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Yard House offers Eat Late menu

Yard 4It’s after 10 p.m. –where do you go for a late night meal?

Yard House.

Yard House is encouraging diners to “get their grub on” with their Eat Late menu that’s available daily after 10 p.m. and served until close (usually 1 a.m. or later).

Inspired by the urban street food movement, the menu matches the late night mood: lower lighting, louder music, communal spirit.

“Our new Eat Late menu is designed for people making their last stop of the evening after a night on the town or working the swing shift,” says Carlito Jocson, executive chef for Yard House. “The menu is really reflective of the ambiance at that hour: loud, laidback and casual.”

We sampled the simple four-item menu, and were impressed with all four, starting with the Monte Cristo Pups: Ham, Turkey and Swiss cheese mini YArd 6sandwiches deep-fried and dusted with powdered sugar, served alongside a jalapeno peach syrup. The large, bite-sized portions were perfectly done–crispy on the outside and gooey on the inside.

Up next: the Pastrami Dog, an all-beef hot dog topped with thin slices of pastrami, yellow horseradish mustard and fried green cabbage drizzled with malt vinegar. The generous portion is nearly impossible to eat by hand. The flavors in the pastrami and hot dog blend well, and the cabbage adds extra texture to a fun dish.

Our favorite is the Black Truffle Cheeseburger: A natural beef patty grilled and topped with house-made truffle cheese, tomato bacon jam and placedYard 3 on a potato bun. The truffle cheese provides an intense flavor without going over the top, and our burger was cooked to perfect. Again, the flavor combinations work perfectly. The burger does not come with fries, but you can add them to any order (try the sweet potato fries with maple bacon cream dip–insanely good)..

And then there’s the Chilaquiles dish: A crisp mound of tortilla chips tossed with onion and smoky chipotle sauce then topped with jack cheese, sour cream, guacamole, tomatillo sauce and a fried egg. Imagine recreating nachos as a late night breakfast dish, and you’ll get the picture. Not the easiest dish to eat, but certainly fun and flavorful.

Yard 5And in case you’re wondering, these new items are in addition to Yard House’s normal late night happy hour, offered in most areas Sunday – Wednesday, with select half-price appetizers and drink specials.

For more information, including a Yard House location near you, visit Yardhouse.com.

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This entry was posted on June 1, 2013 by in Dining Out and tagged , , , .
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