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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar

     Swine Southern Table & Bar, Yardbird's sister restaurant, is arguably the brightest star in the pork specialty firmament. It stands to reason that the chicken version of this southern table and bar would be just as resplendent. It didn't disappoint. Reservations are a must because waiting is considerable if you don't have one. Not one table is empty for more than five minutes. As soon as one party leaves a table, another swoops in to take it.
     It's an attractive place full of attractive people. Both staff and patrons have that cosmopolitan look about them, and they contrast well against the rustic yet polished farm decor. Our server, Lisa, was the perfect combination of polite, efficient and knowledgeable. A quick survey of the tables puts me in that Miami Beach mood- very European, lively and sophisticated, a tourist's heaven.
     I ordered a Southern Peach from their cocktail menu, and John picked the Sam (Adams) Seasonal, a pale ale he characterized as "brunch appropriate". That's the most eloquence I've ever gotten out of Hubby on any beer. Compared to his usual "It's good. I like it" grunt, this was almost lyrical.
     My libation came in that most delightful of vessels, the mason jar, and contained Wild Turkey, fresh lemon and thyme, white peach puree and sweet tea. I'm not a member of the Church of Tea, a fact that shocks most people I know, but when the substance is presented like this, I could easily convert.
     If you only order one thing at either of these sister restaurants, it has to be their biscuits. You can stop looking for heaven. It's right here in these fresh buttermilk biscuits and their friends, maple butter and homemade spiced apple jam. Not only are these biscuits without equal, but the seasonal jams at these two establishments are pure spreadable love.
     In the interest of widening our experience, John ordered the most popular item on the menu, the Chicken N' Watermelon N' Waffles, and I chose the shrimp and grits. The names of these dishes belie what they represent. John's pick was a platter of delicately fried chicken, blocks of chilled watermelon, and a stout, Vermont sharp cheddar waffle in the company of some bourbon maple syrup. I've now been spoiled for any other waffle.
     My pearly grits were creamy, savory and lumpy in all the right places. The colossal shrimp were cooked to a perfect crunch and everything waded in a Pabst Blue Ribbon jus that promoted this popular southern dish to a high-ranking culinary delicacy.
     At this point, the belly was full, and I was on a high that only an exceptional meal can produce for me. I was just as fired up about dessert as I was at the beginning of the meal. We ordered the Hickory Smoked Chocolate Coffee Cake served with house-made coffee ice cream. The cake was a compact pound cake with large chocolate chunks and drizzled with chocolate sauce. The ice cream is a smart addition for a couple of reasons. The cake is very dense and screams for something soft or liquid as company. The coffee ice cream has a solid, definitive flavor redolent of good gelato. What's not to like?
     Southern food in a most sophisticated interpretation, all elements used to their highest potential- that is the gift offered to patrons by this restaurant and its relative in Coral Gables. Down home cooking with class.

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16 comments:

  1. The chicken and waffles look amazing. Can you believe that I have only recently had it? Genius!!!

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    1. I'd never had it either, but I figured if we were going to do it, we'd do the best out there. Thanks for stopping by, Ann.

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  2. Yum! Nothing like good Southern good!

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    1. It's definitely not for amateurs. Thanks, Justin.

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  3. Everything looks so delicious! Chicken and waffles were one of my favorites when I road tripped down south a few summer ago and that spiked iced tea sounds amazing!

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    1. I'm a believer in tea, now! Thanks for visiting.

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  4. While this place gets a little crowded and you might have to push through occasionally, it's hard not to mention that a definite plus in this event space is that you'll rarely have to wait on line in their large bathrooms.

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  5. Thanks for reading, Constantine!

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  6. Living in Canada, I have never eaten chicken and waffles in my life (together anyway) but man does it ever look delicious!! Sounds like an amazing restaurant! Great review.
    Tori
    www.themamanurse.com

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  7. Love homemade meals served in restaurants like this. Feels like home.

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    1. Home at its best, Candace. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. All of this looks amazing :) I must try this now...

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  9. Melts your mouth, doesn't it? Thanks for reading.

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  10. Everything looks like it was just delicious!

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  11. You can't even begin to imagine, Bella. Thanks for reading.

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