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I am a fan of Clyde's. While I probably wouldn't eat there on my own accord, it fufills a need most places can't. When family or guests are in town and you need to please the picky kid, vegetarian and grandparent who only eats meat, Clyde fits the bill. Their wings at the old Friendship Heights location weren't too bad either.

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I am a fan of Clyde's.  While I probably wouldn't eat there on my own accord, it fufills a need most places can't.  When family or guests are in town and you need to please the picky kid, vegetarian and grandparent who only eats meat, Clyde fits the bill.  Their wings at the old Friendship Heights location weren't too bad either.

I agree 100%. They also had good desserts.

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While I have fond memories of the omelette room at the Clydes in Georgetown and the original Old Ebbitts Grill, I have to ditto the previous comments. Having just suffered airline "food" and an IHOP which managed to screw up scrambled eggs and hash browns, Clydes doesn't look so bad. It certainly IS kid-friendly as Peanut's parents will surely learn, without being egregiously horrible.

There is a place for such a "chain", but probably not for most of us.

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It certainly IS kid-friendly as Peanut's parents will surely learn, without being egregiously horrible.

There is a place for such a "chain", but probably not for most of us.

Nope. Experienced Clyde's enough to avoid it going forward. :lol:

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Recently posted in another forum... ;)

I had dinner at the Clyde's at Tower Oaks Lodge (not my choice, I had voted for Black Market :lol: ) last night with a bunch of moms from Emma's school. The calamari was competent, my salad was a little underdressed but good, my main dish... might have been the worst meal I've had so far this year, and that includes frozen pizza.

Seared Scallops with pancetta & asparagus, over mashed potatoes sounded OK but the execution left much to be desired. Diced asparagus mixed with too much salty bacon was tossed with what was obviously frozen peas 'n' carrots and dumped, with its liquid around indifferent mashed potatoes. It was topped with a generous serving of utterly tasteless scallops, with almost no color despite being "seared". Bleah.

Dessert was some Hawaiian thing served in half a pineapple It was good - pineapple, mango and strawberries over coconut ice cream and pound cake - but was obviously meant to serve 3 people. I wound up eating the fruit and leaving the rest.

I talked the ladies out of a California chard and we drank a Yalumba Viognier instead - and it was the best part of the meal.

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Clyde's at Tower Oaks Lodge in Rockville is hosting a local farming five-course farm dinner with Slow Food D.C. on August 1, at 6:30pm. Details here at Farmgroupie (scroll down to second item). RSVP by July 28.

For $50 for non-Slow Food members, which it says includes wine, tax and tip here is the posted menu:

Scallops with Wild Mushroom Salad

Heirloom Tomato Tart with Fontina and Tapenade viniagrette

Jumbo lump crab cake with corn and tomatoes Chesapeake

Grilled Summerfield Farms Waygu Beef with Caponata

A selection of American Artisanal Cheeses with Summer Fruits

Pennsylvania Peach Cobbler with Cornmeal Crumble and Blackberry Ice Cream

Speakers:

Clyde's VP Tom Meyer will speak about the success of Clyde's farm-fresh initiative.

Heidi Hanson and Chris Warner of Warner Hanson Television in Washington will speak about their new series of Chefs A Field, which takes the nation's best chefs out to the field to look at where their food comes from.

Guest farmer from area farm.

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We're headed to Clyde's for lunch next week because the only choices given to us were here, the Daily Grill, and the Palm -- I refuse to go back to the Palm due to horrible experiences on two separate occasions.

Anyone been recently who can recommend some reasonably decent menu options?

(yes, on paper the Palm is probably the superior option but this is a boycott I won't reconsider)

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Nope. Experienced Clyde's enough to avoid it going forward. :P

While I don't wish to throw a bucket of ice water on your head, you may well find yourself choosing between Clydes and Chuck-E-Cheese to make that little darling happy. I mean, she can't even talk yet. . . as perfectly adorable as she is. I speak not as a Mother but as an Auntie just interested in making a kid happy.

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Written on Mrs. B's Computer but written by the Mr., aka waitman.

In 1976 I got my first job ever. Dishwashing in a joint called Per Bacco! in Columbia, Maryland (where I lived) on the shores of beautiful Lake Kittamaqundi (or however the fuck you spell it). About my eitgth week into the job I showed up for work and they were hauling furniture and food out the front door. Another casuaulty of the restaurant trade. A few months later, the first Clyde's clone moved in, and I'd bring dates there for omelettes (a high school buddy of mine became an omelette chef) and Blue Nun wine. I learned to make an omelette Bonne Femme from eating there. When I went to college, the (now deceased) Omelette Room in Georgetown became a regular spot on the attempted (always attempted, never consumated) seduction route. The song "Afternoon Delight" was inspired by the menu title there; the food was better than the song. Patrick Buchanan was once arrested for starting a brawl in Clyde's; the late owner was responsible for getting legislation passed that allowed patrons in DC to drink standing up, rather than seated only. And, they saved the Old Ebbitt.

And, if you're in G'town and need a martini for dad and burger for the kids, it's one of the few places that can be counted on to produce both in a competent fashion.

Yeah, it's a chain, but they've have earned a little leeway over the years.

Edited by Mrs. B

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Oh, come on. There are many worse places than Clyde's. I have family in Reston, and the branch there is good for a casual lunch outside or a comfortable dinner seated in their soft leather booths. I've never had bad service there, the crab cake ain't bad- and the same goes for the buffalo burger and the steak salad, IMO.

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Yeah, the crab cake special this month is a pretty good deal. I had it at the Chevy Chase location and found the cakes to be quite good. And the accompanying corn and tomato saute is very fresh and sweet.

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You definately can not beat half price wine on sunday (at least in the Georgetown location). I think their brunch is okay...nothing to rave about, but does the job.

Yeah, the crab cake special this month is a pretty good deal.  I had it at the Chevy Chase location and found the cakes to be quite good.  And the accompanying corn and tomato saute is very fresh and sweet.

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The crab cake it is, then. Thanks for the tips.

Your Palm boycott sounds an awful lot like my Clyde's boycott.

Heh. The thing about Clyde's is that half the time my meals there are pretty good and half the time my meals there are pretty bad. Whereas at the Daily Grill, it's consistently mediocre. I'd rather flip a coin with Clyde's, on the chance that I catch them on a good day.

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Great, just what we need another Clyde's.

Now it's open, and I can't imagine another restaurant that could have done a better job there. It's absolutely gargantuan, seating (according to the fact sheet) 537 PLUS three bars. Every imaginable surface is covered in cherry wood, including most of the ceilings. Expensive tilework, paintings, and bronze sculptures (sports and horse themed) round out the space. I'd be willing to bet it cost more than Rosa Mexicano, IndeBleu, and Zengo combined. It's an unbelievable experience for under $20 an entree.

Fairly typical Clyde's menu, about ten beers on tap (usual suspects, nothing that wouldn't appeal to a Caps fan after a game). They've got an oyster bar with about 8 varieties on and are running the same early and late weekday raw bar happy hour as Old Ebbitt Grill. I had a few very fresh and unassertive but excellent Raspberry Point Malpeques. I had a reuben with the best corned beef I've had in recent memory and slightly under-toasted bread. Even after midnight the kitchen was slammed and the food took a while to arrive.

Even if you hate what 7th Street has become, even if you hate Clyde's, at least go and take a walk through the place to see a no holds (or dollars) barred restaurant from local owners trumping anything a national chain has put in the area.

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I have been waiting for a reason to post about this.

Twice now, I have gone to the Clyde's Tower Oaks location for a weekend lunch/brunch. While far from perfect, it is still a delightful way to spend and hour or two.

Go during the day. Sit in a both in the back room with all the windows that backs to the grove of trees. I think they call it the "Great Room." It is, in every way, beautiful. And I would have to say, I am as snotty and as skeptical as they come about chains. They spent a lot of money on this place, and it shows.

The waiter will be a half-competent kid. Order a beer or a bottle of Australian Sav Blanc. It will take him 10-12 minutes to return. Get used to it.

They have an Oyster menu with about 8 varieties, both east coast and west coast. They also have little neck clams. Order a dozen of something on the half shell. Perfectly fresh, perfectly shucked (with plenty of liquor), and expertly clean.

Follow that with a bowl of the cream of crab soup. It's not as tasty as it should be, but it has plenty of crab (real?). Order a shot a sherry to spruce it up, and a good grinding of black pepper. Or the Watercress and Pear salad, but ask for the dressing on the side. Usually I frown on requests like this, but at Clyde's they make it a practice of drowning the salads in dressing.

Another bottle of wine. A cup of black coffee. And a very reasonable bill.

What's not to like?

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The Mark Center Clyde's (down 395) is a decent place to go with the "meat and potato middle America" vistors...nice atmosphere, usually friendly service...certainly better than hitting up Red Lobster or Outback.

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Just got back from lunch at the new Clyde's...wow, this place is HUGE! The interior is indeed very nicely done- plush booths, stained glass everywhere. My coworker remarked that the decor reminded her of "Titanic", grand staircase included. There was a wait to be seated at the hostess stand, our waitress was still a bit green, but she did a great job. The menu is the same as at the other Clyde's for the most part- burgers, sandwiches, pastas, etc. My crabcake sandwich was excellent (esp. compared to the cruddy one I had at Chef Geoff's last week), the calamari tender and crispy. Great experience, can't wait to sidle up to that nice long bar (or three!) for an after-work cocktail.

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I like the side entrance on the second floor landing (inside) for using the (2nd floor) facilities instead of at the movie theater, entrance is opposite the new Lucky Strike. You also pass TONS of Local Art (fishmarket, macpeharson square, etc), their private room (with a Life-sized bronze horse at full gallop WITH a jockey on top) on the way to the UPSTAIRS bar.

They seem to have taken the multiple-bar theme from old ebbit and merged it with the massive booth concept of clydes. I do feel a little sorry for them tho. My rough restaurnat math tells me that they need to turn about 800-1000 covers just to break even (hi rent, hi staffing, ALL that WOOD and TILE and WOOD). I think I asked, they have 17 server and bartenter POS's :lol: (Point of Sales - ordering terminals), and I hear the have a paperless kitchen, all computer screens, jeez.

Indeed true on the oyster happy hour, including the late nite one :) I seem to recall they have huge american whiskey selection (think KENTUCKY derby). They've also, in a clearly savvy attempt to rule the world, copied the Ebbit express, but it in the entrance alcove the the movie theater, around the corner from the main entrance, and made it full time for sndwiches and soups to go.

Is bigger going to rule the world? i don't know, but since 7th street on that block (with the exception of Zengo) is mostly Mc D, fudruckers, etc, I predict we'll all stop in there :P a) just to check it out :( when we go to a movie and can't even consider $6 popcorn and 3) (yes 3) after an MCI event, when traffic stinks and (a-b-3-oohyes) 3.1 mod) when showing friends around DC

well, that's my 2 bits...

D

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If their Oyster Bar turns out to be anything like Old Ebbitt's, then the new Clyde's is alright by me! :lol:

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That's a shame. Where might you recommend for good oysters in the MD suburbs?

It might be a heresy, but this food and booze snob was very pleased with the Oyster Menu and a cold bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the gorgeous (in a Hollywood way) Great Room of the Clyde's at Tower Oaks one recent Saturday afternoon. Several varieties to choose from, served perfectly fresh, cleanly shucked, well iced, with lemon wedges, a hearty cocktail sauce (with additional horseradish on the side), a respectable mignonette (sp? right word?) , and proper oyster crackers.

Caution: This rave does not apply to the service, any other food items, or evening dining.

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It might be a heresy, but this food and booze snob was very pleased with the Oyster Menu and a cold bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc in the gorgeous (in a Hollywood way) Great Room of the Clyde's at Tower Oaks one recent Saturday afternoon.  Several varieties to choose from, served perfectly fresh, cleanly shucked, well iced, with lemon wedges, a hearty cocktail sauce (with additional horseradish on the side), a respectable mignonette (sp?  right word?) , and proper oyster crackers.

I find the same to be true of the Clyde's at Mark Center. There is nothing comparable in the area, and we always seem to end up there. They offer 1/2 price raw bar after 10 (not 100% sure on the time) till close on the weekdays, and they have a Gruner by the glass (One of my favorites). It is a wicked deal.

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Yeah, the crab cake special this month is a pretty good deal.  I had it at the Chevy Chase location and found the cakes to be quite good.  And the accompanying corn and tomato saute is very fresh and sweet.

Due to last minute planning and a desire to head down to the Chinatown area, the new Clyde's was the only option with a reservation available at the desired time. As others have said, for me, Clyde's serves more as a place to take the out-of-towners than a regular choice. I was curious about the new location and now I know.... I think I'll stick to my local branch at Mark Center. The sheer size of the place is quite impressive, as are all the details of design and decoration. However, the volume (550 seated at one time) takes a toll on the very consistent service I've come to expect from a Clyde's (any Clyde's). To be fair, I think the service problems we experienced were largely due to a young and inexperienced server who was overwhelmed, but that's when I expect the managers to step in and that really didn't happen, other than trying to smooth ruffled feathers.

Long story short, a bottle of wine and a beer were ordered as the entrees were dropped. Nearly 20 minutes passed before the waitress returned with the beer, wine glasses, and the news that they were out of that particular bottle, did we want to try X, which was very nice. Well... NO, we wanted the wine with dinner and we were about done with dinner (I think everyone but me had cleaned their plate completely)....the manager eventually came over and took some blame because she had been trying to locate the bottle in the back, as the bar was out of it. Free desserts were offered, but that wasn't really the point - a little information a lot more quickly would have made a big difference. There was also a bit longer delay between courses than you might normally expect; again, probably a function of the size of the place.

Now for the food:

The crab cake special mentioned above is back on for February (2 crab cakes for $16.95 with accompaniments) - of course that corn and tomato saute is nowhere to be seen. Instead there was sauteed spinach and "Tom's Potatoes". 2 of our party ordered and enjoyed the crab cakes. A dozen oysters were ordered from the selection of 7 varieties and were at the high level of quality you'd expect from Clyde's/Old Ebbitt oysters.

For a starter, I enjoyed the tuna martini - very nice raw tuna, in a light citrusy sauce with some avocado chunks, and topped with thin strips of what I think was apple or pear. They must have been out of martini glasses as the dish showed up in a soup cup :lol:

For my main, I ordered the duck breast which came with a wild rice pilaf and a nice, tart fruit sauce that included cranberries and orange segments, along with some caramelized onions. It was a nice combination with the duck, although perhaps there was a bit too much orange juice in the sauce. The fourth ordered the bacon crusted salmon and was met with some resistance when asking for it to be cooked medium rare (again, this was probably lack of experience/knowledge on the server's part). I didn't hear any strong opions so I assume it was acceptable - though it did look a little overcooked from where I was sitting.

I think it is a great place to stop in on an afternoon while sightseeing or before a game/concert, but won't be on my list of regular places. There are at least 3 bars (maybe more) and a huge private party room and the space is worth seeing, at least for a drink - or maybe for their weekday late-night oyster happy hour!

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Washington, DC  (February 12, 2006)- For Washingtonians, Clyde's "On the Walk," located in the Gallery Place promenade at 707 7th Street, NW, offers from scratch, made-to-order fare as a fast alternative for "to-go" meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Open Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. delicious, quick standouts include Clyde's famous jumbo lump crab cake sandwich on a potato roll priced at only $7.50; roast pork loin with rapini greens and provolone cheese on a sub roll for $5.95, bratwurst on a potato hot dog bun for $3.00, as well as the daily sandwich special of roasted turkey breast, cornbread stuffing and cranberry sauce on rye bread priced at $5.95.  Additionally, an assortment of desserts and snacks including freshly baked brownies, cookies and chips are always available in the intimate 18 seat eatery.

How do you make a bratwurst on a potato hot dog bun "from scratch?"

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