Choosing 3 stars on Yelp means A-OK. Not sure how that makes sense, but to elaborate, my 3 stars means “just ok”.
The wife and I shared appetizers and a double crab cake dinner as well as desserts for a Monday night dinner. One might have thought that because we shared our meals we were seen as cheap and they needed to get us out of there quickly.
I know differently though. We are not cheap, we are trying to watch how much we eat while enjoying as much variety as possible. If you eat the average soup, appetizer, salad, entre and dessert at most restaurants you can take in 3000 calories easily in one meal. That is simply stupid unless you are a body builder.
I used to do metalwork on the kitchen equipment in many Clyde’s kitchens…often overnight. While wrapping up to get out by the time they opened for lunch, I overheard many staff meetings. They are trained to “turn tables” quickly…and they do it well and make good money.
So, don’t be offended by the fast service at Clyde’s, they are simply “that good”.
Unfortunately the food this night was just so-so. We had the crab soup which was wonderful…perfect.
We ordered the heirloom tomato salad. Basically a caprese salad. They should not serve this appetizer unless they have access to real vine ripened tomatoes…they should know better. The tomatoes were not well ripened and not very flavorful and there was nearly zero balsamic dressing or glaze to flavor the plate. We needed salt and lots of pepper to enjoy these nearly flavorless tomatoes.
Next was the double crab cake dinner. They were very accommodating and split the dinner in to two plates for us. Unfortunately the crab cakes needed more flavor and could have been picked through the meat better. We had to endure a lot of shell in our mouths. There was no lemon, no sauce, no remoulade or tartar sauce…or seemingly no salt in the crab cakes. The sear on the crab cakes was perfect though, so the cook did a good job and the cakes were definitely mostly lump crab with little filler. The corn and potatoes served with the cakes were fresh and cooked well, but there was no noticeable trace of herbed butter as advertised on the menu…and again, salt and pepper saved the plate.
Wife had the blueberry cheesecake. Unremarkable.
I had the raspberry sorbet. It was very good, but I do not think it was made in-house.
3 out of five stars simply because there was no excuse for the tomatoes and crab cakes. I expect better from Clyde’s. There is another chain restaurant nearby that specializes in cheesecake. Clyde’s of Columbia may want to consider featuring their product if they can’t make a good cheesecake in-house. My wife said my cheesecake blew this away and I have made cheesecake a total of three times in my life.
Great service. They know how to do food better. They must have not had time to taste the menu items they served us this night.
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