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Clyde & Patti's makes room for wing lovers

| Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006

Clyde & Patti's, along Freeport Road in the Acme section of Harmar, has been a popular establishment for many years.

We stopped at Clyde & Patti's about five years ago and had some good food, so we decided to see if anything had changed.

The bar takes up most of the establishment, and a pool table takes center stage between the bar and dining area.

Although the dining area is separate, you still are in plain view of the bar.

So, if you're looking for atmosphere, this is strictly a neighborhood bar that serves food, and the menu has an ample selection of appetizers and sandwiches to satisfy your appetite.

We quickly sat down and made our choices from a limited menu. At the bar area sat what we suspected were some regular patrons who were watching the overhead television.

The appetizer section offered the usual fried foods for munching. We choose the Onion Rings ($3.50), since they are a favorite of ours. They were good and salty and crispy, fired to a golden brown and served piping hot. Too bad we couldn't wash 'em down with a beer like everybody else, because we were on the clock. For good measure, a couple of large pepperoncini were added to the dish to make us even thirstier for that beer.

In the burger section of the menu, one Buncher showed interest in the Double Buddy Burger ($11.95), but decided that this must be way too much burger for one person, so she chose the BBQ Burger ($3.75). The burger came topped with a slice of provolone cheese and plenty of barbecue sauce to give it that tangy, smoky taste. You can add your choice of lettuce, tomato, pickle, etc. Potato chips and peppers accompany this lunch dish.

The Cheese Steak Hoagie ($4.25) came on a fresh hoagie bun and was overstuffed with slices of thin steak covered with melted provolone.

The Fish Sandwich ($4.95) had large, beer-battered pieces of fish coated in a thick, crunchy batter. The fish was so filling, we didn't eat the large hoagie roll.

The Chili ($2 for a cup, $3 bowl) was thick with lots of meat in a mildly spiced tomato base. We ordered the Chili to go for a pal, and we were impressed that it was thoughtfully packed with crackers, a plastic spoon and extra napkins. Take-out orders carry a 50-cent surcharge.

The Meatball Hoagie ($4.25) was a bit of a disappointment because of the meager size of its meatballs. Four meatballs were cradled in a six-inch hoagie roll with marinara and topped with cheese. Chips came on the side.

Chicken wings must be a favorite here, since they claim a good portion of the menu. Diners can choose from plain, seasoned, honey BBQ, garlic and butter, and hot honey and mustard. On Wednesdays, there is a wing special for those dining in -- takeout orders are full price. And, there is a pasta special on Tuesdays.

Compiled by Rebecca Killian, Sis Reola and guests. Meals are paid for by the Valley News Dispatch and are unrelated to advertising.

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Clyde & Patti's

Address: 901 Freeport Road, Harmar

Phone: 724-274-5030

Hours: Kitchen open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays; 8 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-9:30 p.m. Wednesdays; noon-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays

Credit cards: All major cards accepted

Smoking: Yes

Handicapped accessible: Yes

Prices: Appetizers, $2.25-$3.75; salads, $1.75-$6.25; sandwiches, $2-$11.95

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