This place is the real deal. Love at first try with the funky artsy environmentalist feel. An extensive, comfortable, candlelit outdoor seating area adds to the warm and fuzzy atmosphere (potentially due to the number of enticing drink concoctions we felt compelled to try).
Immediately upon entering, college bar aroma invades the nostrils; do NOT be deterred. The food and drinks are sophisticated, super fresh and quite remarkable. They use as many of their own organically grown ingredients with exception to the ingredients they can’t grow fast enough, for which they outsource to local organic farmers. We each ordered salads that had many delicious herbs, veggies, and crisp leafy variations whose freshness could not be mistaken. My palate was left with a satisfying tingly buzz from fresh spicy ingredients without having added any dressing. I would nominate these for some of the best quality salads in the city. Our main courses were outstanding; the fish a light, evenly distributed crisp on the outside with a perfectly textured moist and flakey inside. The vegetables, though cooked, still had the crunch of freshness approval. I could have done without some of the unnecessary greasiness, as usual. The caramelized onion cream sauce, although we had it on the side, caused us to basically lick the dish. The duck was very tender and tasty and the goat cheese spread beneath the veggies was an absolutely wondrous compilation. Mmm. We had to pass on half price bottles of wine Wednesday since there were so many other intriguing options. The Skrumpy’s Apple Cider Brew was 22 oz. of blissful dessert beer. The house made Uncommon Bloody Mary had a nice spice and balanced bloody taste. The sangria was good and the basil infused bourbon was very smooth although the basil flavor wasn’t very prominent. All the other infused liquors tasted like rubbing alcohol and I wouldn’t recommend them. Uncommon Ground also has live music leaving yet another reason to return.