What You'll Get
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
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Jun 22, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per table. Limit 3 per person. Not valid with other offers, including happy hour specials. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.