By Melanie Garcia
Many would argue that Southern cooking is more than just a meal; it’s an experience.
You’re not eating for flavor alone (although flavor never lacks) but rather eating to gather, to love, to savor and indulge. And that’s exactly what you’ll do when you visit Yardbird Southern Table and Bar.
“Honest Goodness,” is what the chefs call it, and this trendy new hotspot that recently brought its talent to South Beach, has everyone talking soul food.
Spearheaded by Executive Chef Jeff McInnis, a Top Chef alum, Yardbird proudly pays homage to the south by using mostly local, farm-fresh ingredients for classic dishes.
We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Sunday brunch (also offered on Saturday’s, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).
We started with some buttermilk biscuits ($5) because nothing says south like well-made biscuits. These deliciously fluffy and flavorful biscuits came with homemade jam and Tupelo honey butter. We then moved on to Southern staple number two: Chicken and Waffles ($26). The skillet-fried chicken was crunchy and tasty and seasoned perfectly with spicy tupelo honey. The waffles came with butter pecan butter and were rich and tasty. Portions are large enough to share.
For the more traditional brunch fare, try the daily omelet ($12), which is made with Lake Meadow’s organic eggs and served with fresh fruit and those delicious buttermilk biscuits! You can also add a variety of veggies to the omelet for an additional cost.
We caved into temptation and also ordered the House Smoked Salmon and Egg Sandwich ($14), served on open-faced grilled bread with a sunny side up egg and side of fresh local greens and creamy goat cheese. If you’re feeling adventurous, this is your go-to dish.
Other brunch menu items include the Morning Quiche ($10) with melted leeks, grilled corn, slow roasted tomatoes, butter beans, goat cheese, and flakey pie dough. We also encourage that you venture into other areas, such as The Bread Box (wide selection of muffins and beignets) and salads and soups, which offer everything from Bloody Mary Gazpacho ($9) to Fresh Farm Tomatoes ($8).
Of course, Yardbird also has an extraordinary selection of lunch and supper dishes that are generating a buzz among local foodies. In addition, the restaurant hosts a fully stocked, premium bar if you’re craving a drink in a cool ambiance.
If you’re planning a soulful Saturday or Sunday brunch feast at Yardbird, we suggest you make reservations at least two hours in advance. The restaurant is always busy with tourists and locals in the mood for some southern food and hospitality.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar
1600 Lenox Ave.
Miami Beach, Fl. 33139
Sunday through Thursday, noon – midnight
Friday & Saturday, noon – 2 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.