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Reviews by rhoadsrage:
2.95/5 rDev -19.6%
Driving into the planned suburbia that reminds me of Stepford a found the Yardhouse with the same facade as every other building in the strip mall. Inside it has a nice open warehouse feel with a large oval wrap-around bar in the middle. There were taps lined up the along the a wall behind the bar. I was about the only man note in dark slacks and a button up shirt.
With 100 taps, I figured they would have one or two exciting beers but no such luck. They had Matilda and Robert the Bruce as the most interesting. As I do at most of these large generic beer bars I go for beers that are common and local but I haven't tried, or don't want to buy a whole 6 pack. I was surprised that they didn't have any real dark beers except Guinness and Shiner Bock as it was a chill fall day and that sounded nice.
They have 1/2 of the appetizers from 3-6, so the bartender said if I wait I can order of that menu. That was 10 minutes away. Seriously I had to wait 10 minutes to put my order in? That wasn't a big deal cause I just wanted a beer or two anyway. Most of the food was pub grub fancied up with a Asian inspired sauce. I had some the onion rings which came stacked on a metal stick with some Parmesan sprinkled on top and a chipotle dressing. They had no flavor or salt but it was still fried food, so they were not to bad.
I'm not sure I would go back to this place not because it was bad just because it was a bit boring in terms of beer selection and food.
11-21-2007 19:02:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.55/5 rDev -3.3%
A climb through the Chicago rush hour traffic leaves me with a short stint at the hotel and a thirst that only beer can quench. A quick search of the Beer Advocate BeerFly section and www.beermapping.com tells me that the Yard House is the best choice in the vacinity. Giddy-up!
A charge into the semi-new urbanist neighborhood carries a sense of charm and newness that's somewhat quaint and somewhat grotesquely pristine. I've always found it odd to see these compact, all-inclusive designed neighborhoods out in a prairie or a cul-de-sac ridden subdivision. Stay on topic Kevin, stay on topic.
Diagonal parking a block up the street was no problem on a lazy Tuesday night, but the view of parking garages around suggests that parking in the area can be cumbersome at times. Past an ice cream joint, a steak house, and a few night life venues, here's the Yard House at the anchored corner. A step inside conveys a send of warehousey minimalist architecture with exposed ceiling joists, duct work, and pendant lighting. It's not too much off of the look and feel of Buffalo Wild Wings anywhere. The large bar sits smack-dab in the middle of the joint with a large racetrack oval arrangement. I'm guessing 50 patrons can belly up along the wood and glass bar. Although the menu clearly spelled out the beer offerings, it took a couple laps for me to decide.
Round one led me to the stalwart Yard House Pale Ale, and then on to Two Brothers Resistance Ale, Big Sky Moose Drool, and Timmerman's Strawberry Lambic. Though the evening kept the vast restarurant half full, the bar staff was fairly friendly, albeit a tad pretentious and knew their products reasonably well but probably over-sold their beer knowledge a little. But a peruse of the beer menu gives about 50 options that range from a few industrial lagers to a wide array of higher craft options, but nothing earth shaking. Three Floyds, Two Brothers, Half Acre, and Goose Island seemed to be the finest of their ales.
Since dinner was in our rear view mirror, we couldn't resist dessert. The fresh baked brownie with mint chocolate chip ice cream was certainly more than I could handle, but I ate it anyway.
The bar overall has an Applebee's-ish feel to it and I never really got comfortable with the polished and overly sculpted pretend-old look, nor with the classic rock music that might have appealed to me more in the 1986. Regardless, my thirst has been quenched and my nerves are settled. Time for bed as I have a full trip of beer-related activities planned for the short week in the windy city.
05-31-2012 18:41:33 | More by BEERchitect
Yard House in Glenview, IL
85 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.