By Leanne Signoriello – Opinion Editor
The Fenway area attracts both locals and tourists given its proximity to popular attractions like Fenway Park, the House of Blues, a number of restaurants on Lans- downe Street, and one of my personal favorites, CityTarget. However, the area is home to another restaurant, a hidden gem worth checking out, Yard House.
Yard House is a classier take on the average sports bar, a dimly-lit restaurant with an upscale atmosphere. You are still able to watch the highly anticipated game on one of the many flat screens in the restaurant, while dining on a number of comfort food favorites, all served with a unique twist.
You will have a hard time deciding what to order from the menu, with an overwhelming selection from the exten- sive menu that ranges from a spicy tuna roll appetizer to street tacos.
Vegetarians will be pleased to find a number of items that they can enjoy from the regular menu, including orange peel chicken, buffalo wings, and a barbeque chicken pizza, all made with a chicken substitute of soy, wheat, and pea proteins (which, I promise, is a lot more appetizing than it sounds).
Those who are over 21 are presented with plenty of drink options, as Yard House features more than 100 craft and imported beers on tap that you can either enjoy at the comfort of your own table or at the bar, comfortably seating nearly 50 people. Yard House’s claim to fame is serving their craft beers in a yard glass.
The table started with the spinach cheese dip ($12.45). The warm, four cheese, and spinach blend, accompanied with crispy flatbread, was a great way to begin the meal while we waited for entrées.
Our appetizer was followed with a barbecue chicken pizza ($14.45), and the macaroni and cheese ($17.45). The 10” pizza is loaded with shredded chick- en, cheese, red onion, and the perfect amount of barbecue sauce. The macaroni and cheese is served piping hot, with a generous amount of large pieces of chick- en, mushrooms, and bacon.
There are plenty desserts to order. We ended up deciding on the trio sampler ($10.45) including peach cobbler, crème brulee, and chocolate cake with ice cream. Even though our stomachs were full, we didn’t hesitate to finish every bite of the desserts which were rich but not too sweet, leaving the entire table satisfied.
The Yard House is located at 126 Brookline Avenue in Boston and is open Monday to Thursday 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. and on Friday and Saturdays until 1:20 a.m.