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After seeing a play in Boston, last night, we thought we'd stop somewhere for a drink and a small bite to eat. I remembered a friend recommending Common Ground, so we stopped there. It was nearly 11 pm, and we thought we'd be able to get a drink and dessert, which would have been fine. However the friendly staff greeted us and handed us menus (food and full bar), which read "all items available until 11:30 PM"! Could this be A-Town?!! I couldn't get past the tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich, which sounded just perfect with the gentle snow falling and the fierce wind blowing outside. When the waitperson told us that the soup was home made, that settled it.
While we waited, we looked around us. There are many beers on tap, inventive cocktails with house-made infusions available. Even at this late hour, there were about 10 people seated at the bar, watching the 3 TVs, and a large, happy group seated near the front. We asked to be seated somewhere where the music wasn't too loud, and we were told in a friendly and reassuring way that it would be turned down a bit. We were led to a booth on the other side of a divider between the bar area and most of the tables. We could see the tops of the TVs: enough to see if something exciting happened, but masked enough so that they were not a distraction. LOVE IT!
We were greeted with a genuine smile by every person who worked there, including the manager who came by to check that we were happy. A big chalk board in the back indicated all the beers available that night, as well as info about flights, and about Common Grounds' opening for weekend brunch. We asked to see that menu, which arrived with our food and drinks.
The soup was a small, delicious cup of spice-flecked, lovely textured tomato soup. The sandwich was perfectly toasted, with just enough of two kinds of cheese to be gooey and warming, yet not overly rich. Since it was late, I planned to eat just half the sandwich, but that other half called to me, and we wound up eating the whole thing. For $8, it was just right! My husband had ordered the deviled eggs ($4), which were topped with house-cured, thick-cut bacon.
We can't wait to go back to try some of the other yummy-sounding options on the menus. I think we've found our neighborhood "go-to" place for when we're hungry, don't want to cook, and don't know what we feel like eating. We may ned to go to brunch this weekend! Everything about the place feels comfy, friendly and home-made. Folks on the Arlington List have been asking for a place that's open late, and has a great choice of beer on tap. It may not feel like a British pub, but it sure feels like an A-Town version! Try it--you'll like it!