One of my new favorite places that recently opened Downtown is Yard House located in the Sheraton (1555 Court Place). Yard House started in California in 1996 and has since spread to 30 plus locations in 11 states. The two times I have stopped by, one for lunch and one for happy hour, the place was filled to the brim. Your best bet to try it out would to be to go during an off time for now until the dust settles. Although with its location on the 16thStreet mall I can see it being a very popular lunch/happy hour spot for quite a while.
Yard House is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:00AM until 12:00AM and Friday and Saturday from 11:00AM until 1:00AM. They run lunch specials Monday-Friday from 11AM until 5PM. They have great options for under ten dollars which include a wide variety of lunch size portions. Some menu items to choose from include Thai Noodles with chicken, BBQ chicken Salad, Roasted Turkey Cobb, Mac and Cheese Squared and Angel Hair Pasta. On top of this they also offer a half a sandwich or pizza served with a salad or cup of soup. The crab cake hoagie with French Onion Soup is to die for and very filling as well. They also offer a large variety of vegetarian items made with Gardein.
The atmosphere at Yard House is wonderful. It is absolutely huge, well decorated and has huge windows that allow for 16thstreetpeople watching and lots of light filtering in. The bar area is large and smack dab in the middle is literally over 150 tap handles of your favorite brews. They do make their own brews right on sight as well. Along with your standard drafts (in a variety of sizes), you can enjoy beer blends as well as yummy beer floats. Why not drink your dessert? If beer is not your thing, they also have a huge selection of specialty drinks, martinis, wine and champagne; literally something for everyone. Yard House is a great place to go for all occasions. The staff is friendly and accommodating which makes the experience even better.