Miami-based Yardbird puts a sexy spin on down-home cooking in a stylish space near Klyde Warren Park. Classics like chicken and waffles and shrimp and grits get ingredient upgrades and creative tweaks. Fancy plating further elevates them. Prices are elevated too. Try this: The Field Pea Hummus was a well-seasoned puree of fresh peas topped with pistachios and micro-cilantro and served with crudités and crackers. Lewellyn’s Fine Fried Chicken was brined and “pressure-fried” for moist meat with a super-crispy crust; it’s especially good drizzled with the accompanying honey hot sauce. À la carte sides of spicy-sweet brussels sprouts and comforting cheese grits did not disappoint. Pro tip: Validated parking is available in the Park District garage.