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Brunch Of The Week: The Return: Chicken & Waffles On The Patio Edition (In 3-D)

Fifty-five weeks ago, we published our final Brunch of the Week feature for what was then an open-ended timeframe.

Even though we wanted to show our support to the restaurant industry in any way possible, we knew the reality of eggs in a styrofoam container sliding around in the backseat of an Uber Eats delivery vehicle wasn’t necessarily the best way to showcase a restaurant’s brunch capabilities.

But now, with the glorious spring weather finally upon us and an ever-increasing number of friends and family members completing their vaccination regimen, we finally feel like brunch is back.

Or more accurately, BRUNCH IS BACK, BABY!

To celebrate our newfound comfort with dining out (still on the patio, of course), we chose to visit a place that had been on our bucket list since their thwarted opening at the beginning of lockdown: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar.

You already know what a Bloody Mary looks like, so check out the Pork Chop instead.

The patio here is fantastic, especially for people-watching thanks to Klyde Warren Park across the street. You’d think seeing all those hot guys in shorty-shorts would’ve prevented us from ordering a mammoth cinnamon roll, but it did not.

Instead, we simply ordered another round of drinks and pretended calories didn’t matter. We recommend this tactic for anyone heading to Yardbird because they’re not exactly famous for their low-fat dishes.

We started with a Bloody Mary Yardbird-style with whiskey instead of vodka and it’s definitely one of the best homemade tomato mixes we’ve had. But even though we knew exactly what to expect from a Bloody Mary, we were super-intrigued by the Pork Chop cocktail. Though not made from any pig products whatsoever, it features pork chop-inspired ingredients and flavor profiles, including a dijon mustard simple syrup, fresh thyme and unfiltered apple cider.

Set your sights on this lobster Benedict (because he’s definitely watching you).

As good as the cocktail program is, the food’s the main reason you brunch at Yardbird. And it’s every bit as over-the-top as you may have heard. Platters are huge, such as the Chicken ‘n’ Watermelon ‘n’ Waffles, which features half a chicken fried up for your greasy-fingered pleasure.

The cinnamon roll we mentioned could easily serve 10 people. And the Maine Lobster Benedict might be the most show-stopping presentation of them all. If the shear size of the iron skillet dish doesn’t give you the giggles, seeing the lobster stare back at you surely will.

By the end of the meal, we didn’t have a single complaint other than not having big enough stomachs to tackle all the food they brought to us to try. But if it’s any bit of redemption on our part, we used the leftover fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese and pork belly in a salad later in the week.

Our only advice is to check out the menu in advance because even though you get great value for the money spent, it’s one of the priciest Brunch of the Week spots we’ve ever reviewed. Brunch cocktails run $16-18, egg dishes are $19-32, and on the day of our visit, the market price for the Maine Lobster Benedict was $52.

But think of all the money you’ve saved by not going to brunch the past year and we think you’ll appreciate the splurge. So much so that Yardbird Southern Table & Bar might become your new go-to brunch spot when you’re looking to impress.

And when are gays not looking to impress?

Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Saturday & Sunday Brunch
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
2121 North Pearl Street #170, Dallas
Free garage self-parking for three hours with validation

Photo credits: Yardbird Southern Table & Bar (main image); Steven Lindsey (additional images)