The Common Bond group, known for baked goods, has created a roomy, sports bar–like cafe named for the year the Heights neighborhood was founded more than 40 years ago. A full line-up of smash burgers and other rib-sticking fare like street tacos, huge sandwiches, and Korean fried cauliflower headline the varied American menu. We started with focaccia, goat cheese, and tomato confit, which had great flavors but was marred by burnt focaccia. A chopped grilled chicken salad saved the moment with crunchy cabbage, carrots, and peppers, plus avocado ranch dressing. Choosing from the large plates, we tried two. The hanger steak turned out to be rather fatty and came with butter-laden mashed potatoes and even-more-buttery green beans. Better was the pastrami-spiced short rib (with polenta and perfectly roasted carrots) and the grilled salmon (atop farro and kale with a Cajun-spiced cream sauce).
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Varied American fare in a sports bar-like cafe.