Beacon at the Not So Common(s) Hotel

With all the Light Rail construction on Washington Avenue, you may have missed the rennovation that was done on the former Radisson University Hotel.  While the hotel had gone through “rennovation” before, the before and after were not drastic enough to make an impression.

So when I found out the Noble House took over, it did picque my interest (I used to stay at Edgewater Hotel, a Noble House property in Seattle, Washington).  They turned the rather forgettable hotel into the geeky chic  Commons Hotel.

Aside from the decor, the hotel’s new restaurant, Beacon Public House, is a drastic change from the previous restaurant with a fresher, gastropub menu.

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During a recent lunch, I started with a Caprese Salad, which was nicely dressed (with a fun presentation).

Caprese Salad at Beacon Public House at Commons Hotel

The lobster bisque was creamy and had a nice hit of spice. (** note that the lobster bisque is a meal size portion)

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My main course, Carbonara, was a little too creamy to be thought of as true Italian, but I liked the presentation of the egg (to coat the pasta and vegetables) and the crunch of the pea pods.

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But the star of the lunch was the very yummy apple tartlet.  The crust is made of croissant and the tartlet is drizzled with caramel and served with cinnamon ice cream.  Yum!

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Beacon Public House
Commons Hotel
615 Washington Avenue SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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