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If you follow the Twitters, you'll notice that each week, some chef somewhere in this city sets his or her sights on brunch. And why not? We've already shown them we'll wait for hours just to eat what they're cooking. But, there's more to brunch than mimosas and benedicts. Consider what the kitchen's cooking up at Clyde Common. For the past few months, this happy hour and craft cocktail favorite has been quietly turning out sumptuous brunch plates like chicken-fried quails with waffles, house-stuffed lamb sausages with farro, fennel and olives, and a marinated beet salad, served with seared endive, dried pear, and savory—savory!—granola in a Humboldt Fog mousse. And it's all artfully presented—the food looks good, almost too good to eat. And it's deceptive too—you think you know what it's going to taste like, but you're wrong. And be glad that you're wrong, because the way each flavor mingles with the others makes every bite seem like its own fireworks display. There's only one problem—if you even consider it one—you never know what you're in for. The menu changes every week. But that "weakness" is also Clyde's strength. As we've noted, that first bite's gonna be a surprise anyway, so why worry about pancakes or breakfast burritos when you let go, give in, and dig in to something you'll truly never forget. Brunch is served from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday through Sunday.
Served only during specified hours, plan ahead to try Clyde Common’s grilled cheese and you’ll be rewarded with a delicious surprise. The seasonal offering frequently changes at the chef’s whim, but savory combinations can include mushroom and cheddar or tomato jam and feta. Grilled on the flattop, each selection is guaranteed to be vegetarian and sandwiched between two slices of a Pearl Bakery baguette. Available during happy hour (Monday to Friday from 3-6 p.m.) and late night (Monday to Saturday from 11 p.m. to close), fries or the ancho chili popcorn make a great side to go with your required $3 minimum beverage purchase. Follow up your afternoon (or midnight) snack with the daily cookie for dessert and you’ll complete the contemporary adult equivalent of a grade school lunch.