THE YARD HOUSE

IMG_0892Last weekend we had hoped to take a hike up in Malibu and check out some more Hollywood dining. However, we were a little too tired and fatigued from the previous week and opted for grabbing some burgers and fries at Yard House.IMG_0891IMG_0890We drove down to Marina Del Rey and had to wait about 10 minutes before being seated at this massive “upscale-casual” gastro pub in the heart of the Marina’s up and coming mall district. Loee recommended Yard House as we took a long while deciding on food and they have a long menu containing everything from deviled eggs to burgers and gourmet mac and cheeses. The style of food is definitely more Americana but they did have some Southwest  and asian style dishes if you wanted something more ethnic.IMG_0875IMG_0874We were seated at a high table by the bar (comfortable but barely large enough to hold 4 dishes and 4 open menus). They have a ton of craft beers and cocktails but we decided not to order drinks this time around. Loee and Joel did order a couple appetizers: Deviled eggs and a seriously gooey Lobster and Artichoke dip with fresh pita for the table. The pita to dip ratios was a little skewed but the mix of artichokes and seasoning and lobster was pretty good.IMG_0871IMG_0872IMG_0870For dinner we all got pretty varied dishes. Joel got the MEDITERRANEAN SEARED SCALLOPS (pan seared scallops with roasted pasilla & spicy hummus with a brown rice sun-dried tomato tabouleh) and LETTUCE WRAPS (stir fried, smoked tofu, pine nuts and green onions with three dipping sauces and choice chicken, tiger shrimp, or shiitake & portabella mushrooms). IMG_0885 Loee the BBQ BACON CHEDDAR BURGER (applewood smoked bacon, rum bbq sauce and garlic aïoli with fries) IMG_0886 IMG_0887 Jeff the GRILLED PASTRAMI (new york style pastrami with pickled jalapeños & mayo on garlic french bread with fries).IMG_0883I opted for the ROASTED TURKEY MELT (swiss, pickled jalapenos and mayo on garlic french bread with fries) and I have to say, this was the lightest least messy yet still full and savory sandwich I have ever had from a restaurant. Although it was stuffed it was light as air. Loee mentioned that although her burger was good, it was not her favorite dish from Yard House. As she frequents this place with coworkers she said that the Mac and cheese is definitely her favorite dish. The shoe string fries were delicious but they unfortunately left them out of mine and Jeff’s To-Go boxes. If you dont’ finish you meal make sure you ask for these little guys to go. The atmosphere was energetic but quite dark. The bar was huge however and there was plenty of seating that the wait seemed short even on a Saturday evening at dinner.IMG_0878IMG_0877 They have a wall of windows where you can check out all the beers they have brewing for the restaurant. They boast over 130 different beers and have plenty of huge 8 person booths for grabbing a drink and food with friends. IMG_0888 The wrap around bar had a ton of seats and flat screen TVs. For a relatively low LA dining price you can definitely find something to eat and watch at Yard House Check out their menu here. Thanks so much for reading! Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog and YouTube Channel for more L&A. xoxo

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