Mike Smith, The Common Table's Newish Chef, Is Reshaping a Once-Doomed Menu

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"Good Beer, Uncommonly Poor Food." The headline did not leave a lot to be desired when Hanna Raskin penned a scathing review of the gastro pub last summer. Browning lettuce in salads and greasy stringy pork crowned a menu described as ranging from unpleasant to horrific.

Owner Corey Pond undoubtedly read the review. This March he hired Mike Smith, and tasked him with bringing the menu up to the same level as the beer selection, which has been universally lauded.

Smith previously ran kitchens at Thomas Avenue Beverage Company and 2900 (since closed). A job cooking at McKesson Pharmaceutical called to him with the arrival of his first child, but while Smith loved the hours, serving breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday, he hated the environment.

"There was no room for creativity," he told me. He jumped on the opportunity to rehash the Common Table's food.

"There were some good ideas but there was really bad execution," Smith said, pointing to a lack of kitchen management. "There was no cross utilization of ingredients." Smith completely reworked the menu while focusing on kitchen dynamics and getting his staff to work together like a team.

Smith says he's most impressed with his chicken and dumplings dish. I've tried the deviled eggs and a handful of sandwiches and found them all to be fairly well executed.

While I haven't had enough experience with Smith's cooking to issue a re-review, it's apparent that what's being offered now at the Common Table isn't at as lousy as it was when Hanna reviewed it. If you're a hop head who was previously turned off by terrible food, the new menu warrants a second look.

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Chuck G.
Chuck G.

That sounds hilarious Jill. What are your thoughts regarding the NBA lockout?

Jill
Jill

I heard there is going to be a drunk clown at Common Table tonight. Great excuse to go try the new menu!

Steve
Steve

Can we PLEASE get back to the original topic here???

God almighty, Scott is trying to lay down some truthscience about a gastro-pub.

Scott, I noticed your take on the "bad execution" of menu items, and I think that begs the obvious question:  How will Romo possibly survive the double-axe-attack of Ndamukong Suh and Kyle Vanden Bosch, much less survive the Lions' offensive onslaught?  And do they bake their pita in-house?

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

This article implies that people ACTUALLY take any credibility in these reviews.......ya'll think WAY too highly of yourselves.  In your minds, ya'll are stars-not the food.  Boooooooo!  I can only imagine sitting across the table from one of you all, as you borishly talk about "mememememememmememmeme", then more "me", "I'm great", "foodie"....blah blah blah blah.  Within minutes I'd stab myself in the temple with a salad fork. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Who the hell goes out and PAYS for grilled cheese, overpriced at that.  holy shit!  And about the only thing hanna could do well was bitch about her allergies and dallas in general

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Hmmm...chicken and dumplings, deviled eggs and a handful of sandwiches...if'n that's what passes for big time cooking in Dallas..I'll continue to stay on my side of Westoplex.

Sounds like Sunday at Grandma's...except with a few extra helpings of douchiness. 

How tough is it to execute an effing sammich? Amiright?

McDoom
McDoom

I don't think you guys should be referencing any of Hanna's reviews, scathing or glowing, since she couldn't taste a GD thing while she was here because of her allergies.

Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad

>A job cooking at McKesson Pharmaceutical...

Walter White?

Matt H
Matt H

Hopefully, he's reprised the chicken and dumplings TABC used to have.  They were awesome.  I'd wondered why they've not been nearly as good the last few years.  I was at TABC just last week discussing with someone how much better their food used to be.  TABC really misses his touch.

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

looking at their menu, I don't see where the Common comes into play. Is that the reworked menu or the menu that's under the gun? Happy hour that ends at 6pm, mmmm. Is there valet parking? Onsite detailing? 

Amy
Amy

I go here all the time!  The hummus is wonderful!  The grilled cheese has pork on it.. delicious!  The spicy shrimp wrap is my usual, as is the Big Shrooms, if you're a sucker for goat cheese.  Just wish the prices were a LITTLE lower since I'm a neighborhood "regular".

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

I think we can all agree that deviled egg farts are the worst. In all seriousness though, this is actually a place I've heard of and dined in. Not bad.

foodbitch
foodbitch

I'm interested to try Common Table again. I wanted to like their food so much before, now maybe I can.

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Welp Jill, I'm drunk and have been called a clown..I'll bite, what color is your undergarments? Ifn you're wearing any.

therrick
therrick

You're right. but yet there are so many shitty sandwiches out there.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Smith confirmed there were serious problems with the kitchen. I trust Hanna's original take, but with a new chef the Common Table is an entirely new experience.

MoronDog
MoronDog

It sure does.  Do you agree with moving Colby back in the playoff rotation?

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Smith told me it's an updated version of that same dish. Let us know if you try it.

Chuck G.
Chuck G.

Hi Amy---nice take on the shrooms. How would you grade Matt Harrison's performance this season?

MoronDog
MoronDog

Goat cheese is terrific.  Do you think Wash is going to play Napoli everyday in the postseason?

MoronDog
MoronDog

I know what you mean.  Do you think Kevin Ogletree is even a 5th WR on most NFL rosters?

McDoom
McDoom

Noted. Thanks for replying Scott. Do you think the Rangers should do everything they can to get Colby starts on the road because he pitches like shit at RBiA?

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

LOL - you guys are pishers, for sure... Wow, all three of you "invaded" another forum from the same basic blog. Where is the sport in that? This is all you have??? Sheeeeiiittt, I've seen more and done better than this when I was using Mosiac. It's weak. One day, when you're ready, I'll tell you about the time my buddies and I invaded The Knot, or bimmerforums.But you are correct...,it's not a circle jerk, it's more like mutual masturbation, done by local yokel trolls with no higher aspirations than torturing all 30 people who read City of Ate regularly. BFD. It's like tagging your own garage wall, on the inside

Davy Crockett
Davy Crockett

That sounds like a dish I wouldn't order.

*lines Jon Daniel up in Old Besty's crosshairs...*

You're walking a fine line there Jon. Those who frequented the Sportatorium (RIP) have decided to invade this blog. It's best if you just sit back, STFU and enjoy.

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

whatever, and your twitter feed is worse than your comments here, enjoy your day sir.  glad you enjoy wasting your time trolling

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

"circle jerk "

is this some new type of masturbation hand trick I need to learn for my man

Sybils_Beaver
Sybils_Beaver

you dont know trolls then....becasue does a troll stick around for 3 years?  Does a troll have people who actually agree with him, sir, we are not trolls, we are p1's of this here rag, and we are not going anywhere, if you dont like what we say, please dont read the comments.  And if you truly knew a troll, wouldn't you know the best way to rid yourself of a troll is to not feed it.  mkaythoughtso

Jon Daniel
Jon Daniel

SBR, I served with good trollers, I knew good trollers, Good troller was a friend of mine. SBR, you're no good troller

Sturms_Bloody_Rectum
Sturms_Bloody_Rectum

Offsides. Ten mile penalty, you have to go and eat somewhere outside the loop.

Fluffer.

MoronDog
MoronDog

Yeah that guy is so insensitive. Are you saying "pow"?

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