Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Uncommon Ground

Location: 3800 N Clark
Cost: About $25 per person

This post is Part 2/2 of my Lakeview night out with Dr. and Mrs. Dave Jahangir and my friend Renee. After splitting a bunch of beers, chips, fries, a burger, and a gyro at Indie Burger, we took a medium length trek up the road. Now it might be hard to believe, but I'm on a huge delay with these posts. This meal took place in late January, but because I like to space out my posts over three days, this is just how it worked out. It might be in the 40's right now, but it was freezing cold that night. Nonetheless, we walked, and when we finally made it to Uncommon Ground, we'd re-worked up an appetite.

Logistics
Uncommon Ground is a pretty big space on Clark with a whole variety of seating options. You can pull up to the bar or right by the fireplace, but the table they'd reserved for us was against the windows (which could've been better insulated). Dave and I did the right thing and sat in the cooler seats. The reservation came in very handy by the way, and I suggest you make one. In somewhat reverse fashion, we ordered a bunch of appetizers and smaller entrees for our meal which all ran around $10-$15.

The Food
We started with the Fried Avocado Taco, the Pumpkin Ravioli, and the Seasonal Pizza. The fried avocado in the taco was interesting, but I was hoping for more of a crunch. I was worried since avocados can be plenty bland, but the spicy chipotle aioli took care of that. The tortilla was really dry though. The ravioli was sweet had some hazelnuts for textural variability. The sage butter cream sauce was a bit excessive, bordering on soup vs. sauce. The seasonal pizza had chicken sausage, red peppers, spinach, and cheddar. The crust was very soggy under the weight of the ingredients, but the cheese had this pungent unctuous flavor.

The Pumpkin Ravioli

 The Seasonal Pizza

 The Fried Avocado Taco

For dessert we had the Bread Pudding. It had blueberries and a goat cheese gelato. The flavors were new and different for me, but the body of the bread pudding was a little tough. Still, we wolfed it down and practically licked the plate.

The Bread Pudding

Overall
Uncommon Ground has the fresh, local vibe going for it, and it's definitely vegetarian friendly (great for Renee). I liked but wasn't in like with all of my dishes. I'd go back to try more meaty options. For now, I"m giving them 3 out of 5 Pearls.


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