In our nation's infancy, settlers fought each other over the limited edible resources, like sedimentary rocks and lightning. It took James Monroe's invention of agriculture to turn America from a land of petty to a distinctly non-British land of plenty. Commune with your fellow humans over life-giving hoppy nectars and gastronomic delights with today's Groupon. For $15, you'll get $30 worth of bar snacks, brunch, and brews at CommonWealth, the people's gastropub in Columbia Heights. Chef Jamie Leeds of Hank's Oyster Bar has designed a menu that features local produce, grass-fed beef, and sustainable seafood. Prepared to pair perfectly with CommonWealth's rich stouts and refreshing ales, these culinary creations make CommonWealth a destination for foodies and fermentophiles alike to bond over golden beer-battered treats.
CommonWealth slings American microbrews (which become regular-sized once they're exposed to oxygen in your glass) and top quality UK beers until the wee weekend hours. The beer-centric menu offers rich and delicious snacks, so you can get a good base going to build upon with copious pints, single malt scotches, Irish whiskeys, and the bourbons of the masses. Order a few snacks to make a meal, or share a few plates with friends when you get the Friday midnight munchies. Order from the kitchen until 11 p.m. most nights and until 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Customers rave about the beer-friendly Scotch eggs (farm eggs wrapped in pork sausage, fried, and served with a trio of sauces, $7). Supplement your fried fetish with smooth smoked salmon on toast (with whipped white beans and watercress, $7) and a bucket of hand-cut Brit chips ($5), or ride the playground of pork belly sliders (on mini challah buns with cucumbers, $8). If you aren't much of a snacker, the grass-fed beef burger (10 oz. on a brioche roll with hand-cut chips, $11) does not contain any actual grass but does deliver a dizzying and juicy first bite. For dinner, try the vegetable tikka masala ($14) or a helping of beer-braised chicken and ricotta dumplings ($15).
When the weather warms up, head out to CommonWealth's relaxing patio for friendly toasts, late-night star-gazing, or mouth-watering Sunday brunch. Try the butcher breakfast of pork belly, sweetbreads, country ham, tomatoes, and poached eggs ($15) or the London Broil with scrambled eggs ($12) for something savory. The sweet baked pancake (with apple-currant compote and creme fraiche, $9) is a delightful complement to a brunch mimosa.
DC Magazine, Daily Candy, Gayot, Metromix, The Washington Post, and the Onion recommend CommonWealth, be it for brunch or Sunday dinner. Trip Advisors give the pub a 3.5 rating, while Menuism reviewers give it a 4.8.
- The wine and beer list is as long as the food menu... London broil is excellent; the beef is tender and well-flavored...A "simply grilled fish with parsley sauce" was a delicious piece of very fresh bluefish served on a bed of silky cauliflower puree in a puddle of excellent parsley sauce, a lovely combination of flavors... – Corinna Lothar, Washington Times
- CommonWealth's ambiance is trendy and comfy-chic, meaning you can hang around and drink yourself under the table with your buddies, or pick a quieter spot and indulge in fine dining... It won’t just be a neighborhood eatery; it’ll be a serious destination for foodies. – Tara Taghizadeh, Metromix
1400 Irving St Nw
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