For some reason I've managed to live in North Cambridge for 4 years without ever eating at Cambridge Common. Beers and shows? Sure! Meals? Somehow I just never got around to trying it, although I love casual pub fare.
Friday I decided to try it out for lunch, and I liked it so much that I went back again for dinner. (Well, I was going back for a show anyway, so it was an easy/lazy choice.)
For lunch we split several items - the egg salad sandwich, the turkey gobbler, calamari, and tater tots. The egg salad was quite tasty with avocado slices and toasted multigrain bread. The turkey gobbler was also excellent. I'm usually skeptical of foccacia sandwiches because I dislike the heaviness of it, but their foccacia was light and non-greasy. The tots were an excellent guilty pleasure and the calamari was adequate. (I'm iffy about calamari to begin with...)
For dinner we again split some entrees - the southern fried chicken and the steak tips. I'm not a big fan of steak tips but they were fine. No complaints. The fried chicken, I was disappointed to find out, was actually boneless chicken breasts with breading. It was tasty, but I went in expecting the full-on fried chicken experience, bones and all. Anyway, I adjusted, and the chicken was pretty good with accompanying mashed potatoes and biscuits and gravy.
Overall I'd say that their dinner / entree choices are a bit on the heavy side, but the sandwiches and appetizers are top notch. I keep dreaming about the egg salad and tater tots! My mother would be so proud!