I had read about Yardbird when they first opened less than a year ago and it was mentioned again by the friendly staff at Bazaar as one of their favorites so I knew I had to eat there while we were in Miami. Yardbird Southern Table and Bar is located at the far end (meaning further from the beach) of pedestrian Lincoln road down a street lined with pretty well-maintained apartment buildings. It's hard to miss the all-white building on the corner with an outdoor terrace for al-fresco dining. The restaurant's name derives from the southern name for chickens - yardbirds (as in free-range chickens running around the back yard).
As we were in Miami only for the weekend, I figured I might as well try their brunch, served Saturdays and Sundays, and with their extensive menu of Southern specialties. After we were comfortably seated at a large round table banquette and had ordered our coffees and fresh orange juices, we had a look at the brunch items served Southern-style in sharing portions labeled shares and big shares.
There were five of us having brunch (three adults and two children, aged 10 and 3) so we had to be careful not to over order and also to choose dishes that were kid-friendly. From the Shares section of the menu, we ordered Mama's Chicken Biscuits and the Fried green tomato BLT because it wouldn't be a Southern meal without these. We also had the Big Ol' Waffle and Today's Omelet from the Big Shares section of the menu plus we couldn't resist having one of the Fixins (a.k.a. sides) - pumpkin beignets.
Coffee was served then we placed our order and soon after the food started to arrive: the chicken and biscuits were "finger-lickin' good" - crispy fried chicken sandwiched in buttery biscuits which came with pickled cucumbers and onions. There were only two "biscuitches" which were gobbled up immediately. Next came the fried green tomatoes - breaded fried green tomatoes topped with crispy skinned pork belly, tomato jam and cheese pimiento - rich bites of pork and tomato. The omelet was fluffy and came stuffed with sausage and herbs plus a hot biscuit on the side and a little dish of fresh fruit. The waffles were fresh off the iron crispy waffle wedges usually served with fresh peaches and topped with whipped cream but since the kids were eating this, we asked for the waffles plain and got the accompaniments of candied pecans, peaches, whipped cream and warm house-made Bourbon maple syrup on the side. The waffles were a hit with the kids and that Bourbon maple syrup was delicious. Finally, the powdered sugar-coated pumpkin beignets came filled with strawberry preserves which we ate as our dessert. Another coffee to end our brunch and we left Yardbird, happy
1600 Lenox Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
Tel: +1 305 538 5220
*Open Mondays to Fridays from noon, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00, Till midnight on Sundays to Thursdays and till 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays
*Daily for lunch and dinner, Brunch on weekends