I just love these kind of places that really look like the pictures in the magazines and Yardbird is one of those. The interior design is contemporary with cozy southern details and the food is just amazing and, I dare to say, better than the photos.
I’m an admirer of the new american cuisine based in soul food tradition that is enhanced with european blinks or latino sparks. Currently a bunch of new restaurants with this philosophy are on the way of opening from LA to South Beach and I’m sure they are a great inspiration to any foodie or chef.
The main character in this cuisine is honesty and simplicity which are executed as golden fried crusts, excellent charcuterie, charcoal or slow cooking methods, the use of seasonal and organic ingredients and the result is: identity and great way of american cooking not luxurious, not complicated, but conforting.
The first course I had was the fried chicken with homemade buttermilk biscuit, I loved the way this little sandwich invites you to interact with food; it surely is an ice breaker in any date and the pepper jelly will be the main topic because of it’s particular spice/sweet balance. An american classic with a complete mastering of the fried chicken technique.
The Homemade Charcuterie board made honor to the artesanal concept with a woody-smoked-baroque design that redefines the classic prosciutto/jamón serrano and pancetta/bacon with a great selection of toasted bread slices and crackers.
Finally I ordered the Swine Steak Frites which was a nice combination of ingredients starting with the swine skirt (the meat underneath the ribs), fried swine ears and fries made of coarsely ground corn flour. C ombined with the slaw, the contrast between sweet and semi bitter flavors was at it’s best.
If you add to this formula a great interior design, great branding, excellent service and a good selection of non commercial beers you will end up with an all time favourite joint.
This place is in South Beach in Miami Fl. and for sure is in my list of 10 must-go places in this hot city.