After a day spent escaping winter in the Florida sun, executive food director Lucinda Scala Quinn refueled at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar, in Miami Beach. two southern staples are standouts there: fried chicken (Yardbird’s, famously, is brined for 27 hours) and bourbon (60-plus varieties).
By Laila Gohar
It’s that time of the year again: every fashionable East Coast-er has either booked or is frantically trying to book a flight to Miami this week for partying and socializing under the sun. And there’s the art. To prepare you for Art Basel — the massive annual art fair on Miami Beach, and the dozens of other fairs and one-off events and marketing ploys that pop up around it— here’s a list of great places to eat. In addition to the art, the fair has become known for pop-up nightclubs, restaurants and cafés. Here’s a look at some of our favorite spots (new and old) not to be missed this year, split up by your own priorities.
Go For The Food:
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
1600 Lenox Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Yardbird offers some of the best fried chicken around, a touch of the South in a southern city that’s about as far from Dixie as Nova Scotia. Its Lincoln Road proximity makes it a convenient draw for a realiably awesome dining experience.
Yardbird Southern Table & Bar featured on Unique Eats: Guilty Pleasures! Originally aired on The Cooking Channel
Here at The Bourbon Review, we get asked all the time, “What’s your favorite Bourbon?” It seems our answers never really satisfy folks – mainly because there are so many damn good Bourbons out these days. It was with this lingering disappointment dancing in our heads that we began responding to these curious souls with the best answer possible — we directed them to our favorite Bourbon bars across the country.
In honor of our 5th Year Anniversary, we’ve pared our list down, and chose what we feel are the 55 Best Bourbon Bars in America. This list was compiled through years of onsite research, the trusted opinion of the best minds in our industry, and just to be safe, some additional onsite research.
Honestly, the criteria to make our list was simple. The bar must showcase Bourbon in the proud manner it deserves, it must educate its patrons about Bourbon and either provide them with a superior selection, or a combination of great selection and a reputation for showcasing Bourbon in their cocktails. Five regions were then selected for representation: Bourbon Country, Northeast, the South, Midwest and West. If you’re wondering if the Bourbon Country region held an advantage based on its proximity to where 95% of all Bourbon is produced and its long tradition of harboring the spirit, well that would have been a good assumption as it came in with the most Bourbon-centric watering holes.
It is great to see so many places that are proud to showcase Bourbon and we hope we’re forced to extend this list to 105 the next time.
Yardbird Southern Table and Bar, Miami, FL: If we told you that one of the hottest restaurants in South Beach uses Bourbon as a backbone to its menu would you believe us? Any doubters can head over to the Bourbon oasis known as Yardbird to enjoy one of their Bourbon flights, or cool down with their signature drink, Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade. – J.T.
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Miami might not be the first place that comes to mind when we think of great dining cities — the beach, the sun, and the sand don’t necessarily go hand-in-hand with heavy fine dining. But just because it’s a health-conscious city doesn’t mean that it’s not allowed to have some of the best restaurants in America. And from a sushi restaurant that serves only 16 diners per night to an institution renowned for its stone crab claws, it certainly does.
1) Yardbird Southern Table and Bar
2) Joe’s Stone Crab
3) Michael’s Genuine
5) The Bazaar by José Andrés
7) Prime 112
8) Pascal’s on Ponce
10) Palme d’Or
13) DB Bistro Moderne
14) De Rodriguez Cuba
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