Yardbird's appeal borrows from other factors beyond the buoyant bill of fare. The farmhouse decor, American blues music, and overall ambiance are synchronized with the Southern fare to the extent of enhancing the meals like some secret seasoning. Yardbird hits all the right notes with a menu of "small plates" and "big plates." Delectable successes include buttermilk biscuits; St. Louis-style pork ribs; shrimp 'n' grits; and Llewellyn's fried chicken, served with a cheddar-and-chow-chow waffle and citrus-splashed watermelon. Craft bourbons, beers, and wines are all-American, and service is sharp in this fetching farmhouse-style spot with affordable prices.
Llewellyn's fried chicken with waffles and watermelon
- Price: $$
- Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Outdoor seating: Sidewalk tables
- Alcohol: Full bar
- Reservations: Recommended
- Parking: Metered, Valet
- Use restaurant website to order/pay