By: Katarina Kovacevic
There’s no shortage of places to eat and drink here in Downtown Gilbert, but we still get excited anytime a new spot opens. Case in point: Culinary Dropout at the Yard, which debuted just about a month ago. Within the first couple of weeks of its opening, we found ourselves happy hour-ing here at least a handful of times and even chose it as the location to celebrate the launch of Thrive Coworking for Women’s new website! So, yes, we’re a little bit in love.
What is it about Culinary Dropout, exactly? I’m glad you asked! Let’s get into it:
#1: Happy Hour
Are you surprised?! Of course not. Happy Hour at Gilbert’s Culinary Dropout runs Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. Besides the extended timing, happy hour here is a treat for its cheap drinks (naturally), like $5 sangria and $4 draught pints, and Thrive-approved snacks like Korean Fried Chicken ($8), Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche ($9) and House Potato Chips with Onion Dip ($4). Plus, hand-cut fries are just $3, so you really just cannot go wrong.
#2: Weekend Brunch
Before I wax poetic about Culinary Dropout’s weekend brunch, I want to offer you some words of wisdom: Get here early because this place fills up on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about the goods: Smokehouse Hash (BBQ Pork with crispy potato and charred onion), Smoked Salmon Avocado Toast (with a sunny side up egg, of course) and their seriously stacked Breakfast Burrito (egg, sausage, potato and more), just to name a few.
#3: Two-Handed Shandies
Yes, they run $11-$12, but you’re basically getting two drinks in one. (You’re welcome.) Personal favorites around these parts is the Drunken Panda, which is a mash-up of cucumber infused sake, white tea syrup and calamansi (a fancy citrus) topped with a Lucky Buddha lager, and The Soiled Dove – añejo tequila, blackberry, dragonfruit syrup, grapefruit and Black Raven grapefruit “soda.”
#4: The Décor
We couldn’t not comment on this because, truly, the new Culinary Dropout is just so pretty. It’s big, it’s bright, it’s airy and it’s effortlessly sassy and stylish. There’s also plenty of space to sit and savor the scene, both inside and out. Even on its busiest days, it rarely feels overcrowded. In the “yard,” you’ll find laidback lounge seating as well as some fun lawn games, which can really keep the kiddos entertained while you kickback with a cold one.
#5: The “Gilbert Mural” On Its Eastern Exterior Wall
Let’s be honest – any new business in downtown that fully embraces its Gilbert-ness is a winner in our books. This fair town of ours has plenty of perks and it’s always nice to see a restaurant celebrate the local personality.
Have you been to Culinary Dropout at The Yard here in Gilbert yet? What’s your favorite drink or menu item?
Katarina Kovacevic is the owner of Redefined Communications, a company offering blogging and ghostwriting services for women in leadership, and female-focused and purpose-driven businesses. She’s also the founder and editor of RUBY Media, a digital media company that promotes female camaraderie, supports sisterhood and inspires women to make a difference in the world. You can connect with Katarina on Instagram or LinkedIn, or with RUBY on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.