Commonwealth Restaurant and Market. And I found out that when you enter the address for the restaurant into Mapquest, Mapquest will tell you it can't find any such place. And as someone who is terrible with directions and is always getting lost that is a little disturbing. But I did manage to find the place. At first glance it seems very long and to have a lot of doors. So I picked one and walked into what must have been the market part in the name. I didn't explore but it did seem to have a lot of wine.
There is a lot of wide open space, which I like because I often feel crowded in restaurants and I felt I had a lot of room here. And there were a lot of windows so there was a lot of light. The whole place was sort of rustic. There were pallets on the walls, exposed rafters, wood plank tables. But I didn't feel like I was in a barn or in a craft project. Is there such a thing as modern rustic? That's the feel I got.
The complimentary bread was more a biscuit than a bread. (That is not a complaint, just an observation.) And came in a cute little pot. For an appetizer I got the grilled octopus with white bean hummus. It was good. But it was a little more charred than I prefer. I know people like it and actually try to achieve it but it is not my favorite flavor. But the thicker end of the tentacle, where there was more meat, was nice and tender.
For the entree I got the flanken short ribs. I had never heard of that before so I Googled it. It has to do with the way they are cut. I think. Anyway, it turns out they look more like a chop of some kind than a rib of any sort. Once again there was a little more char than I would have liked but it still tasted great. And sometimes you would get that perfect bite with the fat that melts in your mouth and makes everything taste wonderful.
My waiter was friendly (and cute, not that that matters of course.) He explained the menu and made suggestions (subtle ones, not pushy ones) all of which I would have found helpful if I hadn't gone in knowing exactly what I wanted already. He also made me feel like he found it a pleasure to serve me. I always like when a restaurant makes me feel like they are glad I came by. And he did. He even shook my hand on my way out like I had done him a personal favor by eating there.
The regular menu is a la cart so all the sides are ordered separately. Which I feels lends itself better to being shared. And I do think it would be a great place for groups. I just don't think that on a non dine out week time I would go alone. I'll have to find someone to drag there with me. Or several someones. Because going back is not an unpleasant thought.
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