I was visiting my parents in Miami in December 2009 when my mom took me to lunch at a place called the Yard House. My mother told our waiter my entire life story and when she got to the part about me visiting from Boston, this young man offered up the fun fact that the Yard House was actually opening a Boston location.
I would soon find out that the location he was referencing was actually in Legacy Place in Dedham. Despite it's suburban location I was still looking forward to checking it out. I tried to go last July, however a freak, summer power outage kept me from my intended visit.
Tonight, over a year later, I finally experienced Massachusetts' first Yard House! I returned with the same friend who I met up with last summer for our first attempt and we were thrilled to be seated right away. We were greeted by our superb waitress who tossed coasters down onto the table as she took our drink order. I noticed right away how cool the artwork was on the coasters:
Though the Yard House boasts over 100 kinds of beer, we opted for a cocktail called the Southern Belle. It was sweet tea vodka, lemonade, fresh strawberries and fresh pineapple. Yum!
We started with the appetizer called the onion ring tower. This is the most beautiful presentation of onion rings I have ever seen! The tower came with a ranch dipping sauce and a chipotle dipping sauce. The onion rings were perfectly crispy with the sweetness of the onion on the inside.
For dinner, my friend ordered the ginger crusted salmon which came over wasabi mashed potatoes, snow peas, carrots and spicy peanut vinaigrette. It was topped with a heaping pile of fried carrot strings. A stunning presentation!
I ordered something off of the "Sub Vegetarian" menu, which is a menu composed of fake meat items! The Yard House uses Gardein, a chicken or beef substitute made from soy, wheat, pea proteins, vegetables and ancient grains. Usually I don't have many entree options on pub/bar menus, so this was incredible!
I decided on the Gardein "chicken" sandwich which came with Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and mayo on a poppy seed bun. It was incredibly delicious! My plate also came with a side of sweet potato fries which were excellent.
Our waitress boxed up our leftovers and asked if we'd like to order any dessert. We were so full we didn't even look at the menu. I know, a rarity.
The Yard House is a great place to park yourself for an afternoon or an evening while you watch a game, order a bunch of appetizers and try beer after beer. There are several tables and booths in the restaurants that can accommodate really large parties. If Dedham feels like too much of a haul from the city, fear not! The Yard House is opening a Fenway location in early 2012!