We entered the Clipper Inn with high expectations, this being our annual pilgrimage to Clayton for a day on the river at the antique boat regatta followed by culinary delights at the Clipper. We had a great day in downtown Clayton. I should have suspected something was amiss when the person taking reservations was unable to spell our last name so she instead wrote only my first on the list. My wife's pork entrée was OK but Price Chopper's pork chops are just as good. The savory gravy rescued the dish while the homemade creamy cheese accompanying it was absolutely delicious. She tried to overlook a couple of drops of water that fell from the ceiling, grazing her forehead, then landing on the table. It was a bright, sunshiny day. I ordered grass fed Grindstone Island beef, "so tender that it falls off the bone". Good thing because it was laden with fat! I savored 3 or 4 mouthfuls of tender beef, but spent most of the time peeling of a fistful of fat. Our seasoned waitress, when I finally volunteered my unhappiness with the chefs' offering, exclaimed that she had asked "how was everything" and that we had not complained. She had not. She also groused that no one had complained prior to this. To her credit she removed the charges from our bill. I now wonder if the head chef was out for the day and someone may have been filling in? Somehow this was an off day... I still gave a good rating for the Clipper Inn because of the atmosphere, the good, friendly service at the bar, and past experiences. Spinach salad appetizer also great.
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