I recently visited the Common Man with my wife for dinner. I have been there many times with family and friends and have always found it to be a good value. The atmosphere and decor are excellent, set in a very old restored post-and-beam barn, but the service and the quality of the food have been slipping lately. My wife ordered a "King Salmon" special, which the waitress stated was "flown in fresh from Alaska" and I ordered a tofu vegetable stir-fry. I asked about brown rice but it was not available. We also ordered a bottle of wine and a flat-bread appetizer. The waitress came back out with a trainee to serve our wine. Perhaps the Common Man could have taught this server how to open wine for the first time before putting her out in front of a customer. I coached her as she opened the wine and explained the basics. The average customer may not be so understanding. When our meals came, we were underwhelmed. My tofu stir fry was acceptable but uninspired; the vegetables were somewhat overcooked, the seasoning was bland and the rice pilaf tasted like it came from a mix. My wife's "King Salmon" special was a big disappointment. Several chunks of salmon served on a bed of pasta that was saturated with olive oil. Now here is the real issue: the salmon was farm-raised, not King Salmon from Alaska. I know the difference and I was shocked that the CM would substitute farmed salmon for this special. It is for this reason I am rating them only two stars. Shame on the CM for falsely describing the salmon.
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