My daughter lives in Columbia, MD. We went there over a weekend to celebrate her birthday and, as we usually do, had dinner Saturday night at Clyde's on Lake Kittamaqundi. We've always had good food and good service there. . . but not this time.
For an appetizer, I ordered a cup of cream of crab soup. It was just OK; tasted like something out of a Campbell's can. For my entrée, I ordered the special – Swordfish with green bean succotash and chimichurri. If not enhanced in some way, Swordfish can be very dry. I assumed the chimichurri would be enough to take away the dryness. It wasn't, because there wasn't much of it. In addition, it arrived at our table tepid, so I had to send it back to get it heated up. That took an inordinate amount of time – about 10 minutes – and even then, it was just warm, not piping hot like I like it. Needless to say, I wasn't happy.
My wife got the Pork Milanese, a "pounded and breaded pork loin", topped with a load of argula, spaetzle, cherry tomatoes and lemon vinaigrette. She ate only about half of it. She rated it "OK… average". I tasted it and would rate it bland/unappealing.
My daughter got the Wild Alaska Salmon and raved about it. If you like Salmon, get it!
We all ordered desserts. It took about 10 minutes before they were delivered, which again seemed unduly long for things they don't have to cook. Wife and daughter liked theirs, but I didn't like mine, which was the blackberry pie with cinnamon crust and vanilla ice cream. The crust and ice cream were great, but not the blackberries. VERY sour. I left about half of the pie. Unless you like really tart pies, avoid it.
The bill for this celebration was $129, including a $36 bottle of Chardonnay, taxes and tip; about $43/person. Considering that two of us had a soup appetizer and all had desserts, a reasonable cost. My problem with this visit is that Clyde's has in the past been better; better food and faster service. To emphasize the slowness of the service, while we were waiting for our desserts, a couple sat in the table next to us pouring over the menu. When nobody came to their table after ~10 minutes, they left.
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