Stitch and Bear

A long-running Irish blog with reviews of the best restaurants in Dublin and throughout Ireland. Some wine and cocktails thrown in for good measure!

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Commonwealth Gastropub, Washington D.C.

I was on the hunt for a netbook while on holidays in the States. The receptionist at Hotel Rouge was kind enough to list some electrical stores for me, and as a result we ended up heading to 3100 14th Street. As it turns out, I didn't find anything suitable but we did stop for lunch at the newly-opened Commonwealth Gastropub on Irving Street.

Commonwealth is an attempt to bring the British Gastropub to Washington D.C. The owners, who are the people behind the famous Hank's Oyster Bar on Dupont Circle, are keen to create a gathering place in Columbia Heights where people can relax and nourish themselves with "farm-to-table" food.

It was quiet when we entered but the pace gradually picked up as the clock ticked towards lunchtime. Our server, Karim, was attentive and full of suggestions for excursions when he realised that we were visiting Washington D.C. for the first time. We got some fresh crusty beard with butter and piccalilli to munch on while we waited for our food. Commonwealth offers a nice, short lunch menu with attractive options. We went for a seared beef salad with blue cheese dressing and a homemade burger. We also treated ourselves to some beer and a glass of wine from their extensive and interesting drinks menu.

The food was excellent. It was simple, tasty and excellently executed and really represented good value for money. We made an exit into the cold wet day outside, but now before we had a discussion about football and American football with Karim. Good luck to those Redskins Karim!

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