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Foodies Favorite Finds: Clyde Common Carlo Lamagna

Monday, March 30, 2015

 

Reel M Inn

Division Street's Reel M Inn

Portland and the surrounding region is a food lover's paradise. But with so many different places to choose to eat, drink and be merry at, some of the coolest places don't get the spotlight they deserve. GoLocalPDX has asked local food luminaries to share their favorite off-the-beaten-track dining hot spots. Clyde Common Executive Chef Carlo Lamagna's favorite place for fried chicken is the one and only Reel M Inn in Southeast Portland. 

Lamagna was born in the Philippines, and lived in Canada and Michigan until he was a teenager when he returned to the Philippines. Starting out as a psychology major in college, it wasn’t long until he discovered his passion for cooking and moved back to Michigan at 20 to begin his culinary career. 

Lamagna cooked at several restaurants in Detroit before attending culinary school at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After graduating, he moved to Chicago and worked with Bruce Sherman at North Pond. From here, Lamagna went to Europe, traveling to Germany, France and Spain to gather more culinary perspective. From the anchovy and Serrano ham pinxtos in San Sebastian, to a classic duck casserole in Lyon, France, to blutwurst and brats in the Black Forest in Germany, each destination has helped shape his cooking style today. 

At the core of Lamagna’s cooking is his family and his Filipino heritage, both of which played significant roles in his career. The food he ate while growing up, from his mom’s potatoes and beef on rice, his brother’s chili, his dad’s pork adobo, and his sister’s baking, all hold a special place in his heart and have been large influences in his cooking today. At Clyde Common, Lamagna’s dishes are a glimpse into his life: where he’s come from and where he’s been, coming together to make something new. He uses classic techniques with modern, beautiful plating, and his food is old school flavor, with new school style.

Outside of work, Lamagna enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and traveling. He also loves practicing martial arts, including Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Arnis.

Lamagna also enjoys seeking out the off-the-beaten path and odd places to eat in addition to his regular stand-bys of tacos, fried chicken, dim sum and Vietnamese. Speaking of chicken, Reel M Inn is one watering hole where he has found some of the best.

"Reel M Inn is one of those places that you feel awkward walking in at first but at home, comfortable, and full when you leave. I was introduced to this place by my first chef here in Portland, Johnny, and haven't looked back since.  Dive bar to its bones, it also has great fried chicken....honestly, some of the best i have ever had hands down.  I usually get 3-4 wings, 1-2 chicken thighs, an order of jojos, and a cold, cheap beer like PBR, Rainier, or Old German....all depending on how hungry I am of course."

Reel M Inn is located at  2430 SE Division St., (503) 231-3880.

 

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Find the Best ranked Portland neighborhoods according to number of restaurants per capita. The top restaurant neighborhoods included the Lloyd district, Old Town, The Pearl and more - all of which have an abundance of hip, tasty places to dine. Here are GoLocalPDX's picks for where to dine out in Portland's 10 hottest restaurant neighborhoods. 

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Salty's, Sunderland

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Sunderland: 99.4

Salty's sits on the waterfront of the Columbia River, and serves up delicious seafood and steak daily. 

3839 N.E. Marine Drive. 

Photo via saltys.com

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PAADEE, Kerns Neighborhood

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Kerns: 101.2 

Paa dee, which means "to bring good things," serves up sophisticated thai dishes and craft cocktails daily. 

6 SE 28th Avenue. 

Photo via paadeepdx.com

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Nostrana, Buckman Neighborhood

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Buckman: 121.6

Enjoy a slice of Italy at Nostrana - serving up fine wines, cocktails and Italian style lunch and dinner dishes every day. 

1401 SE Morrison Street. 

Photo via nostrana.com

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¿Por Que No?, Boise Neighborhood

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Boise: 123.9

¿Por Que No? Taqueria strives for sustainability using locally harvested meat and recycled materials, while serving up delectable mexican flavors. 

3524 N Mississippi Avenue.

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Paley's Place, Northwest District

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Northwest District: 127.6

Paley's place - with only 50 seats - provides guests an intimate and sophisticated dining experience.  

1204 Northwest 21st Avenue. 

Photo via paleysplace.net

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Andina, The Pearl

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Pearl: 155.3

Visit Andina in the Pearl district for a unique, elegant taste of Peru. 

1314 Northwest Glisan Street. 

Photo via andinarestaurant.com

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Wilfs, Old Town Chinatown

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Pearl: 178.2 

The 1950's inspired restaurant and lounge, Wilfs, serves classic American style cuisine and often hosts live jazz musicians.

800 NW 6th Avenue.  

Photo via wilfsrestaurant.com

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Shandong, Hollywood District

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Hollywwod District: 219.6

This classic Chinese eatery features hand-pulled noodles in unique, authentic cuisine. 

3724 NE Broadway. 

Photo via shandongportland.com

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Departure, Downtown

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in Downtown: 227.3

Departure Restaurant and Lounge featuring head chef Gregory Gourdet, not only provides guests with one of the best views in Portland, but also serves up-scale asian-fusion cuisine. 

525 SW Morrison Street. 

Photo via departureportland.com

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Frank's Noodle House, Lloyd District

Number of restaurants per 10,000 residents in the Lloyd District: 499.1

Frank's serves up traditional Chinese eats in a refurbished house, and specializes in traditional hand-pulled noodles with meat or vegetables.

822 NE Broadway. 

 
 

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