Sunday Brunch at Clyde Common
This post is in collaboration with Travel Portland
We have been attending brunch at Clyde Common for a few years. It’s one of those local mainstays for us that never seem to fail when it comes to serving up spectacular, elevated fare that is also homey and soulful. Thanks to our friends at Travel Portland, we were able to have a brunch on them and explore a new level to their menu. Clyde Common is located off of Southwest Stark Street and 10th Avenue and exists as the resident restaurant to the Ace Hotel. It’s a perfect brunch spot, because after the meal is finished, you can stop in to Stumptown Coffee for an after brunch latte, which is just on the other-side of the hotel. Not only that, but it’s just across the street from Union Way, a curated alley of shops that are a must visit while in town.
Clyde Common doesn’t just do brunch, but also lunch, dinner and they have an incredible, award winning bar serving up some of the best mixed drinks and cocktails in all of Portland. When we sat down to brunch I had to get a Caesar, a combo of vodka, clamato, hot-sauce and worcestershire sauce served with a shot of micro-brew and a couple of plump olives. It’s a perfect hangover remedy, take my word for it.
After ordering our drinks we ended getting a show with our meal. Right outside the window, a guy was sitting in his car at the curb minding his own business, when a shirtless miscreant jumped in the passenger side and attempted to coerce the driver to leave. The driver popped the guy in the face a couple times (do not recommend), a group of guys who were chatting outside The Ace rushed over to help and the unwelcomed passenger jumped out of the car with a bloody nose and gash on his head. We’re guessing he was on the run from something because several police cars showed up as he was exiting the vehicle and they proceeded to block the street and call the miscreant to give up. He stopped, knelt down, put his hands over his head and as the police officers began to walk over to cuff him, he ran for it. What a show! Shortly after, they brought him back, sat him on the curb, read him his rights, and cleared the street. It didn’t even seem real! We were definitely feeling thankful for the community we live in: one where strangers come to your aid and police officers serve the people.
After the dust settled, we decided it was finally time to order and try to get back to a relaxing Sunday. I ordered the bread pudding french toast, with brown butter lemon curd, poppy seeds, and lavender, while Jade selected the halibut omelette which had green almonds, brown butter, grilled chimichurri plus toast. The french toast was not your run of the mill stuffed french toast, but more of a thick texas cut, cinnamon roll style bread with drizzled lemon curd folding into all the right places and just a dusting of powdered sugar. The omelette was probably the most well put together omelette I’ve ever had. It was cooked to the perfect texture. I’ll never know how they get the eggs so flat, so not burnt, and so fluffy all at the same time. The contents of the omelette were tender and seasoned well. Our whole experience at Clyde Common ended up being just what we needed.