677 Parsons Ave.
Columbus, OH 43206
Columbus is a city on the grow and as it becomes ever-more complex, so do its tastes. With a modern, vegetarian-focused menu that’s constantly changing with the seasons, Commune is an answer to the increasingly socially and health-conscious diner. In a few months in operation it’s already gained a following for the uniqueness. The Midwest is hungry for these creative takes on good, healthy food.
The menu rotates seasonally based on what kinds of vegetables and other produce are in season, and usually the menu is based on ingredients from Ohio-centric diners. Some of the things worth trying:
- Sweet Potato Porta: One of the wintertime dishes, this sandwich is stuffed with greens, a pesto to add a little dimension and horseradish. Thick like a torta sandwich, but you don’t even miss the meat.
- Crispy Fried Rice: A crunchy pan-fried rice decorated with a bit of gochujang, a spicy Korean red bean paste. This is built to evoke a very popular dish that hails from that country, bibimbap, with avocado on top in lieu of eggs and plenty of seasoning again to replace the typical bulgogi topping. Which it accomplishes swimmingly.
- Charred Broccoli: An appetizer that doesn’t go seasonal like some of the other main dishes. Pickled onion, raisin and yuzu aioli top the roasted trees. This one is built to share and definitely recommend doing so.
- Mixed Nuts: Another year-round app, this one has a few different kinds of nuts rubbed with a berbere spice. Served comfortably warm.
- Teas: There are a few of these worth mentioning, and while the selection shifts a few times, I recommend getting a pot for each person, which makes it hard to skip.
The restaurant is a very peaceful place to try during the day, which is wonderful, but I also suggest that if you’re coming during a mealtime that you make a reservation; the restaurant is usually pretty full at peak hours and the cocktail menu attracts a whole new clientele.
The South Side has historically been one of Columbus’ most challenged neighborhoods, but it’s nice to see new places spring up that help that area see new life. This is certainly one of them, and one that offers something very different. Know when to come in depending on what kind of experience you have at the place, but don’t be afraid to make it a place you plan to linger for a while. There’s plenty of reason to stick around.
- This is a good place for off-peak dining because it’s a peaceful, tea-room feel when it’s less busy. When it fills up though, that can change.
- The menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season so you always have a reason to come back.
- Cocktails are good in the evening.