Restaurant Review: Clyde’s of Georgetown
Location: 3236 M Street, NW
Meal: Dinner $37.60 for one, gratuity included
By Washington standard’s 1963 isn’t a long time ago, but that’s when Clyde’s of Georgetown first opened its doors on M Street. Located not far from the towpath of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Clyde’s is pretty central to all the interesting diversions that Georgetown has to offer. By self description Clyde’s styles itself as an “American saloon” with good food and drink delivering good value for good people. If you can say that three times fast then it must be the place for you! Make no mistake, this is not your ordinary “ saloon”, although it does have a long oak bar and plank flooring. That said you will also find brass, stained glass and in the “back room” nostalgic posters and other ephemera from the great liners and trains “de luxe” of yesteryear. It was in that “back room” that your reviewer was seated on one of his repeat visits to Clyde’s. Surrounded by the aura of the fabled Normandie and Conte di Savoia it was easy to imagine their clientele enjoying a leisurely meal in a similar restaurant moving across the Atlantic.
After carefully reviewing the ample menu, and wine list, your reviewer selected the Pan Seared Scallops ($17.95); a bit of negotiation changed the “over spinach and kale” to over “mashed potatoes. A cup of the chicken vegetable soup ($4.25) served as an appetizer and was very savoury and amply filled with the advertised chicken and vegetables. With this came a small Italian bread basket, a nice touch, but nothing remarkable however. Service was good, and in due course the entrée arrived. At the outset it was also very delicious, with four very fresh sea scallops crowning the starch, which in turn framed the kale. All seemed to blend well together. The potatoes were “home made” and very comforting on this blustery evening. About the only complaint your reviewer had was that the meal would be better had six scallops been served, even if the price were higher. During the meal it was evident that Clyde’s is popular, as a constant stream of new arrivals passed through to the bar or their tables. My server would frequently check on my progress, and the water glass was never empty. There was no slacking off even though I was a single patron.
To round off the meal I decided that a cup of coffee ($2.50) was in order, and a bowl of chocolate ice cream ($4.95) seemed to make sense as well. Both were served together and equally enjoyable. The ice cream was in fact “creamy” and consisted of two large scoops; I would rate it as “premium” quality. This visit, with both the ambiance and the food itself merits a 2.75 Chews. Clyde’s changes their menu daily and is well known as a good place for seafood, fowl and beef. A jumbo Lump Crab Cake with chipotle sweet potato gratin, vegetable du jour would be $9.95 for the single portion or $17.95 for the double. Looking for something more substantial, the Roasted Pork Loin would be an equally wise choice at $15.95 served with bacon Brussels sprouts and chipotle sweet potato “mash” (they like their sweet potato’s here no doubt). Make time when you are in the area, and if you feel the need to walk off your meal you can head to the Georgetown Park Shops…connected right to Clyde’s. Enjoy!
Pop Pop’s Score: 2.75 Chews
Subjective rating: A touch above average.
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