Posted: Monday 3rd June, 2013

A Night At The Clarkson Pub

I wandered into The Clarkson Pub with a few friends on a Friday evening, not too sure what to expect from this relatively new restaurant. Being so small and quiet, The Clarkson Pub is an excellent choice for a more intimate dinner with friends, family, or a date.

The restaurant is in the shape of a “U” – there is a large bar directly in the middle that divides two areas of seating. There is also an excellent patio that you can choose to dine in, weather providing that is.

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The service is very relaxed in The Clarkson Pub. Our waitress was very casual and friendly, allowing me and my friends to feel more comfortable and unrushed. She also took great patience with our indecisiveness when choosing our meals and drinks.

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The Clarkson Pub has a fairly selective menu with options that are not entirely normal of most restaurants. Many of the appetizers were focused around sea-food, but the rest of the menu had a good variety of fish, meats, and vegetarian meals. It was quite refreshing to have so many uncommon meal options. Being unable to choose only one, my friends and I decided to share a few appetizers – we had Sweet Potato Frites, Spinach Artichoke Dip, Coconut Shrimp, as well as an Antipasto Platter (a platter consisting of sliced meats, an assortment of cheeses, as well as green and black olives, vegetables, and oiled bread). For dinner I decided to have a Clarkson Green Salad – a salad composed of mixed greens, chopped cucumbers, avocado, carrot, and radish, but I added crumbled goat cheese and finished the salad with balsamic vinaigrette. I was absolutely enthralled with how delicious this salad was. One of my friends ordered the Veggie Wrap, and another ordered the Chicken Quesadillas – a flour tortilla that was stuffed with chicken, peppers, onion, and layered with pepper jack cheese, sour cream and salsa. The entire table was thoroughly impressed with the quality and taste of the food, and the portion sizes were small enough so as not to overeat, but big enough to feel satisfied.

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There is a fair selection of drink options, ranging from domestic beers to martinis and mixed drinks. I had an Envy Martini – all I can say about this beverage is if you like tequila then this is definitely your drink. The martinis are very strong, but they certainly get the job done well. A couple of my friends had the Caesars and said that they were delectably spicy. With an appetizer, main course and a martini, I dined for under $25. The Clarkson Pub is affordable, the food is wonderful, and the atmosphere is very inviting. I will definitely dine at The Clarkson Pub again.

To keep the pub full of entertainment, Jukebox Bingo takes place on Mondays and Karaoke is on Tuesday nights. For those of us who enjoy cheap drinks, The Clarkson Pub offers $3.00 domestic beers on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday.

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Hours of operation are from Sunday to Wednesday from 11am to 12am, and from Thursday to Saturday from 11am until 2am. Located at 130 Dunlop Street East, The Clarkson Pub is waiting for you to come discover its hidden splendor.

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Valerie Colangelo is a writer from Barrie. Read her blog at: www.accordingtovalerie.com and follow her on Twitter at @vcolang

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