Chefs Janine Booth & Jeff McInnis —
Stiltsville Fish Bar
Earlier this week, we told you about our spectacular seafood feast at the new Stiltsville Fish Bar in Sunset Harbour. Now, we take you inside the kitchen of its dynamic chef duo – Chefs Janine Booth and Jeff McInnis.
The chefs were born and raised in Perth, Australia and Niceville, Florida, respectively. After traveling the world and experimenting with different cultures and cuisines, the pair first worked together at the Miami based restaurant gigi, where McInnis became Executive Chef in 2010. In 2011, McInnis returned to his true culinary roots and opened Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Miami Beach. In 2014, Jeff and Janine brought southern hospitality to New York’s East Village with the opening of Root & Bone, in 2016, the pair returned to Miami for their 2nd restaurant opening, Sarsaparilla Club (which recently converted to a Root & Bone), and this September, they opened Stiltsville. Jeff and Janine have both appeared on Bravo’s Emmy award winning Top Chef, putting their personalities and talent front and center on a national stage.
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.
Foodies, we made it through February and survived another SOBEWFF (albeit with a few extra pounds on the scale). But, just because the King of Food Festivals is over, that doesn’t mean we can stay in our food coma for much longer. March is truly coming in like a lion with plenty of new openings, special offerings, and more foodie events hitting us hard all month long. From Cork & Fork to Cochon555 to Donuts! and much, much more, let’s keep our belts loose and enjoy another gluttonous month here in the Magic City – the beach bod can wait. Below is our local Foodie Friday round-up for your perusal. Enjoy!
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.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is kind of like a really good friend that you, for whatever reason, just don’t see all that often. You still think about them a lot and even talk them up to your other friends. Sometimes new friendships take up more of your time or maybe it’s that they live a little too far outside your local radius (sorry South Beach, you’re just not my go-to neighborhood anymore). In any case, you still consider them to be one of your best friends and, for me, Yardbird is no different. When anyone asks me what one of my favorite restaurants in Miami is, I almost always say Yardbird. I just don’t actually go there that often anymore.