Southern Comfort

November 08, 2011 | by By Christine Borges | Food & Drink News

They say Miami is not “the South.” To remedy that, Jeff McInnis (of Gigi, The Ritz-Carlton DiLido Beach Club, and Norman’s fame) and 50 Eggs Restaurant Group (owners of the wildly popular Lime Fresh Mexican Grill) have capitalized on chef McInnis’s roots in the Florida panhandle and Alabama in creating cozy, hospitable Yardbird Southern Table & Bar. Amid South Beach’s flash and flair, the rustic-meets-industrial space serves a modern spin on triedand- true favorites (think Brunswick stew made with alligator sausage and smoked rabbit, or Bell & Evans fried chicken biscuits with pepper jelly). McInnis pairs his monstrous shareable plates with bourbon cocktails and conceived a sure-tobe- smashing “Gospel Sunday” brunch that features Berkshire pork chops, shrimp po’ boys, and—as y’all probably guessed—a heavy dose of countrified charm. 1600 Lenox Ave., Miami Beach, 305-538-5220

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