Florida Dining: Yardbird

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lenox Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida

Web Site: http://runchickenrun.com

Since moving to South Florida in July of 2012, I haven’t really done much with investigating the local fine dining scene. My food blogging activities have been more or less curtailed by my new job, and also by focusing more on technology writing.

But now that things have become a bit less crazy, I’m easing myself back into the food blogger seat again.

There was no better opportunity to do this than with a recent business lunch I had with two like-minded foodie colleagues, who suggested we meet at Yardbird, a modern Southern restaurant in South Beach.

Yardbird, which was a 2012 James Beard Award Semi-Finalist for Best New Restaurant, and was named one of the 50 Best New Restaurants in 2012 at Bon Appetit Magazine, is definitely a destination for anyone looking to indulge in updated, classic Southern American fare.

I would compare Yardbird favorably to places like the very excellent JCT Kitchen in Atlanta, as well as any number of well-known “New South” type places in New Orleans, such as Luke.

The main dining room at Yardbird is bright and warm, mixing southern hospitality with Miami chic.

It’s time to head to South Beach for the winter. Be sure to check out Yardbird. Click on the “Read the rest of this entry” link below for more.

The menu, which is definitely on the whimsical side. This is not a restaurant for someone on a diet or in the vegetarian crowd by any imagination, and very much gilds the lily as almost to stick the middle finger at the gods of healthy eating.

I like that. Notice the “Warning, does not contain meat” advisory on the pasta dish.

Fried green tomato “BLT” appetizer, with pimento cheese, pork belly, frisee lettuce microgreens and tomato jam. Yes it does taste as good as it looks. As does everything else you see on this post.

Knowing full well this was going to stretch the effectiveness of my cholesterol medication, I pre-emptively ordered the Kale salad for the group to try. Which, by the way, was excellent.

One of my cohorts ordered the  “Crab Salad Sally Sammy” with Texas toast and lemon dressing. Didn’t try this, but he loved it.

Home-made french fries. Oh yes.

Another colleague and myself both zeroed-in like a laser guided missile on the “Crunchy Yardbird Chicken Sandwich.” The web URL of this restaurant isn’t “RunChickenRun.com” for nothing.

This is an excellent interpretation of a Southern-Fried Chicken Sandwich that originates from a certain fast food chain that hates same sex marriage. This one also has a HUGE amount of fried pork belly on it, in addition to a Sweet Tabasco Hot Sauce and Buttermilk Dressing.

Mac and Cheese. Oh sweet Jesus.

A Strawberry Shortcake, with a Clotted Cream. Came with Three forks.

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