As I round up my game of catch up after disappearing during pregnancy – I am happy to let you all know, this girl finally got around to visiting Copper Common. Yes, it is true. I am once again, a living, breathing, Salt Lake City girl.
While my sister was in town a few weeks ago, we decided to head to dinner and drinks at Copper Common (located where Plum Alley used to be and owned by Copper Onion chef, Ryan Lowder). We were ready to order the whole menu and have a great night of catch up – which is pretty much what we did. Our party of 4 tasted the gamut of flavors Copper Common had to offer us, and everything was lovely. Dishes were familiar, but unique; rich, but not heavy. Some favorites stood out – but overall, nothing was a disappointment. Copper Common also boasts a great, dimly lit, hip atmosphere — cozy and even romantic. The service was also top notch.
Copper Common jumps in line with Salt Lake City’s love of artisan cocktails and offered up my sister the best Manhattan of her life. Really though, those words came out of her mouth – “this is the best Manhattan I have ever had.” Right here in Salt Lake, folks! It happened! We were also able to try the cocktail that was entered into Salt Lake Magazine’s Farm to Glass Cocktail Contest, The Bell Tower — a creative cocktail with bell pepper juice, aquavit, mint, and maple. If you love bell peppers, it would be right up your alley. I do not, but was still surprised by its refreshing effervescence. The Beehive cocktail also made it to our table and was a quick hit.
The food at Copper Common is generally meant to be shared and it changes seasonally. The menu is broken down into the following categories: Bar Snacks, Cold & Raw Plates, Small Plates, Larger Plates, and Sides. Pricing was very reasonable and food came out quickly. We started with Deviled Eggs, House Pickles, Avocado Toast, and Tots — all from the Bar Snacks at $4 – 8. The stand out dish for me were the Tots (they were the stuff food dreams are made of). Crispy on the outside and delectably creamy on the inside, these babies melt in your mouth. The aioli garnish also doesn’t hurt one little bit either. Maybe just order this dish for yourself – you won’t want to share. The Deviled Eggs were also a favorite – a dish that proves familiar doesn’t have to be boring. The Avocado Toast, however, was pretty basic (the avocado was lovely, but the bread left something to be desired). Alternatively, the pickles were awesome and packed a vinegary punch.
From the Small Plates menu we ordered the Shrimp Ceviche, Meatballs, and Lobster Spaghetti, ranging in price from $15 – 19. Each of these dishes were so rich and wonderful. The Ceviche might have been the table favorite, but the meatballs were also incredibly tender with the toasted pinenuts adding a smoky note of flavor. And who doesn’t love Lobster Spaghetti? I must say, that Copper Common didn’t skimp on the lobster. All four of us got in on some fresh and tender lobster meat, which was surprising for a small dish.
And don’t worry, we ordered the entire dessert menu ($5 – 7). By far, my favorite was the Flourless Chocolate Torte – it was rich, smooth, creamy – heavenly. The housemade ice cream was divine as well (one tart and one rich, complimenting each other). And, there wasn’t one cookie left from the cookie plate. We ate well, friends.
I was super bummed when Plum Alley closed its doors, but Copper Common fills the space amazingly well. Copper Common is great for date night, girls night, late night drinks, or ‘happy hour.’ You should even consider it for your next business lunch. There is something for everyone and you definitely feel as though you might be in a different city. But don’t worry, you are still in Salt Lake – my personal favorite city ever. If restaurants like Copper Common keep opening their doors, we won’t be able to keep this place such a great secret!
Note: Copper Common is a 21 and over establishment.
Find Copper Common at
111 East Broadway | Salt Lake City
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