If you are looking for a new brunch spot, check out The Common.
Set on the first floor of the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center on the eastern side of campus at the University of Maryland, the restaurant opened in 2013 and offers American cuisine, a classic brunch and pub fare, craft beers and artisan spirits. There’s even a mini-Starbucks on site.
It’s newly decorated with ample natural lighting and there’s never really a wait for a table. The restaurant is spacious so there is a generous distance between tables and the staff are always quick to serve. And it’s a great place to take kids of any age.
While hotel restaurants aren’t typically associated with good food, The Common is on another level being part associated with the Marriott and part associated with the university. Before the new Hotel at the University of Maryland opened, this was where university administrators would often bring out-of-town academics to impress them.
On the weekends, the-all-you-can-eat-breakfast buffet, which ends at 12 p.m., includes fresh fruit, breakfast breads, granola, oatmeal and eggs, bacon, sausage and the usuals, and you an even have a chef make you a personalized omelette. And the chef uses herbs from the in-house garden. And the beer, wine and spirits are from local brewers, winters and distilleries. They even offer locally sourced ice cream.
But they don’t just offer breakfast and brunch on the weekends. Light fare, lunch and dinner are also offered. And the Common stays true to its roots, so you’ll find things on the dinner menu like Maryland Jumbo Lump Crab Cake and Crab Mac & Cheese
The restaurant’s motto is “Where Great Minds Gather” and the description on its website refers to it as “a dynamic academia-inspired casual pub.”
If the weather is favorable you can eat outside in their courtyard which has comfortble outdoor seating and umbrellas.