Yard House


To celebrate my brother’s birthday my family went to Yard House in Glenview. I’d never been though my brother and nephews were familiar with the menu. The space was huge, very modern and sleek. Moreover, it was very loud. Lots of people chatting up a storm in a way that was merry rather than annoying. Yet this is not the spot when you want or need to converse in depth.

We started by sharing cheese curds, which I’d never had, even though this Wisconsin treat has made its way to Illinois and beyond and has sort of become a favorite of nerdy foodies. I had a watermelon margarita, which was fine, though it didn’t taste all that much like watermelon.

I had a ahi tuna sandwich, which consisted of seared ahi, caramelized onions, aioli sauce, lettuce on rye bread with sweet potato fries. I was delighted and brought half home for lunch the next day. The French dips, chicken sandwiches, salads and burgers all satisfied the other guests and everyone took doggie bags home.

I do tend to enjoy conversation at dinner. It doesn’t have to be super philosophical, but I want to be able to hear the stories my friends and family are sharing so the noise was a strike. I think eating outside might solve that problem. When the weather’s warm, you can eat outside on the sidewalk.

Word of the Week

Fetcher bill: n. “legislative bills that would take money from various persons or groups, and then withdraw them once (constitutionally protected) payments are made. These bills go by different names. In California they are called ‘juice bills,’ referring to their ability to squeeze those who would lose from taxation unless they pay up. In Illinois, they are called “fetcher bills,” for their ability to fetch money from otherwise victimized taxpayers who pay to avoid the greater financial pain. ‘Milker’ bills is another term used, for obvious reasons.” Retrieved from A Way with Words at https://www.waywordradio.org/fetcher_bill_1/

I came across this term in Crain’s Chicago Business in an article about politics and how pending legislation, which may never pass, is souring potential businesses from coming to Illinois because there are so many possible drawbacks.