I heard about Clutch Prime Sausagery from Chris Angelus of Right at the Fork. The first outpost opened in the Cedar Mill area at Timberland Town Center on Barnes Rd., and it sounds like one is planned for the Portland airport area. I had to find food while waiting on a relative’s day surgery at St. Vincent Medical Center, so I jaunted over to give it a try.
These are not standard sausages. They are “craft sausages from thoughtfully sourced ingredients.” It’s not just a meat sausage with toppings in a bun, there are elements of each dish inside the sausage, plus it is dressed with further elements that come together for delicious dishes.
I tried the Pad Thai Chicken sausage. It was made of chicken but included spicy peanut sauce, thai chili sauce, hot mustard, cilantro and peanuts. It cost $10, which is the average price other than a $7 hot dog. You order when you enter the bright white restaurant and the friendly server is happy to explain the concept.
I was a little surprised when it arrived in just a couple of minutes and it seemed fairly small for a $10 sausage, appearing to be maybe a quarter pound sausage. It didn’t come with any chips or other sides. Then I took a bite and kind of swooned. Wow, big flavor throughout the bite. The sausage was full of a dance of different flavors, which combined with the toppings. OK, this not-so-big sausage was going to make a great meal experience! I savored every bite and was satisfied. I have vowed to return.
Their other listed combinations were nacho, pizza, cheeseburger, cheddar IPA, hot smoked rib, hot chicken wing, and duck. They also have three salads which sound wonderful: Shaved brussels, shaved kale, and albacore tuna.
I hope they find a good audience from the surrounding condos and apartments. I’m thinking a lot of young professionals live in strolling distance and may help Clutch be a hit. I’m looking forward to their airport location as that will be much closer to the ‘Couv. They are open daily from 11:30 am – 8 pm.