Friday, February 5, 2010

Clyde's Bistro and Barroom, Cleveland Heights, an Addendum

A few weeks ago I wrote favorably about my initial experience with Clyde's Bistro and Barroom in Cleveland Heights. Last night I returned and had another fantastic experience.

This time I was on the bar side of the restaurant which as a distinct, yet equally enjoyable, atmosphere compared to the dining room. The evening of my visit you could feel the energy and bartender Angie was on her toes every moment of my visit ("It keeps me thin," she commented). While I'm not normally one for "courses", I added a house salad, substituting Cesar dressing. It was one of the best salads I've had in a very long time. The Delmonico Steak was as good as my previous fillet.

You can tell a lot about a restaurant by the check: A so-so restaurant you invariably find yourself begging for the check; a place that's in a hurry to get rid of you will drop the check before you've dropped your fork. A good restaurant, though, the check comes at precisely the right moment; such was my experience on Thursday.

I also had the privilege of meeting Vivian, and Brian and chatting with Clyde. You can tell that he's a restaurateur who knows and enjoys what he's doing... and who also knows the importance of having staff who enjoy their work and atmosphere -- the atmosphere is real, not manufactured chain-restaurant kitsch.


1 comment:

  1. Lincoln, you sure do get it. As much as you have enjoyed dining at Clyde's, we have enjoyed having you there.