A little Southern Decadence meets comfort food at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, one of the newest dining additions to The Venetian. The Miami-based restaurant is a sure-fire hit, no matter if you’re dining for brunch, lunch, supper, or just grabbing a drink at the bar.
Southern favorites abound in the cozy, country eatery.
“We’re thrilled to be opening in this iconic city, especially with the support of the team at the Venetian,” said John Kunkel, founder of Yardbird. “In many ways, Miami and Las Vegas share common elements, from the food scene to nightlife; we feel our approach to these at Yardbird will be embraced by locals and visitors alike.”
If we’re starting with brunch, waffles are an easy choice, but the Yardbird Benedict is our new favorite. Crumbled Buttermilk biscuits replace the traditional English muffin. Perfectly poached eggs meld with an also perfect hollandaise.
Not to be missed is the Fried Green Tomato BLT. This incomparable rendition starts with a slice of fried green tomato, a layer of house-made pimento cheese, a thick cut of pork belly, and topped with tomato jam and frisee. You might want to order two of them because, after the first bite, you’re not going to want to share the rest.
Instead of waffles for brunch, opt for waffles at lunch with the Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles. The honey hot sauce adds a bite to the friend chicken, and the bourbon-infused maple syrup complements the waffles perfectly. Spiced watermelon cubes complete the meal.
Add Deviled Eggs to any meal or order at the bar. Not your picnic sized eggs, these are one bite each.
Not to be forgotten would be the bar. Yardbird has concocted a select handful of specialty cocktails based on longtime favorites.
The Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade combines bourbon, blackberry puree, fresh lemon, cardamom, and bitters to create a refreshing punch with a perfect balance of tart and sweet.
Another drink with a southern spin features bacon-infused bourbon. The Yardbird Old Fashioned plays off the classic cocktail. Centered in the lowball glass is a perfect sphere of ice that looks like it would take up space that more bourbon could occupy. But the bartender insists this dense ball of ice is deep frozen and melts slower so your beverage stays cold without diluting in melted ice.
This article originally appeared in QVegas March 2015 “The Foodie Issue”