We ventured down to South Beach this weekend, actually we hit Miami twice this week for two terrific date night dinners. Friday night we took a chance and hit Yardbird Southern Table and Bar without a reservation, but it paid off. Yardbird is a hometown, southern cuisine restaurant that has large servings and special cocktails.
Be prepared when you get there with a date, the tables are large and the chance of sharing it with one or two other couples is possible. Carole and I shared the fried chicken, with two sides; mac and cheese, and the grits. The fried chicken was great, but I have had better, just not much better. The grits and mac and cheese were thick, and heavy, full of flavor and a perfect companion to the chicken. The decor is very country, exposed wood and brick, natural finishes, very clean and inviting.
While the food is great, the drinks are awesome. The majority of the specialty drinks are bourbon based, but with lots of interesting flavors that people who don't like the taste of Kentucky nectar will still find something that they like. We finished off the dinner with the apple pie, obviously homemade crust, that came with a scoop of buttermilk ice cream and pickled raisins.
Walking out of any restaurant on South Beach with only paying $100.00 per couple is a major accomplishment, and I think we won. We will be back, I want to try the shrimp and grits.