New Restaurant Alert: Common Grounds

April 3rd, 2007

(Originally Posted on The Brooklyn Record):

Common Grounds, a new coffee house in Bed-Stuy, opened in early March as the latest addition to the burgeoning Tompkins Avenue strip. I first heard about it when the owner of Ibo Landing, a block away, insisted that we go over and check it out. It was a chilly Sunday afternoon, and patrons in their church clothes warmed up with coffee, relaxing on the couches in the back to a soundtrack of gospel music.
When we walked in, the first thing we noticed was the aroma of freshly made Belgian waffles wafting through the air. The waffles are served hot off the griddle with crisp edges and a soft, fluffy middle. Common Grounds also serves panini sandwiches, soups, salads and pastries, but clearly the main attraction is the waffles, which come topped with maple syrup and butter, honey and walnuts, or fresh fruit. Personally, I’m waiting for the homemade ice cream, which will be available in coming weeks.

Also coming soon is a large outdoor seating area in the backyard, which should be ready by the summer.
Common Grounds is definitely a work in progress. As of last week, food was still served in aluminum trays and the folks behind the counter were still figuring out where everything was, so service was a little slow. Given how friendly and open the atmosphere is, it’s definitely worth the wait while they work on the finishing touches.
376 Tomkins Avenue, Bed-Stuy; (718) 484-4368.
-clay williams
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