We are lucky to have some good restaurants in Northridge and most of them are near or at the Northridge Fashion Center. This week marks the opening of a wonderful chain restaurant at the mall. It is located where the Cost Plus World Market has been for the past several years. I was saddened by the closing of that store and many others in the “new” section of the mall which is adjacent to the movie theaters. I am now hopeful that having the Yard House there will bring more new stores and restaurants to that part of town.
The Yard House is on the Plummer Street side of the mall and the closest parking is near the movie theaters. Parking is free, but they do provide valet parking.
YARD HOUSE NORTHRIDGE
9301 Tampa Avenue
Northridge, CA 91324
HOURS OF OPERATION
Open 11:00 am daily
Food Last Call
Alcohol Last Call
The Yard House has a Facebook Page that has pictures and events posted. It seems like a great place to work and the staff appear to enjoy being part of a community. Their online presence makes you feel like a part of something and I liked that.
The service is very good. I have eaten at the one in Lancaster, CA and I enjoyed it. I went there for a late dinner with my nephew after a photo shoot. We drove out of our way to eat there and I was so hungry. I thought it might be out of my price range that evening and they had a huge menu. I just wanted a quick bite! I was pleasantly surprised that they had a late night happy hour! We ordered and appetizer and sliders. We also did a sampler of their brews. Everything was terrific and very affordable!
This past weekend, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a VIP party at the Yard House in Northridge which preceded a “Soft Opening.” What does all that mean? It means free food and drinks! I had the unique opportunity to try samples of many of the menu items as well as awesome full size cocktails from the bar. I want to thank the Yard House and their marketing team for having this event. I was so pleased to be able to share with my online community by Tweeting and posting pictures to Instagram about the event. This is why bloggers are invited and a friend from my So Cal Lady Bloggers group on Facebook was nice enough to include me.
As soon as I walked in the door, servers were offering me samples of food which were served in bite sized portions on small plates. Here is what I got to try:
- FIRECRACKER WINGS boneless chicken, tossed in a spicy sesame garlic plum glaze garnished with green onions, the
- BLUE CRAB CAKES with mango papaya chutney, passion fruit beurre blanc and tomato oil
- SHIITAKE GARLIC NOODLES tossed with butter, garlic & shiitake mushrooms, topped with parmesan & chives
- GINGER CRUSTED NORWEGIAN SALMON wasabi mashed potatoes, snow peas, carrots and spicy peanut vinaigrette topped with fried carrot strings
- MINI CREME BRULEE with vanilla bean custard and chocolate topped with caramelized bananas
My son (who was graciously my “plus one”) and I made our way through the very large restaurant and found an open table outside on the spacious patio. It was drizzling but there were large umbrellas over all the tables and powerful heaters so we were very comfortable outside. Our server, Sean, came by and asked if he could bring us anything and took our drink orders. He answered our questions and made us feel right at home. He brought me my first of the two free drinks that were included for the VIP event.
Here are the drinks that I tried from the Specialty Drink Menu:
- ESCALADE MARGARITA 1800 silver tequila, cointreau, hpnotiq, sweet & sour, fresh lime & orange, sugar rim
SOUTHERN BELLE jeremiah weed sweet tea vodka, lemonade, fresh strawberries and pineapple
MOJITO cruzan citrus rum or traditional | mango • pomegranate • strawberry
I give the Yard House in Northridge an A+! Everything was wonderful! I really liked the Margarita. I didn’t finish the Southern Belle because it was too fruity and sweet for me. Sean offered me something else to try and I asked for the Mojito. Also a bit sweet, I added some water and ice and it was perfect.
The music they played was fantastic, I loved it because it was mostly 80’s music and I thought I must fit the demographic for this place perfectly! My teenage son enjoyed the TV screens all around (yes, even on the patio.) When the event was over and we had finished our second serving of the Banana Creme Brulee, Sean told us that we could stay and were welcome to order off the menu if we wanted to pay for a meal or any more drinks. We decided to take a look at the menu.
Confession #1, I ate too much! I tried all of those samples and because they were mini versions I felt like I had eaten a small amount. I realized that I was full just about the time our entrees arrived!
Confession #2, I drank too much! I didn’t drink all three drinks, but they were full size drinks with a lot of alcohol and fruit. Too sweet for me being a Diabetic. My bad! Slap my hand, please! I should have had a glass of wine. The Yard House has a great big menu with lots of choices, an extensive wine list and a beer menu. They also have a FRESH & SKINNY drink menu! The next time I go there, I will be sure to try a cocktail from that menu. The Yard House caters to an eclectic crowd and has specialty menues to serve any taste. In addition to the “skinny” drink choices, there are full menues for the vegan, the gluten sensitive, the health conscious, the gourmet and even kids!
My son and I enjoyed the foods we tried. Here is what we ordered from the menu:
- (MAC + CHEESE)2 chicken breast, applewood bacon, wild mushrooms, cheddar, parmesan, campanelle pasta and truffle oil
- CHICKEN ENCHILADA STACK pasilla peppers, garlic cream, jack cheese, corn tortillas, pinto beans, tomatillo, red chili sauce and sour cream
Luckily, Dan (our second awesome server, yes we were there for a long time!) brought us a “doggie bag” to take home our left overs!