What's a Yum-beryard? I have no idea, but the man who made the suggestion to stop by and check out a new place he heard about, miss pronounced the actual places name and out came Yum-beryard! I thought, "Well, now we have to check it out, because that's the perfect title to my review if it's delicious." Thankfully, it was!
The Yum-beryard is actually the Lumberyard Pub which is located in the quaint little town of Afton. It's not a huge space, but they have plenty of patio real estate and if it's a beautiful day outside, why not enjoy the weather. We had been outside for most of the afternoon wondering the city and playing with our kiddos, so we were more interested in some air conditioning. If you do sit outside, you'll get a chance to enjoy some great acoustic music while you relax and enjoy the food and town.
Again, not a huge space inside, but the feeling of a cabin in a quaint little town is all your really need and the perfect historical resemblance of the properties former ownership, Interstate Lumber Co. One of the owners, Bill Mauer who is the older brother of Twins First Baseman Joe Mauer happened to be hanging out and I had a chance to meet him and share my experience immediately. That experience included some great food and some ice cold beverages. Time to share the cuisine!
We happened to be with our neighbors (a great weekend with this family), Dave, Jennifer and their twins and there was a bunch of items that grabbed our attention. After settling and ordering some ice cold brews for the adults and juice for the kiddos, we ordered our food.
Jennifer went for the Mandarin Chicken Salad - Tender chicken, baby savoy spinach blend, smoked almonds, mandarin oranges, wonton strips and roasted sesame dressing. She said it was delicious and would recommend it to other patrons.
Dave went for the BBQ Sandwich - Pulled pork, smoked provolone and the house-made lumberslaw. I'll talk a little bit more about the lumberslaw later, but I had a bite of Dave's sandwich and it was pretty darn tasty. The BBQ sauce they used was delicious and a nice smokey flavor as well. The addition of the lumberslaw was an excellent addition.
The kiddos went for the Mac N' Cheese and my little buddy had the Chicken Tenders and Mac. I thought the Mac was actually pretty tasty as simple as it was.
My wife went for the Buffalo Chicken Wrap - Tender chicken, buffalo sauce, lettuce, celery, BBQ blue cheese dressing rolled in a soft tortilla. She wasn't all that impressed and though it could use some more chicken. She also said that she would order it again, if they used the chicken tenders from the kids menu and to ensure there was plenty added to the wrap. It wasn't terrible, just nothing to brag about.
Last and certainly not least, I went for the Philly - Thin sliced sirloin, onions, green peppers, melted provolone cheese, horseradish mayonnaise and served on a warm ciabatta square roll. I asked the server how it was prepped because too many places screw Philly's up, sometimes BADLY! Once I heard how they prepared theirs, I knew I had to try it. And, I'm glad I did. It's a must try and I added it to my Philly top 10 list - On The Streets Of Philasota!. Go check out the list to see how they did.
If you have plans to go check out Afton for an afternoon to do a little shopping or to enjoy some Ice Cream at Selma's and in need of some lunch or dinner, check the Lumberyard Pub out.
3121 St. Croix Trail S.
Afton, MN 55001