Dinner at Yardbird – Miami Beach, FL

Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (pic via website)

Mason jar light decor at Yardbird

It’s a given that when I’m visiting my friend Shahla in Miami, she’s going to introduce me another restaurant that I’m going to crave as soon as I leave. I was FAMISHED when I touched down in Florida a couple days ago and when she was throwing out options, I was decidedly in the mood for some Southern comfort food. Actually, I’m always decidedly in a Southern comfort food mood, but I eat other cuisines for variety sake. Anyway, so went my meeting with Yardbird Southern Table and Bar.



What you can expect: dishes made from scratch, decadent, and rich flavors with fresh farm-to-table ingredients. Co-owner Jeff McInnis (of Top Chef finals fame) teamed up with two local restaurateurs, Chris Romero and John Kunkel to achieve just that. Complete with long communal tables or cozy booths, it turned out to be a pick for my first night in Miami with Shals and our friend Shireen. The hardest part was deciding WHAT to order when you have options like big ol’ cheddar waffles, pan seared fish, and of course, fried chicken. We decided it would be hard to go wrong with their Butter Bean Risotto (with grilled hen of the woods mushrooms and winter park tomme cheese), Shrimp n’Grits (Florida shrimp, Adluh South Caroline stone ground grits, minus the ham), and Chicken under a Brick (Carolina poulet rouge, fresh rosemary, local lemon, brussels sprouts, fresh tomatoes and okra):


Shrimp on Grits (photo via website)

Chicken under a brick

Chicken under a brick

The risotta from start to finish proved flavorful, rich (strong on their butter and sauteed onions, and the mushroom made a nice side too); and the other dishes didn’t disappoint either. I took half my dish to go but could barely control myself from finishing the rest after I got back to Shahla’s apartment. With all the savory foods though, we couldn’t help but gorge on dessert too. We went for the pecan pie…and did justice to devouring it a few minutes later.

Pecan pie

Not to mention, the service and staff were really attentive, with the manager and our waiter checking in often and making sure everything was on point. Either Miami is really stepping its food game, or I’ve been missing out on some delicious places here!

Happy patrons


Meal: Dinner
Price: $$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: *** (the staff was extraordinarily attentive)
Would I go back?: Yes

Restaurant Info:

1600 Lenox Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 538-5220

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Recent Comments


  1. Maher wrote:

    I was just there last night cuzo!
    Had the Mama’s Chicken Biscuits –
    Free-range fried chicken, pepper jelly,
    housemade buttermilk biscuit and Llewellyn’s
    Fine Fried Chicken
    1/2 free-range bird, “27-hour” recipe,
    spicy Tabasco honey. A must for all chicken lovers.

    Posted 1.18.13
  2. Archana wrote:

    That butter bean risotto looks divine…

    Posted 1.22.13
  3. SYR wrote:

    OOooh this is one of my favorite places in SoBe. Next time you are in Miami you must try Mandolin Agean Bistro in design district or the Pubbelly restaurants groups (pubbelly, pubbelly sushi, or barcelenota) You’ll love them!

    Posted 2.1.13
  4. shyema wrote:

    My friends actually took me to Mandolin for my bday the next night! I loved it. Must try the others though, thanks for the suggestions 🙂

    Posted 2.1.13

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