After a lovely tea party at Bishop’s Coffee and Tea, the owner and I crossed Piedmont to share lunch at Bantam and Biddy, the all-natural rotisserie chicken restaurant opened by Shaun Doty at Ansley Mall.
Bishop had become a regular while renovating the space for her cafe’ across the street. The staff welcomed us as we chose a table in the sunny dining room. She ordered her usual, a quarter rotisserie chicken with the kale salad. It sounded perfect so I duplicated her order, requesting the crispiest skin possible on the chicken. Both of us were a little naughty, ordering sweet potato fries on the side.
Having sold his interest in Yeah! Burger, Doty focused on his casual chicken concept in 2010, partnering with Lance Gummere in 2012 to expand the brand. Like the menu at his now-shuttered Shaun’s in Inman Park, the menu at Bantam and Biddy offers many gluten-free options and reflects Doty’s commitment to serve locally sourced proteins and vegetables.
Our plates arrived, fresh, vibrant, and almost southern. My chicken’s skin was sufficiently crispy and the meat beneath it was juicy, especially when dipped into the tangy piri piri sauce, one of three offered with the chicken entrees. Bishop swears by the wasakaka sauce made with garlic and parsley. I adored the kale salad studded with chewy wheatberries and the little cornbread muffin. Sweet potato fries were crispy without a hint of greasiness.
We polished off our tasty lunches feeling healthy and satisfied. Now with four locations, including Lenox and Avalon, the chefs are serving salads, sandwiches, and entrees featuring local free-range chicken to more Atlantans than ever.
1544 Piedmont Avenue NE, Suite 301 404-907-3469