*DISCLAIMER*: I do not seek monetary benefits from neither The Commoner nor Hotel Monaco nor Kimpton. I am just a Pittsburgh foodie, who enjoys sharing her foodie adventure with others. Photos captured with my iPhone 5s; edited in Instagram and Adobe Photoshop CS4 Extended.
FINALLY, after the restaurant opened in December 2014 (and the eatPGH ladies RAVED about it in a blog post review that they wrote), I had dinner at The Commoner (nestled away in downtown Pittsburgh’s business district, inside Hotel Monaco) with one of my best friends from college!
Pictured above is my beverage du nuit: The “Pennsylvania” Negroni! Ever since Bourdain ordered a Negroni on the Rome Layover episode, I’ve been wanted to try one of these bad boys. Let me tell you: I am so glad that I did! This is one tasty (but strong) cocktail! Yum YUM YUM!
Course #1: Crispy Brussel Sprouts! These were one of the highlights of dinner! Move over regular Brussel Sprouts- the crispy ones win! You almost forget that you are eating a vegetable. These were absolutely DIVINE, and almost as good as the crispy brussels sprout dim sum at Grit & Grace!
As Bourdain would say: “BEAUTIFUL”!
Main Course: Broccoli Wood-Fired Flatbread! best. Flatbread. EVER! Soooooooo tasty and healthy! My friend took a bite or two, but I easily (and happily) demolished this monster flatbread all by myself. 😀
I loved all of the vibrant colors of the vegetables on the flatbread! This made me REALLY want to dive in, and consume the flatbread!
The piece de resistance: Sticky Toffee Pudding! I’ve had sticky toffee pudding from Gordon Ramsay’s Pub & Grill, and Habitat (both highly-regarded restaurants), but THIS sticky toffee pudding surpassed them all! You MUST (MUST, I say) order this (whether you’re going for brunch or dinner) at The Commoner. You will not regret it (trust me); make sure to bring a dinner companion to help you polish off this beauty. 😉
Well, there you have it, folks! The Commoner has moved up high on the list of Pittsburgh restaurants I would recommend! Whether you’re either a yinzer, or a tourist from out of town, you MUST dine at The Commoner at the Hotel Monaco!
Three Cheers to good food, fabulous art & cultural events,
-Friendly Pittsburgh Foodie