It was by sheer coincidence that Diva #2, Ranger and the Savages were in Miami on vacation during Miami Spice, which is the city’s version of restaurant week that lasts from August to September. Diva #2 was excited and quickly booked a table at Yardbird Southern Kitchen & Bar, a place she had heard had some of the best fried chicken around.
We walked from the hotel and arrived to a very packed restaurant. We were quickly seated (reservations are a must!) at our table off of the bar and greeted by our waiter who graciously gave us his suggestions for the perfect dinner!
We started with blistered heirloom tomatoes, served simply on a bed of mild, whipped ricotta, with a chili oil and sea salt drizzle. A very simple dish, the baby heirloom tomatoes simply burst in your mouth for a dose of acidic sweetness. We cleaned up the plate with some of their flaky homemade biscuits.
Our friend insists on having salad at every meal so we indulged him and ordered the iceberg wedge, a spin on a classic steakhouse staple. The lettuce was shredded with plenty of smokey bacon that paired great with the charred corn. Heirloom tomatoes, and creamy avocado rounded out the salad that was dressed with a buttermilk ranch dressing. Definitely a welcomed take on a classic dish.
Diva #2 and Ranger knew their friends wouldn’t want the bone marrow dish so we ordered it for ourselves and we were happy that we did. The jelly-like texture of the bone marrow spread on the grilled bread was great, especially with a little bit of the sweet onion marmalade, every bite made us smile.
We couldn’t not order the chicken so in true gluttonous form, we ordered it twice. One dish consisted solely of a half chicken, served with their honey hot sauce. And the other dish was also another half of fried chicken goodness served on a waffle with a watermelon salad. Let’s just say this, this was damn good fried chicken!
The chicken had a perfect coating that was extra crispy but not greasy. The meat was moist and juicy. The waffle had a little bite with the sharp cheddar cheese but was light and airy. The watermelon salad was refreshing but we clearly didn’t read the menu which said it was spicy! We loved the bourbon BBQ sauce as well as the spicy honey and we easily finished off our plates and licked our fingers clean!
If that wasn’t enough, we listened to our waiter who recommended the St. Louis pork ribs. Well, it pays to listen! The ribs were very meaty and cooked perfectly, just falling right off the bone. The homemade BBQ was great sauce and didn’t take away from the taste of the meat. It was served with coleslaw which got some extra crunch from the addition of apples.
As the website name reads, run, don’t walk to Yardbird Southern Kitchen & Bar! We loved every bit of our meal. It’s definitely a place that needs to be experienced but make sure you make reservations, you’ll thank us later!
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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