The word "fashion" means many things - it means style, trends, crazes, and new/bold concepts. That is why for this most recent post I am exploring one of the newest restaurants in the area - Commonwealth (11 Broad Canal Way) in Kendall Square in Cambridge.
My family has been in the fine dining restaurant business for over 30 years - so I know a thing or two about the biz. When I first walked into Commonwealth I was blown away - there in front of me was a cute little market. It was so refreshing and completely unexpected to find a company that was so invested in local and seasonal, that they created a mini-grocery store.
Everything inside is very rustic looking - something that is often emulated, but not always achieved - until now. You feel like you are inside of a barn from the wood palette walls to the old-timey string lighting and the mason jars on the tables. I kept looking outside in confusion -- forgetting that yes we were in an area that is mostly offices, but growing rapidly into a real-deal neighborhood. I used to work a block away on first street, and in the 10 years since I have been there - wow! restaurants and other great retail are growing leaps and bounds - and Commonwealth is no exception.
Oh yeah.. and for the food...
It was spot on. Simple, understated, and well done. We had fantastic corn bread to start - one of my ultimate favorties! Then we moved on to the $1 oysters (available 10am-7pm) which both my fiancee and I couldn't slurp down fast enough! Then came the main course - he go the '18 Wheeler' which is the ultimate man meal -- 3 Eggs, Bacon, Pastrami, Duck Fat Homefries, Toast! He even had enough meat leftover for a sandwich the next day! He was in heaven! And I of course (trying to be good) got the quiche - Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Feta, A Salad with Avocado! It was served over a roasted red pepper paste that packed a serious flavor punch! I will say I wish they had more vegetarian options, but what I did have was superb.
Commonwealth describes themselves best by saying...
We are a restaurant-market hybrid fulfilling community needs while providing a great dining experience.
The restaurant and market selections evolve as seasons change. We feature local produce, New England cheeses, farm fresh eggs and dairy, house-made specialties, daily meal selections and all things delicious.
At Commonwealth we make solid honest food prepared from the very best local ingredients. Our philosophy is to create an experience that is reminiscent of Sunday dinners in a relaxed and casual environment. Everything has a story here—from our Masse Hardware sign to the Belgium school chairs you sit on. Not only do we want to share these stories with you, we invite you to become a part of them.
This spot is a big win! They are a foodie haven and I wish them much success. I keep mulling it over in my mind what this spot reminds me of -- and nothing compares. It is fantastic and unique! And -- a huge plus is that everyone who works there was warm, nice and the right amount of attentiveness. That's rare!
Try Commonwealth, and you won't be dissappointed!