Friday, November 27, 2009

Checking In On the Yard House...

Yard House Irvine
Irvine Spectrum

So it has been about two years since I have been to the Irvine location of the Yard House. Whenever I am at the Spectrum I usually opt for Cheesecake Factory, PF Changs, or Chammps. So many great choices that Yard House kind of gets lost in the shuffle. When I was younger the sleek look and loud music of Yard House would have attracted me every time. Oh the curse of getting old!

Yard House has 26 locations in 10 states. Each restaurant has between 100 to 250 beers on tap. So of course the bar is the main focus of the place, but we are here to sample their food, which deserves some billing also. The menu has great variety and is not your typical bar food. Prices range between 10 dollars to 30 dollars for steak and shrimp.


This was Katie's Mixed Greens salad. At $6.45 it was enough for both of us to share. I really liked the salad, the balsamic vinaigrette dressing was great and this was a nice way to start off our meal.

Okay here is my Blue Crab Cake Hoagie. This sandwich has some of my favorite food items all in one place. Bacon, swiss cheese, avocado, a very good spicy aioli sauce, and of course crab. The strong flavors of this sandwich all mesh together quite well to form a truly great sandwich. The fries are okay, but are no match for the over-powering goodness of the sandwich. Job well done on this pick.

Next up was Katie's pick. After a long, hard decision she decided on the Mac + Cheese. This was not your typical blue box mac and cheese. This mac and cheese included big chunks of chicken, chopped bacon, mushrooms and two kinds of cheeses. And if that does not sound rich enough for you, they also include white truffle oil. Katie had a hard time finishing it, so of course I had to help her out. I found the dish rich and creamy. It was a really good scene. Katie also liked it.

So if we learned anything about the Yard House it should be that they are just not a bar, they actually have really good food and should not be over-looked when you are at the Spectrum. You just have to be in the mood for loud rock music and dark lighting.

If you would like to get more information about the Yard House, check them out at

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Fun Day at Garf's!

Garf's Sports Lounge
3046 Bristol St.
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

So my friends and I have had no luck trying to watch football on Sunday mornings. A lot of places think that just because they have lots of TVs, that people will put up with lousy service or sub-par food. So heading to Garf's in Costa Mesa, I was not expecting much, but that was about to change.

Garf's is a rundown sports lounge that has seen better days. but they know how to treat their customers. Before the morning games start, the manager is at our table asking what games we want where. This is super cool and does not happen in very many places. The waitress, Melanie was on top of our drink orders and was also over at our table every time we had a new edition to our party. So now on to the food...


Katie started with the breakfast burrito with bacon. She really liked the burrito and it really filled her up. The potatoes had cheese and onions on them and tasted great according to her. I would have liked a little more flavor, but I have really been on a Tapitio kick lately.

Next, was Clay's Denver omelet. He really liked the omelet and thought that the eggs were done perfectly. The omelet had a lot of ham and bell pepper on it. He liked the potatoes but was not in awe of them. His potatoes did not have as much cheese on them as Katie's. They probably know that this guy is trouble, so they wanted to give him a hard time.

Next was Chris's chef salad. From the picture, you can see that they went really heavy on the ham and the cheese, but trust me there is salad under there somewhere. Chris did not really comment too much on the salad, but it looked appetizing from across the table. At $9.50, it looks like he got his money worth.

Next up was my patty melt with swiss cheese. Really tasty burger, a little greasy, but not too much. The fries were actually crisp, unlike a lot of places steak fries. A half-pound patty melt and fries for $8.25, is a great deal, plus you get to watch your football team win, in a relaxed atmosphere. Garf's really did make our Sunday a fun day! So three cheers to Garf's Good times!

For more information on Garf's, check out their web site at

Friday, November 13, 2009

A night out at Woody's Diner

Woody's Diner
24321 Avenida De La Carlota
Laguna Hills, CA

So on a recent visit to Lonestar Steakhouse, my girlfriend and I looked across the parking lot and saw Woody's Diner occupying the spot that had once been Islands. I, of course was ready to give it a try, but considering that we just both had prime rib dinners at Lonestar, we decided we would wait a few days.

Fast forward to this past Thursday night, and we found ourselves out at Woody's. The place was deserted, at seven o'clock. We were met by a very cheery hostess, who sat us promptly. Our waiter got our drinks to us quick and then we decided what to have. The menu is typical diner faire with a lot of variety. They serve breakfast all day long, but we both opted for dinner.

I started with this side salad. Pretty mediocre, nothing to write home about. I thought the 4.75 price tag was a little over the top for some iceberg lettuce, cucumbers and three cherry tomoatoes, something I could of had at home for about two dollars.


Here is Katie's meal. She had the BBQ chicken wrap. She liked it and thought that it had a lot of chicken. I took a bite of it and thought that it was bland tasting, but wraps are not really my favorite things. I thought they could have used a little more BBQ ranch sauce on it, it was kind of dry to me.

Now on to my meal. I had the Bacon cheeseburger, ( I know big suprise for those of you that know me, I always love trying bacon burgers.) Anyways, when the burger got to the table it hit me, why do places always place the bacon strips in a cross? When you order a bacon burger you really want to taste bacon in every bite, so this is how it should come out of the kitchen.....

Now that is a little better. The bacon on this burger was a little fatty, which I do not mind, but I know that some of you do. The patty was juicy, but the third pound burger left me wanting for more. You can add an extra patty for $1.50, but that makes this burger top out at a whopping $10.45! Too much for this burger.

So as we left Woddy's I felt it was an okay place, not anything too great. I hear they have better breakfasts, so we will probably give them another shot when we are in a breakfast mood.

Here is the web site if you would like to check them out. The Laguna Hills location is not listed though.

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