Boston Restaurant Blog -- March, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
We went over to the Common Ground in Allston a couple of weeks back after hearing that their pub food was better than average. Well, it turned out that our meals were indeed very good, and while it was anything but fine dining, I could see myself making some more trips to this place in the future.
The Common Ground looks like the type of place that should have a stale beer smell coming from the tables and floors, and cigarette smoke hovering below the ceiling (and maybe it did before the no-smoking rules took effect). Now this might not sound appealing to many, but it has a sort of simple charm in my eyes, as so many bars and pubs these days try to make themselves look upscale and sophisticated. The single room is square, dark, and musty, with a bar area on the left and some tables for dining on the right. We grabbed a table near a TV and ordered a couple of beers and an appetizer (a decent plate of Asian potstickers to start our meal off. The beer list is excellent at the Common Ground, with Brooklyn Double Chocolate Stout and Chimay (perhaps my favorite beer of all time) helping lead the way. While sipping on my Chimay, I noticed that the music in the background sounded like it was coming right out of my MP3 player, and we were soon humming along to Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains.
After sipping our beers and listening to some tunes, we finally ordered a couple of entrees that I had heard a lot about--the Irish pizza and the chargrilled burger. The Irish pizza was extremely tasty but probably had more calories than everything else on the menu combined. It was a not-quite deep-dish pizza that consisted of cheddar cheese, mashed potatoes, bacon, and scallions. I ate about half before feeling very sleepy, so I had the rest wrapped up. The burger was juicy, cooked perfectly, and had enough fat content to give it a nice flavor. It was not quite up to the level of the best burgers in Boston, but it really was quite nice.
I was too full for another beer (or a dessert), so we soon grabbed the check and hit the road. On a related note, the rest of the Irish pizza ended up being almost too much for me to eat for dinner a couple of nights later; I could have easily gotten three meals out of it. I'm not sure my body could take another Irish pizza anytime soon, but I would definitely head back to the Common Ground in the near future to sample more of their excellent beers, enjoy their decent pub grub, and sing along to the music that I grew up with.
If you would like the address for the Common Ground, here it is: Common Ground, 83 Harvard Avenue, Allston, MA 02134. The phone number is (617) 783-2071.
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