Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Clyde's Brunch: Food Reliably Solid, Service Reliably Sucky

A non-existent waiting area that results in the line spilling over onto M Street in Georgetown; a cramped interior; dated bathrooms. Sounds great, right? Add to that an apathetic wait staff, and what you have is Clyde's of Georgetown.

BUT, don't stop here, because this review is actually not entirely negative. It is the solid, hearty food that has kept B and I coming back to Sunday brunch here at least twice a month for years.

It does require a certain perseverance and sense of humor to deal with the waiters, but the food is always very good and seasonal. Today was no exception. B had the roasted turkey club with a side salad (you can sub salad with any sandwich) and I went with the salmon burger with the fries. The salmon burger was actually a bit of a misnomer as it was more like a massive, fresh, salmon cake over an excellent wasabi aoili.

Two entrees with tax and tip (closer to 15 than 20%) was $26.

And as most Washingtonians know, Clyde's is a micro-chain, but each location has an entirely different feel and, seemingly, standard for service. We have also eaten several times at the Gallery Place location (generally excellent service) and in McLean (wonderful art collection, a fantastic interior, and pretty good service), both of which have the same food offerings; I suppose each establishment's non-food offerings need to judged on their own merits. But overall Clyde's is not exactly cheap but is both a a good value and has a menu that can please a table of foodies, kids, picky eaters, and vegetarians.

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