Thursday, April 27, 2017

Yard House Introduces New Menu Items, Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Yard House - Springfield Town Center

From our friends at Yard House...

Yard House Adds Some New Sweet and Savory Menu Items Along with Toast-Worthy Cocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Cutting-edge comfort foods include fried mac + cheese, gluten-free carbonara and one meaty pizza

Yard House will introduce five new menu items along with a half-dozen new cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages beginning May 1.

Executive Chef Carlito Jocson has been busy behind the kitchen door creating dishes that include a new twist on an old favorite, a meaty pizza, gluten-free pasta and a pair of desserts.

Fried Mac + Cheese:
It’s the dipping sauce and texture that gives this classic dish a new and tasty twist. The Fried Mac + Cheese, which is perfect for sharing and pairs well with craft beer, is formed into sticks and rolled in Panko bread crumbs then fried to a crisp golden brown. The dish is accompanied by organic tomato bisque and porcini cream sauce for dipping.

Bucatini Carbonara:
For the first time in its history, Yard House offers gluten-free pasta. This Italian staple features a hollowed-out, gluten-free noodle that cradles an array of ingredients including pancetta, butternut squash and sage. It’'s finished with a black pepper Parmesan cream sauce and topped with a fried egg.

The Carnivore:
A pizza like no other and one that is sure to appeal to those who are carnivores at heart, this shareable dish is layered with pepperoni, seasoned beef, spicy sausage and crispy bacon with mozzarella and classic tomato sauce. Add a pint, goblet or half-yard of beer for a perfect pairing.

Strawberry Shortcake:
Yard House takes this classic dessert and gives it a southern accent by replacing the more traditional sponge cake with a flakey buttermilk biscuit. Fresh strawberries are topped with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream.

Blueberry Banana Crumble:
Blueberry pie is elevated with plump berries tossed with bananas, brown sugar, butter and cinnamon and baked with butter crumble topping for a crisp finish. The crumble is served with vanilla ice cream, dusted with powdered sugar and garnished with a sprig of mint.  

“We like to introduce new items to our menu a couple of times a year,” said Carlito Jocson, executive chef of Yard House. The mac and cheese, pizza and carbonara are all classic dishes that have been updated using different techniques and ingredients. The desserts reflect what’s in season this time of year and are lighter in taste and texture.”

Jocson added that the new cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages are also reflective of the season, evidenced with the use of fresh berries and herbs. New cocktails include:

Caribbean Breeze:
Consider this island-inspired cocktail a vacation in a glass. Made with Cruzan Pineapple Rum and Cruzan Banana Rum, it includes aromatic bitters, house-made citrus agave blend, orange juice, fresh strawberries and is topped with Riondo Prosecco.

Blackberry Smash:
Cocktail smashes, known for their fruity flavor profiles, have been around since the first julep recipe appeared in Jerry Thomas’ 1862 The Bon Vivant’s Companion, or How to Mix Drinks. Fast forward more than 150 years later with Yard House’s interpretation that includes a blend of Svedka Raspberry Vodka and St. Germain Elderflower. This version also includes orange bitters, house-made citrus agave blend, blackberry syrup, fresh lime and mint.  

Black Barrel Paloma:
Hornitos Black Barrel Tequila coupled with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur creates a unique flavor profile with house-made citrus agave blend, ruby red grapefruit juice and fresh lime. The woody flavor takes the cocktail to an entirely different level with the grapefruit adding a hint of citrus to this tequila-based drink.

Non-alcoholic beverages, both just 100 calories, include the Sparkling Mango Berry Soda and the Sparkling Cucumber Berry Soda.

Yard House has also updated its wine list adding more quality wines at approachable prices with new vintages available by the bottle and glass.

Yard House will debut its new menu items and beverages May 1 at all of its locations excluding King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, and The Battery Atlanta. These two locations, which both opened in the last month, will add the new entrées, desserts, cocktails and non-alcoholic beverages later this summer.

Open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining, Yard House offers one of the largest selections of draft beers along with a menu of American favorites. For more information, visit or follow on social media @yardhouse.

About Yard House:
When Yard House opened in 1996 in Long Beach, California, it revolutionized the restaurant industry by creating a 250-tap draft beer system. Its lofty design, warm wood accents, and industrial vibe with the use of steel and chrome, made it a dining destination from the start.

Twenty years and 67 restaurants later, Yard House still leads the way with great food, classic rock and a vast selection of draft beer while evolving into an award-winning dining destination known for its menu of American favorites, crafted cocktails and endless fleet of tap handles featuring the best American craft beer and imports.  The exhibition kitchen creates more than 100 items made from scratch daily with quality ingredients and globally inspired flavors.   The menu reads like a road trip across America and guests can select from an array of items, including grilled burgers, gourmet salads, street tacos, steaks, seafood and house favorites.

Each Yard House has its own distinct beer list with a handful of taps reserved for local and regional brewers along with an offering of seasonal and small-batch selections as part of the rotating “Chalkboard Series.” The glass-enclosed keg room showcases hundreds of steel barrels containing as much as 4,000 gallons of beer that flow to the center-island bar through an extensive network of tubing positioned overhead. From there the beer is fed to the taps where it’s served ice-cold by the pint, 9-ounce shorty, goblet or half-yard glass container. Yard House is also well-known for its classic rock boasting a library of 10,000 songs with each location having its own distinct playlist. Yard House is open daily for lunch, dinner and late-night dining.