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Yardbird Southern Table & Bar Restaurant Review: Yardbird's famous crispy-outside/juicy inside fried chicken comes generously accompanied by original touches: fluffy cheddar cheese waffles, hot sauce-spiked honey dip, and spiced watermelon. Considerable contemporary creativity is Yardbird's strength --- most dishes derive from Southern classics, but don't reproduce them --- so not surprisingly, much of the menu consists of small plates for those who want to try as much as possible. A standout is the fried green tomato BLT featuring tomato jam, pimiento cheese and Tabasco-glazed pork belly. Another winning item is the chicken liver toast, a smooth, sophisticated pâté thickly spread on grilled country bread and topped with sweet-sour pepper relish. Vegetarians can put together satisfying meals from the large array of salads highlighting local produce, plus "fixins" like charred okra or whipped sweet potatoes. For dessert, you may find banana cream pie, bacon-butterscotch cake and red velvet trifle. The frequently-changing wine list has numerous American boutique labels, rather than a wide range of global wines, but is notable for its user-friendly categorizations.