While the pointed patio of Clutch and Twisted Spoke
's motorcycling skeleton don't quite aim right at each other, there's certainly an acknowledgment to be made of the two automotive-themed burger spots that occupy the Ogden and Grand intersection.
Clutch's repurposed auto shop makes for a unique layout, with different levels and the oddly shaped patio creating nooks and crannies for parties to hide in. The tunes don't settle for background decor, with artists like Sonic Youth and other rockers keeping things lively. And of course, the four taps (PBR, Point, Bell's and Beamish) are all served from a repurposed antique gas pump.
The menu stays small and focused – while one can get a Humming Along (hummus plate, $6.50) or a Candy Apple Salad ($7.50) for your veggie friends, Clutch is decidedly focused on meat apps and meat meals. The skewed skewers (chicken or veggies with shallot salsa or lime cilantro jalapeno sauce) go for $7.50, but after that even the other salads have meat (the Souped Up Steak Salad clocks in at $9).
The pride of the menu, or at least what most people will be leaning over to point out to their friends, is the Clutcheasy Burger, a 1/3-pound burger with a half-pound of cheese (I'll let you do the math real quick). The cheese spills out and makes a fine topping for the accompanying fries, and the menu even claims it's steamed under a hubcap – all for $8.50.
No less daunting to your dietician is the Clutch Dog, a deep-fried hot dog that goes for six bucks.
They don't serve dessert, but if you're still hungry after eating one of these artery-busters, you might have bigger problems.
Average cost: <$10
Centerstage Reviewer: Dan Morgridge