Say what you will... I went to the Yard House and was very pleased... AGAIN.
Took mom, dad & bf to Long Beach, CA Yard House yesterday for birthday lunch for dad. It was very busy as usual because of tourists, conventions etc. Got a patio table as requested after only fifteen minute wait (twenty quoted). (this was a busy time too... 2:00pm prox)
Very nice down to earth waitress. Dad & I had Bombay Sapphire Gin & Tonics (mine with two limes) bf had Belmont Brewery Strawberry Blonde on tap and coke, mom had iced tea, no lemon. All drinks arrived perfectly in about four minutes and were delicious.
Upon being presented with drinks ordered calamari appetizer and placed our lunch order as well. Mom & I had the Hawaiian Poke Stack (mom's wasabi soy sauce on side), dad ordered cuban pork sand w/ fries, bf chose the chicken nachos. Calamari was out in about six minutes, brought by the manager who was very nice and asked how drinks were. This calamari was so good and I was so glad it wasn't garnished on leaf lettuce to make it soggy. Super crisp and hot, good combo of strips and tentacles. Spicy marinara and tangy aioli complemented nicely.
Food arrived about three minutes upon us devouring squid. Everything perfect and hot (or cold in the case of the poke). Waitress continually brought coke and iced tea refills without being asked (glasses still 1/3 full) and brought dad & I waters when we declined another cocktail. All in all a perfect lunch on the marina with great people watching of people from the tattoo show.
So go ahead, Chowhounders. Tell me why you hate this chain. I don't care. We had a great time.
I like that Yard House too. I haven't been to the others. Maybe quality varies depending on the location.
We have one in Glendale, Az and have been twice. Each time we have enjoyed it. I do find them a little on the expensive side for what we have in the area. We went Saturday for lunch and I had the Cuban Pork which I liked and hubby had a roast beef sandwich and it looked real good. Our waiter was a tad slow and he asked me if I wanted to try the sweet potato fries and I said yes, but he forgot to tell the kitchen, so I got regular fries. Maybe next time. Hubby had one refill on his coke which was his only complaint.
I've been to the one in Palm Springs, and the one In Pasadena. I had a great experience both times. In fact, I can't believe they are a chain!
I don't despise Yard House, but it certainly isn't my favorite. It's clearly cut from the same fabric as the Cheesecake Factory, with an expansive menu, mammoth portions, and flavors that are turned way down so that fewer people will find something they don't like about a dish.
The one thing I do greatly enjoy... happy hour. The prices come down to a level that I'm willing to pay for decent appetizers, and you can't beat the beer selection if you tried. Now only if the local one would do reverse happy hour on more nights than Thursdays.
re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester
Really? Cheesecake Factory? I don't think the flavor on that wasabi sauce is turned way down. The poke stack is my favorite choice.
All of my experiences at Yardhouse in LB and in Rancho Mirage have been good, better than most chains.
I think the LB location might be the original?
I just went to the location in Kansas City, KS this past weekend. My only complaint is that the beer prices are a little steep. I got a Blue Moon pint and my mom got a couple Michelob Ultra pints. Both of these are fairly cheap beers, but each beer was $4.75, which I think is a complete ripoff for a beer. I know they have so many beers on tap so it's going to be pricey, but I have never paid so much for beer in my life!
Aside from that, it was great. My sister got the Ahi steak sandwich (the waitress was a little rude when she said, "you know Ahi is rare fish, right?!?!), my mom got the enchilada stack and I got the blackened chicken sandwich. It was all very good. The Ahi was so rare and delicious! We expected it to only have a little pink in the middle, but it was seared perfectly. The enchilada stack was a little big, but presented beautifully. The chicken sandwich was well dressed and the fries...the fries are so good. They are very thin, so they are crispy on the outside and still soft on the inside. I won't make a habit of going because it's a little pricey for the fact that it's a casual dining restaurant, but it was very good.
I enjoy Yardhouse, a lot. I love their fries, spinach dip, and the garlic chicken noodles. Their steak and shrimp is pretty good, too. Oh and of course their happy hour 3-6pm or after 11pm, half off appetizers! The Long Beach location is the best. Pasadena is mediocre. I have also been to the Newport Beach, CA, San Diego, CA, Scottsdale, AZ and Glendale, AZ. and Long Beach is the best. ;)
I like the Yardhouse. They have good appetizers and a good selection of beers. I also like the Cheesecake Factory, El Torito and some other other chains.
Here are some things that I like to get at the Yardhouse:
roasted whole artichoke appetizer (yum!)
I also get their fries, sometimes, but they are a bit too thin.