I visited last Saturday with my roommate before we headed to Thunder Valley for an AWESOME Train concert.
Yard House is a chain restaurant that began in Southern California. The restaurant was founded by Steele Platt (along with partners Harald Herrmann and Carlito Jocson) who wanted to create a restaurant that would offer one of the largest selections of draft beers, and a vast menu of American fare. The first Yard House opened along the Long Beach waterfront in Southern California in 1996.
The restaurant takes its name from the 3-foot-tall glass containers originally designed in Great Britain and used to hand stagecoach drivers after a long journey by horse drawn carriage. Each Yard House location features a center island bar and an endless fleet of tap handles ranging from classic lagers to more obscure ales. The glass-enclosed keg room is essentially the pulse of the operation housing as much as 5,000 gallons of beer at a time. Three to five miles of individual beer lines stretch overhead from the keg room to the island bar maintaining a constant temperature of 34-36 degrees keeping the beer consistently fresh and chilled for every pint.The extensive menu of American fusion cuisine features more than 130 items including appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, grilled burgers, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks and ribs. There is also a kids menu and a gluten-free menu.
Yard House is obviously famous for all those beers on tap, but here is a quick snap of the wine they serve by the glass. (You can click on the picture to enlarge it).
The view from where we were seated… in a booth large enough to lie down in.
This Caesar salad came out with our entrees (we each got one this size). My favorite part of it was the parmesan crisps. I didn’t even need my croutons or dressing.
It was one of the best concerts I have ever seen. There were several factors contributing to this. One was that the weather was just perfect. Another reason is because the venue is great. Thunder Valley’s
outdoor stage is literally built on part of their parking lot and every seat is close enough that it is worth the ticket price. Also, the sound is great no matter where you are sitting. I know because I have seen two shows there this year from two completely different areas in the amphitheater.
You still have time to catch some great shows, but a lot of them have been selling out, so if you see an act you want to see, buy your tickets sooner than later. Here’s a link to the rest of the summer’s lineup
Also, every Sunday at Thunder Valley they will be having “H2O Sundays at the Pool”, an outdoor playground of sorts featuring poolside music, cabanas, drink specials, giveaways and contests. Tickets are $35 and $25 for Thunder Valley members and you get two specialty drinks with your admission. For more information or to buy tickets, go here.
The pool parties begin today and run every Sunday through September 25th.