Food

Kool-Aid pickles? Yardbird gets creative with the pickling process

Image
From okra and turnips to jalapeños and cauliflower, Yardbird offers 22 varieties of pickles.
Photo: Mikayla Whitmore

The Kitchen Pickle Jar ($6) at Yardbird Southern Table & Bar is an automatic order, an obviously perfect way to start your meal. It’s a colorful assortment of house-pickled vegetables, almost always containing carrots, tomatillos, two different kinds of cucumbers and bright yellow cauliflower seasoned (and painted) with turmeric.

Extreme pickling! An assortment of pickles at Yardbird.

But that’s just the tip of the pickle iceberg at Yardbird. If you know chef Todd Harrington, you know he doesn’t like to be outdone. When he found out the kitchen at the original Yardbird in Miami was making 11 different pickles, he decided to double it. Vegas Yardbird has at least 22 different pickles available at all times from okra, jalapeño and turnips to mustard seed, fennel, and hard-boiled eggs made red from beet juice.

Harrington and his crew are pickling oysters. They’re pickling sauerkraut for sandwiches. They’re pickling watermelon rind with sweet, sour, almost cinnamon-y results, thanks to a bit of allspice in the brine. They’re pickling two or three times a week with 19 different brines and the best seasonal vegetables they can find. They’re pickling cucumbers with Kool-Aid, which is apparently a thing in the South and needs to be tasted to be believed. So next time you eat at Yardbird, pay attention to your pickles, and maybe ask for more of your favorites.

Yardbird Venetian, 702-297-6541. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.

Tags: Dining, Food
Share
Photo of Brock Radke

Brock is an award-winning writer who has been documenting life in Las Vegas for 20 years. He currently leads entertainment ...

Get more Brock Radke
  • Opened by restaurateurs Chris Connors and Li Sun—who own Me Gusta Tacos, also at the District at Green Valley the new spot is a sunshine-filled ...

  • Most food and beverage items are offered as a trio—flights of shrimp, ceviche, mac ’n’ cheese, dips and pita, and even salad.

  • The restaurant takes after the Chipotle model, in which your meal is prepared to order along an assembly line of fresh ingredients.

  • Get More Dining Stories
Top of Story