Culinary Dropout at The Yard in Phoenix: Happy Hour Report Card

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Heather Hoch
Which one of these is not a happy hour deal?
The Spot: Culinary Dropout at The Yard, 5632 North Seventh Street Phoenix, 602-680-4040, http://www.foxrc.com/.

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The Hours: Happy Hour is offered from Monday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.

The Interior: The feeling of a Fox Restaurant Concepts joint is unmistakable. All style, little authenticity and constantly cashing in on its own hip shell -- kind of like its core customer base. The Yard isn't much different, although you can play ping-pong and cornhole here. They have the market cornered on inattentive attractive male servers in dapper outfits, but we kind of dropped that fantasy when we graduated high school. It's a pretty restaurant and that's what it does well.

Unfortunately, they don't spend as much time worrying about the rest of the joint. Case in point, they take reservations for the high tops around the bar, which, beside the bar itself, is the only place to get happy hour deals. We waited 20 minutes to get seated at one that had been reserved for a party that never came, even though time is of the essence for happy hour patrons.

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Heather Hoch
Chopped salad and Korean beef options are both $6 during happy hour.
The Food: After going to Culinary Dropout's original Scottsdale location and being disappointed by the food quality to pricing ratio, we don't know why we expected anything much different. The small chopped salad with avocado chunks, corn and beets was all right, but not worth $6 when that's supposed to be a deal. The Korean beef skewer was actually good, medium-rare, delicately spiced and impressive. But we were not impressed by the $6 price tag for one skewer.

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Heather Hoch
On the good side, their ever-changing chef's choice Antipasti plate for $6 was a good deal. Our sample included crostini, olives, pickled peppers, Prairie Breeze cheddar, breadsticks and culatello prosciutto--a nice spread for a reasonable price. Although the salted caramel custard doesn't have happy hour pricing, we had to get some because that's the one dish we know CD does right. The creamy, sweet, salty and smooth custard, topped with housemade caramel corn, is well worth the $7 price tag.

The Drink: While The Yard offers a lot of yummy signature cocktails on their "Vices" menu, you won't be getting a tequila and tangy El Matador at a discounted rate during happy hour. You can choose from $3 mug beer, $4 well cocktails and $6 "double blinds", which is a beer and a shot. Mugs can either be Guinness, Stella, San Tan's Epicenter or Oskar Blue's Dale's Pale Ale, although their full draft beer menu has more options.

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Heather Hoch
The Conclusion: If you want to check out this new spot, go soon. It's mostly outside and will likely be unbearably hot for the most part in about a month. The service isn't great and we didn't like having to valet park. The food is exactly what you'd expect from Fox, not great and certainly not worth the price, and the drink offerings are pretty stingy.

Grade: C+

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Location Info

Culinary Dropout at The Yard

5632 N. 7th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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arlenew41
arlenew41


This place is the bomb! The food and service were great!!!!!The place is fun and interesting and has a good future forcast. The yard is a fun place with as great patio and game venue. It hass free valet parking!!!!!!!!!! We loved it!  The pretzel rolls and cheese fondue and creamed potatoes!!!WOW

1wayfaringpilgrim
1wayfaringpilgrim

Interesting, the 60-something pastor at my church is just head over heels about this place, but then he's all about trying to stay "hip" and "relevant".  I'm thinking this place isn't going to do the trick for him, except maybe in his own mind.

ezhik2
ezhik2

The best passive-aggressive review of the year. So far. The short of it: you liked the food and the drinks, it was not your price range, it was similar to what you get at other Fox Restaurant Concepts. And you had a bad hair day, hence multiple bitter references to 'pretty' this and then and astonishingly school-age 'inattentive attractive male servers in dapper outfits.'

Darklord
Darklord

Sounds just like the Scottsdale location. Overrated.

Kay Morris
Kay Morris

Good review. My thoughts pretty much exactly, and what is with the valet park crap? Oh please you're not that special.

stempkowsk
stempkowsk

You're my hero, Heather. The emperor has no clothes. And you said so.

BizzieBee
BizzieBee

So so true. I worked for him for years. The ONLY thing good about his empire is his pastry chef. Everything else is overrated, overpriced, and there are numerous lies on his menu which make you think you are getting superior ingredients, when you are not

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