Isn’t it exciting when new restaurants or attractions open up near to you? I am always on the lookout for new places to eat, and I had the pleasure of being invited to Yard of Ale Gastro Pub in Clearwater recently. This is their newest location, and I love that it is a bit more accessible to me. Not only is it closer to me, but it also has a great atmosphere and vibe! I mean, how cool is that curved wooden wall in one of the rooms we visited? You can also sit outside and enjoy a cocktail on the patio, sit indoors and watch one of the many TV screens on the walls, and even attend events.
Anyway, a group of us were treated to a food and drink pairing, and it was absolutely impressive! I have to admit: at first I would have thought we’d be dining on chicken wings and other fried food. I was dead wrong. Yard of Ale Gastropub is what it’s name implies. There is American fusion cuisine ranging from classic pub food to hearty entrees with a twist, a huge selection of beer, and craft cocktails too.
We began our culinary tour with fried shrimp topped with Thai chili, arugula, and sriracha, paired with Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc. What a way to start strong! This was one of my favorites of the evening. I could have eaten an entire plate of these bad boys all on my own. Yum.