Clarence's Taste-New Orleans

★★☆☆☆
11am to 10pm Tue - Fri 4pm to 11pm Sat Noon to 9pm Sun Closed Monday
  • 2131 Old Edgewood Rd

    Edgewood, MD 21040

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  • 410-612-0700

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I decided to stop at clarence's after work for my dinner: I was very disappointed when I got home to find there was no shrimp in my Jambalaya: I called and personally spoke to clarence about this matter: But All to no avail. Clarence refused to to make it Good or even refund my money. I Paid 13.45 for RICE ! I would never go here again ! Clarence is NOT customer Friendly and Very Indifferent.

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I decided to stop at clarence's after work for my dinner: I was very disappointed when I got home to find there was no shrimp in my Jambalaya: I called and personally spoke to clarence about this matter: But All to no avail. Clarence refused to to make it Good or even refund my money. I Paid 13.45 for RICE ! I would never go here again ! Clarence is NOT customer Friendly and Very Indifferent.

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We went to Clarence's after reading good reviews online (that I'm thinking may have come from the staff themselves). Overall, terrible. I got the Mardi Gras sampler which came with some decent soup, but the rest of the dinner was a show. The waitress had to be reminded of what our drink orders were when there couldn't have been more than 4 diners in the restaurant at that time. Fries ordered as an appetizer were glistening with oil and soggy (considered inedible by all). We ordered a fried crawfish app but were given a side salad instead. The waitress put a rush on the crawfish when we pointed this out and they did come out hot, but tasted like they had been frozen breaded and all and had just been dipped in the fryer to reheat.

The gumbo was decent, but after I and one of the other diners had finished ours, an extra gumbo was delivered to the table by the waitress, who seemed embarrassed by the mix-up and made "shush" noises while sliding it onto the table for someone to hopefully eat. We were also told that they could prepare the chicken fingers grilled for someone and the owner (?) had to come out with the waitress when everyone's food was delivered to tell us they were not able to serve grilled chicken for her (more frozen food assumptions...). The rest of my sampler was bland and one-note. The creole was spicy (with a whopping two shrimp included) but not in any sort of flavorful way, and everything else was overwhelmingly bland. Their crab cake was also something I, as a native Marylander, would be embarrassed to serve, as it was mostly filler, perfectly round, and far from jumbo lump (also terribly overpriced for $15).

In all, I was excited to check this place out, and it is a rare cuisine to find in Maryland, but don't waste your time or money with Clarence's. You'll end up overpaying for slow, confused, incorrect service and food that you could probably find in the frozen aisle of your local Walmart.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went to Clarence's after reading good reviews online (that I'm thinking may have come from the staff themselves). Overall, terrible. I got the Mardi Gras sampler which came with some decent soup, but the rest of the dinner was a show. The waitress had to be reminded of what our drink orders were when there couldn't have been more than 4 diners in the restaurant at that time. Fries ordered as an appetizer were glistening with oil and soggy (considered inedible by all). We ordered a fried crawfish app but were given a side salad instead. The waitress put a rush on the crawfish when we pointed this out and they did come out hot, but tasted like they had been frozen breaded and all and had just been dipped in the fryer to reheat.

The gumbo was decent, but after I and one of the other diners had finished ours, an extra gumbo was delivered to the table by the waitress, who seemed embarrassed by the mix-up and made "shush" noises while sliding it onto the table for someone to hopefully eat. We were also told that they could prepare the chicken fingers grilled for someone and the owner (?) had to come out with the waitress when everyone's food was delivered to tell us they were not able to serve grilled chicken for her (more frozen food assumptions...). The rest of my sampler was bland and one-note. The creole was spicy (with a whopping two shrimp included) but not in any sort of flavorful way, and everything else was overwhelmingly bland. Their crab cake was also something I, as a native Marylander, would be embarrassed to serve, as it was mostly filler, perfectly round, and far from jumbo lump (also terribly overpriced for $15).

In all, I was excited to check this place out, and it is a rare cuisine to find in Maryland, but don't waste your time or money with Clarence's. You'll end up overpaying for slow, confused, incorrect service and food that you could probably find in the frozen aisle of your local Walmart.

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The dinner was terrible!!! Worst dinner we have ever had. The food is not seasoned,very plain and did not taste fresh. We went there because of the reviews. We were the only ones there. We cannot believe these reviews were posted by real customers. My husband said we should know better as the place did not have other diners except us.

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★☆☆☆☆

The dinner was terrible!!! Worst dinner we have ever had. The food is not seasoned,very plain and did not taste fresh. We went there because of the reviews. We were the only ones there. We cannot believe these reviews were posted by real customers. My husband said we should know better as the place did not have other diners except us.

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I have read a couple of reviews about Clarence's and even saw the feature in Maryland magazine a couple of years ago....I have been wanting to go there because my family is from New Orleans, and my grandmother (the cook of the family) passed away 3 years ago. SO I miss the File` gumbo, pralines, stuffed milerton, red beans and rice....the list goes on. When I read about Clarence's I was excited to get some real Nawlin's cooking...So I visited the restaurant on 6/20 and should have walked out when the restaurant was empty (on a Saturday night), aside from me and my boyfriend, Clarence and the waitress. I said what the hell and ordered the bowl of gumbo....strike 1: the gumbo was nothing more than brown gravy on top of rice, there was no flavor.....no salt, nothing. I told myself that everyone makes gumbo a little different, so I ordered the shrimp and crawfish po'boy, hoping that Clarence invested in the oh so essential New Orleans style french bread. My boyfriend ordered the fried chicken and red beans&rice (he said that fried chicken was safe). Well...none of the food was seasoned, there was some seasoning blend thrown on top of the chicken, but as soon as you took a bite it all fell off. My food was not tasty at all, the "french" bread tasted like very sour sourdough....the red beans tasted like what you would think orphans probably get for dinner. I really wanted to support a local business, but was completely disappointed. I am a culinary school graduate and have (since my grandmother's passing) taken over the duties of cooking gumbo...etc at family gatherings. The first thing every cook, chef, anybody knows is that you must SEASON YOUR FOOD! Salt and pepper would have made this meal 1000% better. I tried to add salt and lots of hot sauce to the food, but it did not help. Sorry Clarence, I'll be turning down that "frequent diner" card you offered

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I have read a couple of reviews about Clarence's and even saw the feature in Maryland magazine a couple of years ago....I have been wanting to go there because my family is from New Orleans, and my grandmother (the cook of the family) passed away 3 years ago. SO I miss the File` gumbo, pralines, stuffed milerton, red beans and rice....the list goes on. When I read about Clarence's I was excited to get some real Nawlin's cooking...So I visited the restaurant on 6/20 and should have walked out when the restaurant was empty (on a Saturday night), aside from me and my boyfriend, Clarence and the waitress. I said what the hell and ordered the bowl of gumbo....strike 1: the gumbo was nothing more than brown gravy on top of rice, there was no flavor.....no salt, nothing. I told myself that everyone makes gumbo a little different, so I ordered the shrimp and crawfish po'boy, hoping that Clarence invested in the oh so essential New Orleans style french bread. My boyfriend ordered the fried chicken and red beans&rice (he said that fried chicken was safe). Well...none of the food was seasoned, there was some seasoning blend thrown on top of the chicken, but as soon as you took a bite it all fell off. My food was not tasty at all, the "french" bread tasted like very sour sourdough....the red beans tasted like what you would think orphans probably get for dinner. I really wanted to support a local business, but was completely disappointed. I am a culinary school graduate and have (since my grandmother's passing) taken over the duties of cooking gumbo...etc at family gatherings. The first thing every cook, chef, anybody knows is that you must SEASON YOUR FOOD! Salt and pepper would have made this meal 1000% better. I tried to add salt and lots of hot sauce to the food, but it did not help. Sorry Clarence, I'll be turning down that "frequent diner" card you offered

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Well, at least for this part of the country. I decided to go to this place for a birthday dinner, and I've been back 3 more times in the past month. If you're going for the first time, you might as well try the jambalaya - its the best you can get in this state. Go ahead and get the supreme, its worth it for 2 more bucks. Some of my other favorites - the gumbo is some good stuff, and pretty much any po-boy. Some surprising things - the fries are excellent, and the wings are ridiculous. Not very many, but they're so huge, and filling, that it doesnt matter. The seasoning on them (and everything else) is unreal. Service is decent, and Clarence usually makes it a point to talk to you personally. Definitely worth a visit...or more

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★★★★☆

Well, at least for this part of the country. I decided to go to this place for a birthday dinner, and I've been back 3 more times in the past month. If you're going for the first time, you might as well try the jambalaya - its the best you can get in this state. Go ahead and get the supreme, its worth it for 2 more bucks. Some of my other favorites - the gumbo is some good stuff, and pretty much any po-boy. Some surprising things - the fries are excellent, and the wings are ridiculous. Not very many, but they're so huge, and filling, that it doesnt matter. The seasoning on them (and everything else) is unreal. Service is decent, and Clarence usually makes it a point to talk to you personally. Definitely worth a visit...or more

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Clarence's has top quality food at a reasonable price. The service was friendly and on time. The dining area is spotless and elegant, quite a departure from the building's previous occupants. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you are looking for something really good and different than the typical Italian or fast food offerings about town.

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Clarence's has top quality food at a reasonable price. The service was friendly and on time. The dining area is spotless and elegant, quite a departure from the building's previous occupants. I highly recommend this restaurant, especially if you are looking for something really good and different than the typical Italian or fast food offerings about town.

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Business Response:

Thank you for the review. Thanks for the feedback. I just learned about this Insider website and was pleased to see that we had already been reviewed. I will send this website to my customer database for their comments. We have worked hard to differentiate ourselves from the building's previous owners. Thanks for that recognition. Jim - Part Owner

Message from Clarence's Taste-New Orleans

Let the Good Times Roll at Clarence's. Born and trained in New Orleans, Clarence is always on premises and prepares fresh Cajun and Creole cuisine not found anywhere else in Maryland. We're worth some time finding with your GPS!!!

More about Clarence's Taste-New Orleans

Serving authentic Cajun and Creole dishes freshly prepared by Chef-Owner Clarence from New Orleans. We strive to set ourselves apart from the chains and typical restaurants. Regional favorites are also offered. Full service bar and children's menu. Se

 

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