The Yard in Santa Monica is a serious scene that's pretty fun. Their "gastropub"fare is created by celebrity Top Chef CJ Jacobson. I strolled in late one night with Andra after work without resos. At the bar we ordered some great dishes from their dinner menu.
Fish tacos, with crème fraiche cumin slaw, guacamole, pickled jalapeno salsa @ $11 would have been fantastic, had the slaw not been loaded with a bit too much cumin for my taste. Just a hint would have been enough for me to arouse my taste buds.
Farmer’s market, Tenerelli farms peaches, Buratta, basil, olive oil, sea salt @ $11: Now that is a great combo. It had peaches that were justpast their time of perfection. I was left yearning for some perfectly ripe ones.
I left The Yard in Santa Monica wishing I'd had the dishes as they were intended. I'll certainly give The Yard another chance though. Especially with their fab menu:
Tutti Frutti Farms Heirloom Tomato Salad. Goat cheese, dill, house crouton $12
Farmer’s market, Tenerelli farms peaches, Buratta, basil, olive oil, sea salt $11
Jaime Farms beets, grilled avocado, garrotxa cheese, radish, lettuce, hazelnuts $11
Paprika spiced calamari, roasted marinara, fried lemon $10
Fried pig ear, harissa aioli, Honey, pickles $10
Fish tacos, crème fraiche cumin slaw, guacamole, pickled jalapeno salsa $11
Grilled baby back ribs, house slaw: cabbage, radish, coriander, mint $12
Crispy Duck Confit, grilled tenerelli nectarines, market beans, hazelnut $14
Pan seared diver scallops, citrus, roasted carrots, artichoke puree, ginger date vinaigrette $19
Skirt steak, watercress, grilled balsamic grapes, horseradish crème fraiche $18
Summer Vegetable risotto, parmesan, Mint, Smoked Almonds $12
Braised Crispy Beef Cheek, potato puree, Market Vegetable, pickled golden raisins $16
Mini Pulled pork Sliders, yard bbq sauce, crispy onions, pickle, fries (spf add $1) $12
Sliders, neuskie’s smoked bacon, cheddar, fries (spf add $1) $12
King Crab Mac n Cheese, Sauteed Market kale, crispy Bread Crumbs $15
Turkey Bolognese, spaghetti, parmesan, basil, cracked pepper $12
yard burger, grafton cheddar, grilled onions,1000 Island, tomato, fries(spf +$1) $14
Cheese plate by andrew’s cheese shop (choose 3-$14, choose 2-$10)
Cabot clothbound cheddar Grevenbroecker (cow, Belgian blue)
Zamarano (spanish sheep, olive notes) Dante (Wisconsin sheep, rich, nutty)
Coolea (cow, irish gouda) Acapella (Petaluma, goat)
Secret du Couvent (raw cow, smooth, fruity)
Sautéed greens, sherry, chili, honey $6 triple cooked fries $5 sweet potato $6
Coffe Pot d'Creme with biscotti $9
Peach Cobbler (deconstructed) ginger ice cream, crumble $9
Strawberry Mint Semifreddo, marinated harry’s berries, arugula cookies $9
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