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Southern Comfort Spot Yardbird Arrives in Uptown This Month

Look forward to killer brunch options, massive barbecue feasts, and so much more from this James Beard nominated spot

A large tomahawk ribeye steak is grilled with a torch. A pat of butter shaped like the state of Texas sits on top.
Who doesn’t want a steak with a Texas-shaped slab of butter on top?
Munch Miami for Yardbird
Amy McCarthy is a reporter at, focusing on pop culture, policy and labor, and only the weirdest online trends.

Yardbird, a Miami-born favorite known for its comforting Southern eats, has finally set an opening date for its first Dallas location.

The restaurant is set to make its debut at 2121 North Pearl Street, inside the PwC Tower, on September 17. This is the second planned opening date for Yardbird, which was originally expected to open its doors back in March. Then the COVID-19 pandemic arrived in Texas, which meant that its originally scheduled opening date of March 23 had to be pushed back indefinitely.

“We were thrown a COVID-19 curveball back in March when we were originally planning on opening and were forced to delay due to the pandemic,” said John Kunkel, CEO of Yardbird’s parent company 50 Eggs Hospitality Group. “But I couldn’t be happier to finally have the opportunity to introduce Yardbird safely to the Dallas community.”

The kitchen at Yardbird will be overseen by chef Jonathon Thompson, who’s spent time in the kitchen at spots like chef Jose Andres’s Frisco outpost of Zaytinya and the now-shuttered Sugarbacon Proper Kitchen. Look forward to dishes like deviled eggs topped with smoked trout roe, a riff on chicken and waffles served with watermelon and honey hot sauce, and sweet tea braised short ribs. Exclusive to the Dallas location are dishes like field pea hummus made with locally sourced peas, jumbo butterbean chili, and a massive American wagyu tomahawk ribeye sourced from Rosewood Ranch in Ennis. Brunch will also be a major player at Yardbird, with everything from cinnamon rolls to salted caramel waffles and a brunch-friendly burger on the menu.

As far as the cocktails are concerned, expect an extensive list of bourbons, locally brewed beers, and cocktails like blackberry bourbon sweet tea and the Watermelon Sling, which mixes fresh watermelon juice with tequila, Aperol, and rosemary.

When Yardbird lands on September 17, the restaurant will be open for takeout, delivery, and dine-in service. Scope out its website for more details on making reservations.