Here is the deal - I know it has been a while. Resistance was winning for a few weeks. Then, yesterday, I had enough. I stood up to resistance and said, "NO MORE! I HAVE THINGS TO TALK ABOUT!"
Resistance responded by deleting all my unsaved work a few sentences prior to completion not just once... OH NO... but on two separate occasions. So, naturally, I went ballistic and drank half a bottle of wine. That is how resistance won another day.
HOWEVER, I refuse to let resistance win today. Today I had lunch at the Commoner downtown. Google describes the Commoner as an "American tavern in cool digs." Aptly put, Google.
The Commoner is attached to the very trendy Hotel Monaco - a Kimpton hotel which opened in early 2015. Normally, I have a distrust for restaurants attached to a hotel... I naively assume that if a business's priority is being a hotel, why would they put a lot of effort into their dining options? As I said, this is naive of me... actually it is just flat out dumb... and the Commoner (like so many hotel/restaurants before it) proved me wrong.
Between the decor, service, and delicious food, the Commoner joins the ranks of other trendy downtown eateries like Meat and Potatoes, Tako, or the Butcher and the Rye in terms of solid food in a chic atmosphere.
The main advantage of the Commoner vs. the aforementioned? Space. The Commoner is easily double the size of any of the above restaurants.
Like I said before, I am going to have to side with google when describing the gist of this restuarant - it is an "American tavern in cool digs."
That being said, you're going to served some delicious twists on some of your favorite comfort food - mussels with chorizo, pork belly mac&cheese, and lamb burger with whipped goat cheese, just to name a few.
So, if you are looking for a good place to eat downtown and you didn't have the foresight (several weeks ago) to make a reservation at Tako or Meat and Potatoes, know you can get comparable experience at the Commoner.
Last note - the adjacent Strawberry Way is the Pittsburgh Downtown Paternship's newest public art project. Be sure to take a look!