Why there's still a crowd at dependable Clyde's

EATS

Dining For $25 Or Less

August 24, 2006|By KAREN NITKIN | KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

On a typical night, the crowd at Clyde's - and it is usually a crowd - includes families with young children, business people in shirts and ties gathered around an opened laptop, couples on dates and loud multigenerational gatherings. The stools around the long, handsome bar are all taken, and people are standing alongside, drinks in hand, talking.

No wonder Clyde's was recently named by the Zagat guide as the most popular restaurant in the Baltimore region. This wood-paneled all-American restaurant, part of a chain with 13 locations from Northern Virginia to Maryland (including the next-door Tomato Palace, which opened in 1993) appeals to a wide range of eaters with a formula so crazy few restaurant dare try it: It serves good food at reasonable prices, and throws in attentive service and a handsome setting to boot.

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