July 4th hitting on Wednesday shouldn't keep you from getting all you can out of the holiday. Along with plenty of places to see fireworks, Miami has plenty of places to feast on barbecue if you're not already firing up your own grill. Check out some of the options:
· Yardbird Southern Table & Bar
Where: 1600 Lenox Avenue
What: Executive chef Jeff McInnis and the folks at Yardbird are throwing down an Independence Day Barbecue on Wednesday featuring a char-grilled free range chicken feast ($24 for half bird/$48 for fullbird) with all the summer sides: fingerling potato salad, gulf shrimp "cole slaw", grilled corn on the cob, barbeque baked beans and corn bread. The specialty libations for the celebration are a red raspberry bourbon sour, white peach ginger sling and a blueberry balsamic breeze. The finishing touch is a red, white and blue ice cream cake.
Menu: Yardbird's Independence Day Barbecue
Where: 6927 Biscayne Boulevard
What: This year, Michelle Bernstein is cooking for your July 4th barbecue, offering take-out fried chicken or rib platters for two. Each package is $50 and includes mashed potatoes & gravy, coleslaw, two biscuits and two red velvet cupcakes. Orders are available for pickup from 3 and 6:30 p.m.
· Area 31
Where: 270 Biscayne Boulevard Way
What: With a great view on the 16th floor of the EPIC hotel, Area 31 is offering specialty priced bar snacks, such as rock shrimp ceviche and chorizo potato croquettas, and cocktails from 5 to 10 p.m.
Where: 1111 Lincoln Rd
What: Another restaurant with a spectacular fireworks view, Juvia is offering a reservations-only dinner Wednesday night with menu highlights including hamachi espuma, salmon nashi, Chilean sea bas and aji planka lamb chops. There are two dinner seatings: 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Delano Hotel, 1685 Collins Ave
What: Mixing Italian cuisine into an "all-American Backyard BBQ", Bianca will be serving a feast of barbecue ribs and grilled seafood from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m in the Delano's orchard. The celebration costs $75 per person.
· Brother Jimmy's
Where: 900 S Miami Ave
What: Brother Jimmy's is shutting down the block from 4 to 10 pm with live music and complimentary pig roast, rum cocktails, twisted tea and select domestic beers.
[Yardbird Photo Courtesy of Nitrolicious]