Another commute to the Bay Area and another stop along the freeway. This time in Pleasanton off the East 580 at Hop Yard Alehouse.
No expectations here other than I figured a brewery pub would have decent fish and chips, sandwiches and burgers. I ordered the Sierra Madre burger. The burger was good, just not outstanding, nor was it cooked to order medium-rare, so I was a little disappointed but not upset. The patty was cooked to medium-plus, but was complemented by a good smoked cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, and decent bread. All in all, a good experience, just not the best I’ve had for sure.
However, the house made potato chips were worth the price of admission. With each crunch of potato chip, each medium-plus bite of burger faded away. These in-house potato chips were outstanding. The house made potato chips were in a class all by themselves. Simply salted, thick cut potato chips were some of the best I’ve ever had. I’m a bit tired out on French fries unless they’re really well made. I’d almost rather have a salad. I continue to try in-house potato chips, figuring that if they’re going through the trouble of making them, they should be good; which is not always the case. The Hop Yard certainly makes some of the best in-house potato chips I’ve had.