. No cash back. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.