Everyone, raise your glass and make a toast…to the Yard House, my new favorite restaurant and bar! It’s a “premium casual eatery” offering American fusion cuisine with an extensive beer menu of 100 beers on tap. Yes, you read it right – 100 beers on tap! You can order your favorite brew in three different glasses: the traditional pint, the popular “half-yard” which is a 1 ½ foot-tall glass, or the six-pack sampler, my personal favorite. The sampler costs $8.95 and offers six different brews all served in 5 oz. glasses.
I chose the “dark and bold” six pack sampler (pictured above) and here were some of the highlights:
Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock (5.8% ABV) – Smooth, rich, and dark, with robust flavor and creamy texture of chocolate. This dark beer has a malty character with the added sweetness of chocolate.
Left Hand Milk Stout (5.2% ABV) – Left adds real milk sugar to this stout which rounds out its sweetness and makes it easily drinkable.
Young’s Double Chocolate Stout (5.2% ABV) – A dark, ruby colored stout, almost black from a distance. It has a distinctive chocolate flavor with a smooth velvety finish. Real dark chocolate and chocolate essence are added during the brewing process.
Boddington Pub Ale (4.8%) – Advertised as “cream of Manchester”, it is served through a nitrogen dispenser and noted for its remarkable creaminess and smoothness. The flavor is predominantly malty with light hop overtones and a hint of honey.
As I finished my last sip of Chocolate Stout, I thought to myself, “this can’t get any better!” Then I realized it was happy hour! From 3pm-6pm during the week (except Sat/Sun), the Yard House offers ½ price appetizers and pizzas. Their diverse appetizer menu includes California Rolls, Spinach Cheese Dip, Hawaiian Poke Stack, Onion Ring Towers, and much more. It’s a great deal because all items on the Happy Hour menu are only $4 – $6! I overheard the guy next to me say “This place damn well knows how to do Happy Hour!” I can’t think of a truer statement than this. Yard House certainly does it right!
Our first appetizer was the Blue Crab Cakes with mango papaya chutney, passion fruit beurre blanc & tomato oil. Take a look at the dish in the picture provided. Would you have guessed that it was from a bar with 100 beers on tap? You probably would have thought it was plated at a fine dining restaurant. The tanginess from the mango papaya chutney married perfectly with the freshness of the crab. The buttery sauce mixed with passion fruit juice soaked into the pan-fried outer layer of the crab cake. The outside remained firm and slight crunchy while the inside was delicate, soft and generously filled with blue crab meat. I strongly recommend this if you’re a newcomer to the Yard House.
Next, we ordered the Chicken Nachos which were loaded with Spicy Pinto Beans, Cheddar and Jack Cheeses, Red and Green salsa, Tomato, Cilantro, Onions, and dollops of Guacamole and Sour Cream. My biggest complaint about nachos is that the toppings are usually only on top. After you eat through the first layer, you’re left with a plate full of dry tortilla chips. However, Yard House carefully piles on the toppings layer by layer and ensures you have heaping mounds of goodness in every bite.
Lastly, we placed in an order of their Spicy Thai Chicken Pizza. It was loaded with mozzarella, macadamia nuts, carrots, green onions, cilantro and their house made firecracker sauce. The pizza had a slight kick from the spicy, pepper-infused sauce, but the fiery flavor quickly extinguished by the next bite. My favorite topping was the macadamia nuts which provided a surprising crunch in between bites. Overall, it was an interesting spin on Thai flavors fused into a classic dish such as pizza.
The Yard House in Dedham, MA is about a 45 minute commute from Providence but well worth the ride, especially during Happy Hour. If you like craft beers and creative food, you will love this place! Hey, maybe I’ll even see you there. I’ll be at the bar next to Artie Lange and Frank the Tank enjoying some six-pack samplers. Cheers to that!
(4.5 Pints out of 5)