Yard House Restaurant
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- Yard House RestaurantMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 11Jul 05, 2012
This is a newer Yard House, a chain of restaurants in 9 states, with the predominate number of locations n Southern California and Arizona.
Their self described formula is "Great Food, Classic Rock, World's Greatest Beer Selection".
Their beer menu is great, but I doubt it is the best in the world. The Sheraton at LAX is at least as good, and they carry Monty Python's Holy Grail Ale, and the Yard House doesn't. But they have a lot of international choices and US micro brews, including 3 brews by the local AZ brewer from Tempe, Four Peaks.
The menu is eclectic, and I would describe it as fusion in a casual food sense. The prices are reasonable, but the dishes try too hard and are over the top. I prefer authentic ethnic food true to their origins and regional flavors, not ethnic flavors mixed up with average American fast food ingredients stack high and made pretty as if it was some great inventions, They are not, and consequently the mish mash waters down the experience.
Hawaiian Poke Stack $5.72. So so, Prefer the real thing. Spicy Tuna Roll $5.82. Again, trying too hard to make it unique. It comes in the shape of a cake. Ginger Crusted Salmon $22.65. Too many flavors and ingredients stacked high to mask mediocre Salmon. Grilled Romaine Salad $8.95. This was pretty good! Mango Sorbet $4.25, 2 large scoops, but low on taste.
Rolled Dead Guy Ale $3.50. Nice tweener of ale and lager. Four Peak Kiltlifter $5.75, Tasty local version of a good Irish Red. Gulden Draak $4.00, Another in the great tradition of Belgium beers.
What the Yard House lacks in taste and quality, they make up in volume and price. In Glendale, this place is very popular, since there aren't many good choices of ethnic food, so this is a good substitute for those who don't care about authenticity, since they may not know it if they ate it.