Heads up, Tucson Foodies!
A new sheriff is in town.
Okay, so not a new sheriff but a new restaurant from the folks at Prep & Pastry and if last night’s friends and family dinner was any indication of what is to come, we are all in for a treat.
Located in the former space of The Abbey, Commoner & Co. offers delightful takes on soulful dishes with a decidedly modern American influence.
Chef Ginny Wooters is in the kitchen so you know the food is going to be fun and flavorful.
One such fun plate is the Animal Crackers, not cookies, but chicharonnes of duck and pork.They’re served with a lemon aioli and chimichurri sauce. Sorry no photos.
She’s also making Fried Green Tomatoes. Can you believe it? Fried Green Tomatoes in Tucson? Wooters tops hers with house made ricotta and prosciutto di Parma. As tasty as they are pretty.
The house pasta changes nightly. The handmade fettuccini with lemon, tomatoes, prosciutto and peas was as light as pasta could possibly be.
The short ribs are slow-roasted with a caramel sauce (a little sweet, a little savory) and served with a huge hunk of bone marrow bread pudding and a mess of baby greens. Practically perfect in every way, especially the portion and price.
Desserts are few but intense. The strawberry rhubarb tart kicked butt and was big enough for two or three.
Wines are plentiful, interesting and served on tap. Cocktails, as they are at P&P, are fab.
But what struck us most was the vibe. Young, of course, but not so much that old folks like us felt out of place. Vibrant, friendly, happy….the list goes on. Service was top notch. People looked like they were having a good time at work.
I can’t wait to go back to Commoner & Co.