March Dish of the Month: Clyde’s at Mark CenterMarch 12, 2018
Farm fresh, local, sustainable, and all with a classic elegance. That’s Clyde’s at Mark Center. The Alexandria location of the well-known D.C. restaurant group, Clyde’s, prides itself on providing guests with the freshest ingredients and the most flavor possible. Whether you’re looking for seafood, steak, or a burger, Clyde’s at Mark Center has it all, not to mention their bar menu that can’t be beat! We caught up with David Lee, the executive chef of Clyde’s at Mark Center, to find out more about what makes Clyde’s at Mark Center so special.
Can you tell us a little bit about the history of Clyde’s at Mark Center?
Clyde’s at Mark Center opened in May of 1998. Clyde’s Restaurant Group has 8 Clyde’s restaurants in D.C., MD, and Northern VA. We also have the historic Old Ebbitt Grill, 1789 Restaurant, The Tombs, The Hamilton (a restaurant and live music venue in downtown D.C.), and The Soundry (our soon-to-open music venue in Columbia).
Clyde’s at Mark Center celebrates sporting life on the water, and I love how each of the five dining rooms has its own distinct feel.
What’s your favorite part about working at Clyde’s at Mark Center?
My favorite part about working at Clyde’s is definitely the staff. Restaurant life is fast paced; you become family. We have a great team here that works hard and laughs a lot.
What is your favorite dish at Clyde’s? Which dish is the most popular with your guests?
My favorite dish is our Spicy Fried Chicken appetizer, and one of our best sellers is probably our new Cedar River Farms® Steak Frites. It is impossible to answer this question without mentioning our Bell & Evans Buffalo-style Chicken Wings and our legendary burgers!
Clyde’s has a great selection of cocktails. Which do you recommend?
I’m a straight whiskey guy myself, but I will enjoy our Irish Old Fashioned from time to time. It’s a great take on the classic.
Are there any events coming up at Clyde’s at Mark Center?
Falling on a Saturday this year, St. Patrick’s day will be a party for sure! We are also looking forward to Easter brunch around the corner. We have great regulars, and we look forward to seeing so many familiar faces on holidays.
Are there any specials going on at Clyde’s at Mark Center that our e-lofts residents should know about?
We’re about to announce a great new happy hour that will be available every day from 3-6 PM at the bar— stay tuned for details! But a unique special that we also offer is our Oyster Happy Hour. Also, on Monday nights, we host a trivia night which usually has a big turnout, as well as our Friday and Saturday night crowds for our live music.
What do you think your guests love most about Clyde’s at Mark Center?
The atmosphere and great food are what keep our customers coming back. Our food stands by Clyde’s tradition of using high-quality, fresh ingredients that are sourced locally and sustainably, from our produce, to our seafood, to our grass-fed and locally-raised ground beef from Shenandoah Valley. We are also known for handling special requests like gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, and any other allergy or preference you can think of, so we have something for everyone on our menu.
Is there anything else that the community at e-lofts should know about Clyde’s at Mark center?
It really is a great place for any occasion. Whether you are by yourself or in a large group, you can find a space where you will feel comfortable.
DISH OF THE MONTH:
Chesapeake Bay Rockfish
Executive Chef David Lee says he loves this dish for “its simplicity. It’s a 6-oz. fillet served with beet purée, sautéed carrots, and cauliflower”. Fresh, simple, and delicious. Stop in to Clyde’s at Mark Center and give it a try!
We can’t wait to stop by Clyde’s at Mark Center for a cocktail and delicious dinner. You should too, and let us know your thoughts! You can visit them until 2am, seven days a week, at 1700 N. Beauregard Street in Alexandria, VA. For all of the latest updates on Clyde’s restaurant group, make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!