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While not typically one of the first cities one lists off when describing “The South,” Miami still has its fair share of that famous comfort food. Here are some of the best places in town for some down home Southern eats.

THE LOCAL CRAFT FOOD & DRINK

The real highlight at this Coral Gables bar is Chef Phil Bryant, who puts an innovative spin on classic Southern favorites like hen & dumplings, and fried green tomatoes. In addition, he has “southernized” dishes like arancini, using Charleston rice grits as well as smoked chicken, pimento cheese, and pickled red onion. The chef keeps his kitchen authentic making nearly everything from scratch (including butter and mustard) and using produce from local farmers.

YARDBIRD

Yardbird is Miami Beach’s most well known comfort food restaurant. The must-try signature dish is Chicken ‘N’ Watermelon ‘N’ Waffles. Although it will run you $36, it’s well worth it. The chicken is 100% natural and raised locally without steroids or hormones and is American Humane Association Certified. The chicken goes through a 27-hour brining process and is then dredged in their secret blend of spicy flour and fried to perfection.

JACKSON SOUL FOOD

While many restaurants in Miami are merely inspired by Southern cooking, Jackson Soul Food is the real deal and embodies the feel of a diner in the Carolinas. They bust out all the stops with staples like catfish, collard greens, homemade cornbread, fried okra, and even chitterlings aka ‘chitlins’ (boiled small intestine). Located in Miami’s historic Overtown neighborhood, this place is light on the wallet, but is sure to leave you quite full.

WHISK GOURMET

Housed in Coral Gables, Whisk Gourmet puts out classic comfort food with a twist at a fair price. Stop in for some shrimp & grits made with cremini mushrooms and bacon added in, or get a unique taste of the South with the blue crab and roasted corn fried rice. Look out for specials like the locally caught, whole, deep-fried snapper, and if you’re lucky, even hogfish, South Florida’s exclusive fish delicacy.

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