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Yardbird's appeal borrows from other factors beyond the buoyant bill of fare. The farmhouse décor, American blues music, and overall ambiance are synchronized with the Southern American fare to the extent of enhancing the meals like some secret seasoning. Chef/partner Jeff McInnis and chef de cuisine Phillip Bryant hit all the right notes with their menu of "small shares" and "big shares." Delectable successes include buttermilk biscuits; Brunswick stew with alligator sausage and smoked rabbit; sweet tea-brined barbecued ribs; shrimp and grits; and Llewellyn's Southern fried chicken with a cheddar-and-chow-chow waffle and citrus-splashed watermelon -- the best fried chicken in town. Craft bourbons, beers, and wines are all-American, and service is sharp. Beer, bourbon, blues, and Southern American fare, at an affordable price point, in a fetching farmhouse environment. Yardbird is a distinct and integrated vision completely realized.
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A year ago in this issue, we praised Jeff McInnis for helming Gigi, arguably 2011's hottest Miami restaurant. So when McInnis left that midtown establishment to open Yardbird in South Beach with the 50 Eggs Restaurant group, expectations ran high. Judging from crowds overflowing onto the street since opening night, it would seem those hopes have been realized. The cool farmhouse décor is a refreshing change of pace from designs that too often strain to be SoBe hip. American blues... More »
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Listen, folks: the wunderkind from the panhandle is pure hype. At $26 (yes, you read that correctly), the fried chicken is nothing special -- I'll take Popeye's any day. The $14 "chicken biscuits" -- all two of them -- were fine, but again, you can't seriously tell me that's an acceptable price (you get two for $5 at Chick-a-Fil-a). Is the ambience great? Yes. Drinks good? Yep. But the food is a joke, and any self-respectable Southern food enthusiast will find Yardbird sadly empty. Put simply, it's Southern food for the South Beach crowd (and I don't mean that as a compliment).
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