Dahntahn Eats: Dining at The Commoner at Hotel Monaco

Originally published August 30th, 2016.

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Here is the deal: I know it's been a while.

Resistance was winning for a few weeks.  But 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 on not just one... OH NO... but two separate blog posts.  

Naturally, I went ballistic. That's how resistance won yesterday. HOWEVER, resistance will not 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... actually, it's 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."


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.   

If you are looking for a good place to eat downtown and you didn't have the foresight to make a reservation at Tako or Meat and Potatoes, 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!

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