12 2013 Sep

Thunderstorm Cooldown

Washington DCTagged clydes, friends, happy hour, pho, rain, thunderstorm, traffic, us-food

Probably one of the few times you’ll hear me say, “I’m so glad it’s raining”. That’s because after these flash-flooding, zero-visibility, majestic thunderstorms, the temperature was going to drop. And that’s a good thing knowing I’ll be outside in a tux on Saturday. The bad thing was that it hit us right at the start of rush hour when all my friends were meeting up for food and drinks. So traffic became the first topic of the night.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. You want to hear about food.

Let’s start with lunch where we ventured to the outskirts of DC, North West DC in a little neighborhood called Columbia Heights. There was this one little restaurant that’s been getting high marks for not only pho, but their spicy version of it. Yeah, I know, I seem to be eating a lot of pho during my stay here. I’ll get to the reason in a later post. In any case, I dragged a friend out here to try it with me. The place was in the most unexpected place. Under a town home in an area where the shops all catered to a Latin demographic. Yet, all the reviews and raves were coming from quite the opposite. Were they people going out of their way for this? Sorta. This place, Pho Viet was only down the street from other pho shops. Other shops that were also getting high marks. Just so happens that this one had the highest in the food I was interested in. And I’ll tell you what, it didn’t disappoint.

Pho Viet
3513 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 629-2839

Verdict: I’m definitely coming back here.

On our way home we stopped off at a friend’s store that was gearing up to open in a couple of weeks. A store that just so happens to be, drum roll, another pho restaurant. This one was in the White Flint area, within Montgomery County. An area that I hadn’t seen a Vietnamese restaurant before during the times I lived in Maryland. An ingenious idea the locals are going to love. Wish this was around when we played ball at Tilden.

So later, after driving through the barrage of rain, we ended up at Clyde’s, or as they call this branch, Tower Oaks Lodge. Our usual meetup spot from back in the day. Just like the Hamilton, they serve up a wide variety of food. A bit pricey, but if you get here during happy hour, it’s a great time to sample food at half off. We already had our favorites and the ordering went all the way to last call. Good stuff in terms of eating and drinking till the cows come home. But unfortunately, I didn’t get to snap too many pictures. About an hour in, more and more friends and surprised guests had showed up. Photo time was over, drinking time was on, and the bit on catching up with everyone’s lives was the focus. Good times, great friends!

Tower Oaks Lodge
2 Preserve Pkwy
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 294-0200

Verdict: Yeah, can’t find too much to complain about when it comes to happy hour.

Downpour in Rockville

When the thunderstorm rolled through, visibility became a problem. We were off the highway in time to avoid the mayhem of traffic that was to ensue. This shot was after I had enough sense to pull out the camera.

Spicy Lemongrass Pho @Pho Viet

Finally, an unapologetic bowl of spicy goodness. And check it out, it's pho, not bun bo hue or niu ro mien. It's simply pho. Well not a simple bowl of noodle soup. This was of course their own creation. Don't expect it to be light and don't expect it to be rich. Expect it to be spicy enough to break a sweat type of awesome that will have you wishing you can take the store home. Can you tell I like this stuff? $9.50USD

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Oysters on the Half Shell @Clyde's

A mix of Northeastern oysters that were all fun to eat. Clyde's carries around three different varieties. And they are a great sample of good East Coast oysters. $24.95USD/Dozen

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Buffalo Chicken Wings @Clyde's

Decent wings. They are a staple here from the start of happy hour and into the night. $10.95USD

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Crab Tower @Clyde's

I have mixed feeling about this one. It was more of a crab salad that left you with no real texture except for the chip on the side. This may have been better as a crab roll. ~$10.00USD.

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Crab Cake Sandwich @Clyde's

So my crab cake fix hasn't been satiated. And after having this, it was still not satisfied. Sure you can say Clyde's does good food, but you need to have the best before mission accomplished. $16.95USD

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Shock and Awe

Yes, my buddy was in disbelief on how much food we had ordered. Thanks for coming by, now dig in. Just don't leave your hand on the table. It may get mistaken for a meal.

The OxPosted September 12, 2013 By the hungry ox


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