Updated: Feb 9, 2020
I had some bad food this holiday season. And when I say bad, I don't mean meh or not that good. I mean legitimately inedible, things I paid for and still threw away. But in this new year, to be positive, I'll be talking about the best food I've eaten. This is the first in a two-coast two-parter from recent vacations and excursions.
I'm stationed in Newport News, Virginia, about three hours south of Washington DC. For the past two years, I've been going to DC on the Fourth of July, always hitting my favorite landmark, the National Mall. The National Mall is packed with amazing things, the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, the Smithsonian. Every time I make my stop in the National Mall, I stop at the Gallery Place location of Clyde's.
Clyde's is a restaurant chain across the DMV, the area made up of the District of Columbia, southern Maryland and northern Virginia. It's got an old-school, classy style to it, like somewhere Tommy Vercetti would grab lunch. That's where this place definitely shines. Although the prices for dinner aren't insane, there's something special about sitting down with a barkeep to watch some baseball. Although personally I don't drink, the thing I've been most impressed by is their willingness to accommodate me. Simply mixing a Sprite with the syrup generally associated with cocktails is something that shouldn't be hard, but the first time I was allowed to do this was at this location.
The meal of choice here is easily, easily the crab cake sandwich. Seriously, this is by far my favorite thing on the menu and nothing has come close to it. It's deliciously prepared, lightly fried crab cakes from the local fisheries of Maryland on a toasted potato roll paired with cole slaw and tartar sauce.
Clyde's has ten locations across the Washington DC metropolitan area.