Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Maple-glazed Bacon Doughnuts – Maple Bacon Caramel
Mama’s Biscuits – Classic Buttermilk Biscuits, Honey Butter, Apple Butter
Fried Green Tomato BLT – House Smoked Pork Belly, Smoky Tomato Jam, Frisee, Pimento Cheese, Lemon Vinaigrette
Deviled Eggs – Dill, Chives, Smoked Trout Roe
Chicken n’ Watermelon n’ Waffles – Honey Hot Sauce, Chilled Spiced Watermelon, Sharp Cheddar Cheese Waffle, Bourbon Maple Syrup
Shrimp N’ Grits – Seared Shrimp, Roasted Tomatoes, Virginia Ham, Red Onions, Nora Mill Grits, PBR Chicken Jus
Dulce de Leche Strawberry Waffle – Dulce de Leche Waffle, Chocolate Sauce, Strawberries, Chantilly Cream, Bourbon Maple Syrup
Peach Cobbler – Marzipan Crumble, French Vanilla Ice Cream, Florentine Almond Cookie Bowl, Cinnamon Twist / State Fair Fry – Fried Oreos and Twinkies, Rice Crispy Doughnut Dough, Confectioners’ Sugar, French Vanilla Ice Cream
Always a favorite of travelers, eighteen visits and counting with family plus friends foreign and domestic, it was around 10:30am on Sunday that four guests sat down for Brunch at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, Chef Sandra Palomo at the pass and ready for another full house while a familiar young server last seen at Chayo raised the already impressive standard of service a few notches higher.
Soon opening location number four in Los Angeles, an expansion from Miami to Las Vegas over three years ago setting the stage for further growth no doubt upcoming, it was after warm greetings that an order comprised entirely of old favorites was constructed from the current Brunch Menu, belated Birthday Donuts kicking things off next to Coffee, Water and Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice with the first of three rounds of Biscuits soon to follow and remaining the best in the business with peerless flakiness despite a whole lot of Butter.
Next receiving four-each of Yardbird’s most acclaimed Appetizers, the Deviled Eggs still surprising to those who never thought they’d find themselves enjoying Roe while two-bite BLTs topped with a slab of Pork Belly “out-umami” even the likes of David Chang, it was shortly thereafter that Yardbird’s signature Chicken n’ Watermelon n’ Waffles arrived with containers of Hot Sauce and Syrup, the price that many continue to gripe about remaining justified by golden coating and a lengthy brine that renders the Free Range Organic Half-Bird moist and richly flavored.
Rounding out savories with Shrimp and Grits, the stick-a-spoon-up-straight base from Nora Mills a creamy canvas for briny Ham and snappy Shellfish plus Jus that makes PBR worth drinking, it was alongside a sweet Waffle served with sliced Strawberries that Peach Cobbler plus fried Twinkies and Oreos arrived, both simple but well executed with the Cobbler particularly well suited for sharing.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: No longer a place to visit for dramatic seasonal changes or daily specials, 50 Eggs’ expansion plans requiring recipes portable to different locations, those visiting Yardbird in 2018 will still find all the dishes that turned a failed French Brasserie in The Venetian’s Restaurant Row into one of Sin City’s hottest tickets and if they stick to those items it seems safe to say everyone will be perfectly happy.
RECOMMENDED: Mama’s Biscuits, Chicken n’ Watermelon n’ Waffles, Fried Green Tomato BLT, Shrimp n’ Grits, Peach Cobbler.
TIP: Still slammed after 11am, reservations remain highly recommended.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.