Good Old Yardbird

By Melanie Galarce

You’ve probably heard of a little known restaurant in South Beach by the name of Yardbird Southern Table and Bar (1600 Lenox Avenue, Miami Beach) as the accolades have amounted since the establishment opened up in 2011. The fresh and inventive (yet authentic) take on Southern cuisine has kept the restaurant with a never-ending waiting list and awards that range from James Beard finalist to Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants. We tend to forget how lucky we are to have this little gem, but I’m here to give you a friendly reminder that it’s time to head back.

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Bird is the Word at Bird & Bone

By Mitchell Nover

At The Confidante Miami Beach, Bird & Bone (4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach) is the latest brainchild from Chef Richard Hales (of Sakaya Kitchen and Blackbrick fame). Designed to highlight the best of the American culinary landscape, the menu reflects the heart and soul of traditional country cuisine with locally-sourced ingredients from independent small farms and organic butchers that illuminate Chef Hales’ passion for Southern dining.

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Sarsaparilla Surprise

For those of you who don’t know, sarsaparilla is a soft drink, originally made from the Smilax regelii plant, that was popular in the United States in the 19th century. Confused yet? What that has to do with the new American dim sum restaurant at The Shelbourne hotel on South Beach, I have no idea. I also know that I don’t really care because this place is amazing. After a recent menu tasting, I’m signing up for a lifetime membership to The Sarsaparilla Club.

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Brunch Like The Local

Brunch is a recipe for indulgence. First, combine the best of breakfast and lunch to make one super meal out of two. Second, gather family and/or friends for one last hurrah before the work week starts again. And, third, add in a few cocktails to get your Sunday Funday vibes flowing. The newly launched brunch at The Local Craft Food & Drink follows that recipe to a T, serving up one of the best (and booziest) brunches that Miami has to offer.

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Sugar Factory Offers Up Tricks & Treats

It’s kind of fitting to be writing this review during Halloween week, the one time of the year that Americans collectively come together to keep dentists in business for another year. As a thirty-something adult, I can’t really get away with trick-or-treating anymore, and I have to limit my partying to those really important dates (birthdays or bust), but there are times when it’s fun to just throw caution to the wind and feel like a kid again.

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#MiamiSpiceMonday – Swine Southern Table & Bar

On this edition of #MiamiSpiceMonday, we conquer the South. Soulful Southern cuisine is synonymous with comfort and indulgence. Vivid images of fried chicken and mashed potatoes come to mind. I’ve always enjoyed the splurge of eating anything fried and not having to feel apologetic about it and as so, Southern food holds a special place in my heart. This Southern menu’s scene? Swine Southern Table & Bar, a self-proclaimed “house of worship to the porcine pursuit.” The simple and uncomplicated nature of Southern cuisine makes for a great gathering of friends and family over food; Swine offers just that. Providing a laid-back and soul-healing ambience in a two-floor space in Coral Gables that has traces of fancy lighting and décor but at its core remains comfy and cool.

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Feel Good Fooq’s

When we interviewed Nicole Votano for our Chef’s Corner back in March, she described the soon-to-open Fooq’s menu as “seasonal, comforting, and memorable.” Well, now that Fooq’s has opened (to rave reviews, btw), I’m here to tell you that she could not have been more spot on. However, it’s not just Fooq’s’ menu that shines, the whole dining experience can be summed up with those simple, yet important adjectives. In fact, I’m going to use them as a guide for this review.

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27th Heaven

After moving to Miami I naturally started to get lots of visitors from up North, but there was one annual guest that I always looked forward to receiving more than any other – my grandma, Mimi. She had been making the yearly winter pilgrimage from New Jersey to South Florida for years, but now that I was around she would take time out of her itinerary for me to pick her up in the beachside town where she was staying in Palm Beach or Broward to drive down to Miami Beach and spend the day together. We would go to the movies (for nap time), nosh on tongue sandwiches at the now defunct Jerry’s Famous Deli, and just enjoy our quality time together. She would tell me stories of her days as a young woman during WWII when she spent a summer on South Beach with her friend working at the war office on Lincoln Road and eating banana sandwiches.

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