For the last couple of years, I’ve dying to try this place called Yardbird, located in The Venetian. I was intrigued by the name and the fact that they serve southern food, but other than that, I had no clue what to expect going into this meal. All I knew was that I was ready for an experience…and that is exactly what we got.
Atmosphere, to me, is just as important as the actual food and beverage I am consuming. A great meal can taste very mediocre in a restaurant that is too dark, too cramped or just poorly decorated. (To be honest, living in Vegas absolutely spoils us in terms of our dining experience. Too bad so sad, guess I can never leave!)
From the minute I walked into Yardbird, I felt instantly transported back down south. Mason jar lighting displays, comfy chairs, wood accents and the slide show of notable, southern performers (Johnny Cash, Elvis, Muddy Waters) and traditional southern hospitality from the servers made it feel like we were dining in someone’s kitchen.
(Note: Yardbird also has locations in Miami and Singapore and will be opening in LA soon!)
So let’s get to the food…And let me begin by saying, I have been dreaming about this food for the last few weeks. Yep, that’s right, I need to go back. Tomorrow. Because…
EVERY SINGLE THING I PUT INTO MY MOUTH WAS DELICIOUS.
And I have never, ever said that. Ever. I’ll let us all get our “that’s what she said” jokes out… Andddd…carrying on.
Drinks – Obviously, I needed to get a whiskey-based cocktail at a restaurant such as this. I always ask the server what they would recommend or what they like best. This particular cocktail menu was full of beverages that I wanted to try and since I was not at a cocktail-tasting event, I needed Tom’s help. (Our server was Tom and he was great btw.) For my particular needs (not too sweet/wanted to be able to actually taste the bourbon), he recommended the Blackberry Bourbon Lemonade. It was the perfect amount of tart and whiskey, not too much sweet in this drink. Highly recommend.
Apps – Tom recommended we try the Deviled Eggs, which we didn’t, but they sure did look tasty! The dish is served looking like little egg volcanoes and they have dill (I LOVE DILL) so I will definitely be trying those next time. Instead, I decided we absolutely needed the Classic Buttermilk Biscuits served with creamy honey butter as well as apple jam. These were some of the tastiest biscuits I have ever eaten. I’m hungry thinking about them now. I really can’t keep speaking about them or else I will put this computer down and go get some. They are that good y’all.
Din – Something I need to convey to y’all is that, even though this is not the biggest menu in Vegas, it has to be the most appealing (if you like southern food). Every offering sounded amazing and I had the hardest time choosing. Tom once again had a recommendation: Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles. Once again, no one chose this dish but not because it didn’t sound fantastic – we all had our stomachs set on something else.
I needed some bbq. It didn’t matter what it was, it just needed to be bbq. The St. Louis Style Pork Ribs were exactly what I was searching for that night. Cooked perfectly and full of flavor, I did not regret my choice at all. They were served with some green apple slaw that had an interesting and fantastic flavor. The only other thing I needed was some collard greens and this place delivered. My side of Collard Greens was amazing – flavored with cider vinegar and topped with cracklins. And if you’re not sure what a “cracklin” is…it is a pork rind.
Both my mother and brother decided on Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken which came with this sweet and spicy honey hot sauce. If you’ve read past blogs, you know I only eat unhealthy, fried chicken. We were all extremely impressed with this dish. The meat was moist and tender while the fried breading had an excellent amount of crunch. The dish even came with these cute little tongs for pulling the chicken off the bone. Talk about a detail!
Dessert – Since we researched before stepping foot in the restaurant, we knew we wanted to finish our meal with the Peach Cobbler. We were also aware that since it takes 25 minutes for this dessert to be prepared, we needed to order it along with our main course – a fantastic and highly recommended idea.
Talking about good food is very difficult, I tend to use the words “amazing” and “fantastic” far too much. However, this peach cobbler deserves this kind of description. It is very much worth the extra 25 minute wait.
Overall, we LOVED our experience at Yardbird. I’m going to go on record now and say this is one of my top 5 most favorite restaurants in Las Vegas. Possibly because I was a Southern man in a former life. Or because their website is literally “runchickenrun.” But most likely because, it is TASTY!
Check it out and let me know what you think! Happy Eating!
Yardbird Menu: https://www.runchickenrun.com/las-vegas-menus/
Yardbird Insta: https://www.instagram.com/ybsouthern/