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This lively South Beach eatery serves up inventive takes on Southern comfort fare along with a celebrated bourbon program in a sophisticated, down-home setting.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Beer, bourbon, blues, and Southern American fare, at an affordable price point, in a fetching farmhouse environment — a distinct and integrated vision completely realized.” – Miami New Times

“There's a helluva lot of Southern lovin' from the Lowcountry at this lively and funky South Beach spot. Miami's A-list puts calorie-counting aside for decadent nights filled with comfort foods and innovative drinks. The family-style menu is divided between "small plates," "the bird," "plates," and "fixins," but have no doubt the "the bird" takes center stage (or plate) here. You'll rave about Mama's chicken biscuits, the chicken ’n’ watermelon ’n’ waffles, and Llewellyn's fine fried chicken, which requires a 27-hour marination and slow-cooking process. Oh, and then there are the sides, like house-cut fries with a buttermilk dipping sauce and bacon salt or the super-creamy macaroni and cheese. Don't plan on hitting the beach in a bikini the next day.” – Fodor’s

“Homey touches are all over the menu. Biscuits are baked fresh every half-hour or more; bacon is house-cured — an eight-day process repeated several times a week. Blueberry lemon pie arrives in the cast-iron skillet in which it was baked.” – New York Times


Rural touches abound in the 140-seat space, from jars of pickled vegetables to blues tunes to the salvaged items from grandma’s kitchen adorning the beer taps. The beams on the ceiling are reclaimed from a North Carolina farm; whitewashed brick walls, long, tufted banquettes, and butcher block tables complete the rustic-chic farmhouse aesthetic. The (acclaimed) bourbon-centric bar sits at one end of the restaurant, while an open kitchen runs the length of the place. Outside, a patio offers additional seating.


  • Winner: James Beard Best New Restaurant 2012
  • 50 Best New Restaurants 2012 - Bon Appetit
  • The Ten Best South Beach Restaurants 2016 - Miami New Times
  • Top 30 Miami Restaurants 2014 - Time Out
  • Florida Trend’s Golden Spoon Award 2014
  • Three and a half stars from the Miami Herald
  • Five of the Best Miami Restaurants – Financial Times
  • 55 Best Bourbon Bars – Bourbon Review
  • Zagat rating of 4.4 out of 5

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1600 Lenox Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

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  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Refined, Rustic, Trendy/Scene
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Family, Foodies, Groups, Hot Spot, Outdoor Dining
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (305) 538-5220
  • Private Dining Room: No