If you were to ask me for a lunch/dinner recommendation in Miami Beach I would quickly yell “Yardbird Southern Table and Bar”. Then, I would hand you one of their business cards because in a perfect world I would carry them around.
It’s no secret I love Yardbird, I’ve written about the restaurant before. This place is so consistent and dependable (and delicious and fun) that it needs to be mentioned again. Plus, they recently opened a new location in Las Vegas and that’s very exciting!
We came here for the fried chicken, of course; it’s the restaurant’s specialty. We somehow managed to not freak out when we found out the frier was broken. The menu is filled with so many other goodies. Between five people we shared the ribs, the cornbread, the bone marrow, the fried green tomato BLT, the chicken liver toast and the iceberg wedge salad.
I knew we made the right decision when Jack looked at me with a BBQ stained smile and demanded we come back every time we visit Florida. I was all like “duuhhhh” as I tried to stop melted butter from streaming down my arm.
It got better from there.
In the last quarter* of dinner our waiter said there was an angel watching over us: they would now be serving the fried chicken again. I know, I know. We definitely didn’t need any more food but since Jack and I live half way around the world from Yardbird we indulged in Mama’s Chicken Biscuits. The hero dish!
Oh, and the drinks. They are just as tasty as the food! I am more of a wine and beer person but I can’t resist a cocktail here. The Southern Peach and the Watermelon Sling are among the favourites.
With it’s fancy southern flair, long wait time and cool atmosphere the restaurant can seem intimidating. But in reality Yardbird is welcoming and laid-back, which I think is exemplified in physical form by their Crunch-n-Munch Bread Pudding (M&M’s bread pudding, popcorn ice cream, and candied pretzels). 100% worth it.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar
1600 Lenox Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
*Are you watching the NBA playoffs? Go Golden State!