Brunch Now Offered at the Shops at Merrick Park
By Lizzie Wilcox
Already known for its late-night happy hour, Yard House is adding a new menu to the mix: brunch. Yard House began brunch service a couple months ago on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; now brunch lovers can indulge in bottomless mimosas, Bloody Marys and house beers for $15.
Yard House is no stranger to innovative dishes (poke nachos, fried Mac & cheese, moo shu egg rolls) and the brunch menu is no exception. We’ve all heard of chicken and waffles, but here, the Nashville Hot Chicken is paired with sweet potato pancakes. A perfect seasonal treat. The Bread Pudding French Toast is unlike anything we’ve ever had to break the fast. The battered bread pudding is cooked to a crispy golden brown, giving it a crunchy shell with a warm, gooey interior. Drizzle on maple syrup or dip it into the maple bacon cream sauce and you’re in heaven – or Canada.
Going in the opposite direction, a couple of dishes are inspired by our neighbor South of the Border, like the Machaca con Huevos. Shredded braised beef and scrambled eggs are mixed with onions, peppers and jalapeños, and topped with cheese, green tomatillo, and red ancho chili sauces. On the side are pinto beans and a generous serving of delicious Spanish rice. Mini tortillas are also served on the side so you can make your own breakfast tacos. For the less adventurous there are the brunch staples of a breakfast burger, steak and eggs, and – going with its cult following – avocado toast.
Whether you choose to dine inside or out, there are no bad choices. Inside on Sunday, the TVs show pre-game coverage of NFL games and post-game coverage from Saturday’s college games. Dining outside in the Shops at Merrick Park is especially pleasant this time of year with the cooler weather and holiday decorations. The bottomless drinks add a nice layer of warmth should the temps drop below 75.