Times are weird. We are in the middle of a pandemic and local businesses are pulling out all the stops to stay open here in Savannah. Sometimes, it takes rebranding.
You may or may not have noticed a name change to one of my favorite spots on Broughton street, The Broughton Common. They have officially changed their name to The Common Public House. They have been open since October of last year, so about 10 months. Being so new, it makes it easier to rebrand and change the name. My view, good move. In the words of their social media manager, Mickey, These restaurants, like children, are always evolving and growing into who they are. The restaurant was always being referred to ask the common anyway, so it seemed like a good time to change the name, especially now that things in Savannah are open following the COVID19 pandemic. Adding public house to the end, draws more attention to this business, giving it a more trendy name.
The common had an updated dinner menu with some old favorites and a lot of new dishes that are awesome. The duck and waffles returns, as well as the bruschetta burrata.
we started the evening with drinks, as is customary. The common offers beautiful drinks and they pour em strong.
Featured here is The Parrot, which is on the brunch menu. It is Dark rum, pineapple, lime, banana, demerara, and peychaud’s bitters. Behind it is the bad and boozy: Navy strength rum, pineapple rum, dry curaçao, Demerara, & Havana bitters.
After grabbing our drinks, we went upstairs to try the new menu items.
Featured are the duck and waffles. This is STILL my favorite item on the menu and continues to be one of my favorite dishes in Savannah. The flavors are just so complex and blend well together. Also, we have the house smoked wings, loaded pub fries, chicken skins, and bruschetta burrata.
I didn’t know how I’d feel about the chicken skins BUT they are amazing. We all know you can’t go wrong with burrata so I love ordering this item. The loaded pub fries I’m legit addicted to. I’ll eat the whole skillet by myself. And wings are one of my biggest weaknesses and their jalapeño ranch is fantastic. The wings are tossed fried to perfection and tossed in a gochujang sauce.
I think one of my favorite things on the menu is the seafood pesto Mac. It is Shrimp & seared scallop mac & cheese sautéed in a pesto cheese sauce with capers, grape tomatoes, sliced garlic, and topped with roasted garlic chili oil, shaved parmesan cheese, and fresh basil. I couldn’t stop eating this dish, it was fantastic. The pesto and cheese blended so well together and the scallops were perfectly seared. The pasta was tender and the whole thing came together in harmony. I recommend this dish if you’re a seafood and pasta lover, which I am.
Another favorite of mine was the lobster white gumbo. Lobster, blue crab, andouille sausage, & okra white gumbo, over cheese stone ground grits. For the longest time I just… didn’t like grits. It’s something about the consistency for me. Since moving to Savannah I’ve grown more accustomed to them, since they’re actually made well. These are no exception and I freaking loved the cheese grits. And you can never go wrong with lobster honestly. I’d order this again. And I rarely pick the grits dish on any menu.
looking for tacos? No problem, The common has you covered on that too. They offer two types on their menu, the braised short rib tacos and smoked chicken tacos. They are both excellent choices!
I cannot stress enough how amazing this chicken and waffles is. It isn’t your ordinary chicken and waffles. It is Southern fried chicken, sweet chili Belgian waffle, mushroom sawmill gravy, & Maple bourbon syrup. Yum yum yum. The Common, just like it’s sister restaurant, ordinary pub, consistently takes favorite dishes and puts their own unique twists on them, giving you food that you can’t get at any restaurant in Savannah. Honestly this should be on the brunch menu too. It’s bomb.
Finally, for all you looking to eat on the lighter side, The Common has options for you too. The first dish is The salmon and mash. The salmon melts in your mouth and the potatoes are creamy. The second dish is the Olive and Goat Cheese Salad. Fresh Kachina greens, & arugula, with Goat cheese & olive spread on Le Cafe Gourmet baguettes, with Kalamata olive vinaigrette. I’m not a huge salad person but I am a huge baguette person, so I got on board with this one. Goat cheese + bread = my heaven.
one last thing, The Blind Sus is a bar owned by The Common. It is upstairs and you can get there through the door next to the restaurant. They specialize in pizza and wings. Listen to me: THE PIZZA IS AMAZING! I had both the buffalo cauliflower pizza and a meat pizza made with Gouda. The crust is butter crust and perfectly crispy. I started eating it when COVID first hit and I still love it.
I am a huge supporter of The common And The Blind Sus. I have been since the Common opened in September. I highly recommend it to all my friends and those traveling from out of town. It’s unique and different, so bring an open mind because the food really is fantastic.