Portland, Oregon: Clyde Common
Words by Joanna Han Photographs by Michael A. Muller
Eat well and drink well at European-style tavern Clyde Common.
Situated on Stark Street in the heart of Portland’s West End neighborhood, Clyde Common is a new Portland classic. Brought together by their love for food, spirits, wine and shared experience, owners Nate Tilden and Matt Piacentini collaborated to open their dream restaurant in 2007.
“They were excited about the rare opportunity that the location presented—not only is it in the original Clyde Hotel space downtown, where the broadest mix of Portland locals and visitors overlap, but being within the Ace building provided an additional level of innovative collaboration,” says manager Claire Bensen. “Clyde Common’s communal dining tables were some of the city’s first.”
The menu of European-style fare includes Chef Chris DiMinno’s popular popcorn with truffle oil, grana padano, and black pepper; raw baby vegetables with their greens, tarragon vinaigrette and malted hazelnuts; and squid ink fideos with scallops, sausage, and squid. The restaurant is also widely known for its excellent drinks. “Our bar manager Jeffrey Morgenthaler has received international acclaim for his barrel-aged cocktails, most notably his Negroni, but other variations include a Manhattan and El Presidente.”
Although in-house butchery and utilization of whole animals has always been central to the Clyde menu, the restaurant generally offers one vegetarian entrée, several smaller vegetarian plates and gluten-free options. An excellent brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays, and happy hour is from three to six daily.
1014 SW Stark Street