I know its been mentioned a few times recently in threads but i just wanted to give a quick review of my trip to Yardbird today for Brunch! In short: I LOVED THIS PLACE. I grew up in South Carolina and Tennessee and as such am always looking for some good southern cooking... and this was about the best ive had down in SoFl.
I went with 4 other friends and I'll give the rundown of what we ordered:
Heirloom Tomato Salad: Nice juicy, generous chunks of heirloom tomatoes with a good acidic kick and a generous hand of basil (one of my favorite flavor combos: tomato+basil!). Big enough to share for a few people as an app or for a vegetarian entree on its own.
Momma's Chicken Biscuits (my personal order). Nailed the fried chicken, biscuit was DELICIOUS and moist, and pepper jam was the perfect sweet balance to the chicken. the pickled veg it came with was a nice touch (and they do pickled okra well here! yess!)
Ham and Cheese Biscuit: didnt get to try this one personally, but it looked like A LOT of cheese (which some might be OK with... but not my personal preference). did get a bite of the ham though and it was very good.
Smoked Chicken Sandwich: Loved the combo of flavors on this sandwich. Fruit, nuts, smoky chicken, nicely toasted bread... and a big portion. very good
Short Rib Sandwich: Again, nice portion, and plenty of meat on this one! the Tomato jam it is served with is very good as well. love a good homemade tomato jam.
Banana Bread: Comes to the table warm, soft (with a slight crunch on the top crust), dusted with powdered sugar, and with Pecan Maple butter. Was banana bread just like momma makes, if she paired it with a good chunky pecan butter.
Pumpkin Beignets: Crispy outside, light, fluffy inside. Come to the table nice and hot The star of this dish was the strawberry preserves hiding at the bottom of the dish though... make sure you get some of these with each bite!
The atmosphere here was also very fun, homey, and vintage, which won all of us (Dixieland Ex-pats all!) over immediately and made us all homesick. If i had any complaints they were:
1) our server was not at the table quite as much as id like. but they were very busy while we were there (lunchtime) and he did still take good care of us. so not a huge deal
2) the fresh fruit that came with the sandwiches was very cantelope heavy, which is not my favorite. wish they woulda thrown a few more pineapple chunks or strawberries in there! cantelope just feels like a throwaway fruit in fruit salads to me.
anyways. i enjoyed this meal and will definitely be going back to try the dinner menu (shrimp and grits is ALWAYS on my radar).
would love to get other opinions on this place and hear about their other dishes for when i return!
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