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Yard House

Here's a rollicking spot for beer lovers. The chain restaurant from California, named for the yard-high glass originally created to serve stagecoach drivers, spurts more than 200 beers on tap - the main draw. A unique system of chilled taps that run in long lines to the keg room keeps beers fresh and tasty -- and with a sampler option, hopheads can try several at a sitting. The huge island bar with stools in the center of the room parallels the open kitchen, where American fusion dishes fly out the service windows. It's a busy, lively spo, with classic rock on the speakers day and night. A late-night in-the-biz crowd comes for an after-shift brew. Moviegoers and families can be found at early hours, noshing on burgers (don't miss the béarnaise sliders), sandwiches, personal pizzas, and a good salad selection. Even the kids' menu has healthful sides such as jasmine rice or a green salad. A special "gluten sensitive" menu also is available. It's value priced too - the reason you see so many regulars here.

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