Our idea of a perfect brunch is simple: delicious carbs, refreshing drinks and outdoor seating (if Miami’s weather cooperates). Our most recent visit to Bird & Bone at The Confidante checked all those boxes. While our dinner experiences have always been great, the Southern restaurant’s brunch took our love for the place to the next level.
If you’ve been to Bird & Bone before, you’ll notice some overlap with the lunch/dinner menu. House favorites like the Smoked Fish Dip and the Bird Waldorf make an appearance, but for the most part, the dishes are Sunday Funday-focused. On that note, we implore you to get those two items.
The fish dip, which we’ve skipped over on previous visits, quickly became one of our Bird & Bone musts. Buttered hunks of bread and smoked kingfish made for a dangerous combo; we could not stop eating it and kept the dish around the whole meal. Similarly, the Bird Waldorf salad (a gluten-free option) is a dish that needs no introduction — especially if you’ve read our praise in previous articles. The description alone will have you salivating: pulled chicken, frisée, spinach, nuts, apple, cheddar and Benton’s Ham Vinaigrette.
Brunch-specific items like the Sweet Potato Pancake Stack and Hot Chicken Fried Steak will make you wish you had a second stomach because they’re so big. The former is Thanksgiving on a plate; the dish’s toasted marshmallow, candied walnut, maple syrup and cinnamon had us on Cloud 9 and counting down the days until the holiday. The latter menu item isn’t the prettiest, but it’s one of the tastiest (and super filling). We ended up taking the tender breaded beef home, and it was just as good the next day for lunch.
The sleeper hit of the meal was Chef Hales’ Chicken Salad Sandwich. What comes to mind when you think of a chicken salad sandwich? Something exciting? Didn’t think so. Well, Bird & Bone’s sandwich is something worth getting excited about. This rendition with creamy chicken salad between some monstrous bread plus house mustard has ruined all future chicken salad sandwiches for us. And don’t get us started on the crack fries.
You can’t call this meal brunch without a bevy of beverages, and Bird & Bone has plenty to choose from. If you’re looking for something on the sweeter side, the Creamsicle Mimosa (prosecco, orange juice, cream, sugar) will satisfy your itch. Otherwise, order the Blackberry Bourbon Iced Tea (Bulleit Bourbon, black tea, blackberry, mint) or the Purdy Pear (Absolut Pear, St. Germain, ginger beer, basil, lime) for an ideal way to cool down and get buzzed.
Ultimately, Sunday brunch should be a time where you forget that you have to work tomorrow. With its appetizing fare and bountiful booze, Bird & Bone helps us make the most of those last few hours of freedom. And for that, we’re grateful (and full).