I've lived in downtown Reston for the past 7 months and although I've walked by Clyde's numerous times and even went in once briefly on a Friday only to see the bar three deep, I found the perfect opportunity yesterday to FINALLY eat an early dinner at the bar, around 4:00pm.
There were only 6 or 7 other people there but the bartender immediately asked me what I was drinking and if I wanted a menu.
I had a beer while deciding what to eat and asked him many questions about what he thought of the different items I was considering.
I settled on the American Cheese Platter, the Mussels, and the Lamb Shank for dinner.
I ordered a bottle of $42 Silvio Grasso Fontanelle Barbera d'Alba Talia Piedmont Ried that was half priced on Sundays for $21. First kudos
The cheese plate had 4 GREAT tasting cheeses that were a large slice of 2-3 bites. They were served with a warm raisin walnut bread that didn't overwhelm the cheese. Also a small ramiken of raisins.The cheeses were a hard sharp cow's milk, a mild blue cheese, a soft fontina-type, and finally a very delicious triple cream. Second kudos
Second was the mussels in red broth with potato chunks, pieces of tomato, spices, and chorizo sausage. The mussels were plentiful, about 20-25. They had not a single grain of sand or grit and tasted great. The bread for dipping added to the fun. Third kudos
Then came the very large and meaty lamb shank with couscous and wilted spinach in lamb stock gravy. The lamb was super tender, spectacular with great flavor and little to no fat. Spinach and couscous were great sides. Fourth Kudos
A woman next to me asked me what was I eating that smelled so good and I told her it was the lamb. I thought she was going to dive right in my plate!
I then asked her and her friend what dessert looked the best to them and they said the pear and caramel bread pudding with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream; which I ordered and shared some with them. I had a Chambord on the rocks as well. We all agreed the bread pudding was delicious. Fifth Kudos.
Throw in GREAT service from an older male bartender who was "old school" and this was just a wonderful way for a single guy who really enjoys great food to spend his Sunday afternoon!
Total before tip: $88.00
I'm glad I finally made it here and as Arnold said: "I'll be back"