Posted by Laura Haynes in ansley mall, atlanta restaurants, bantamandbiddy, midtown food, midtown restaurants, shaun doty
Hallelujah! Finally, some culinary excitement in the Ansley Mall area of Midtown! Words couldn’t explain my disappointment when one of my favorite Atlanta restaurants, Shaun’s closed its doors. Best pork schnitzel I’ve ever had. So when I heard that Chef Shaun Doty (Shaun’s, Yeah! Burger) was going to join forces with Lance Gummere on a fast-casual chicken emporium concept, I was stoked. Not only does Bantam & Biddy deliver chicken done right, it also delivers on it’s promise of regional, organic and largely gluten-free options.
My friend Jessica and I briefly talked to Shaun and he told us that he was aching to pair the fast-casual concept with the ability to still bring the chef-driven inspirations to the table. Shaun is also very excited about the location of his new effort, mentioning that the clientele in the area have been clamoring for something like B&B in the neighborhood. Feast your eyes on the goodness below and apologies in advance for making you insatiably hungry.
Open-kitchen format with counter seating also available.
Did I mention their scrum-diddly-umptious cocktail menu that largely falls under a $7 price point?
You order your food at the front, and they bring the food to your table.
We started off things right with the Wings from the Snacks + Soup section. These Asian-infused wings were gobbled up in seconds and easily some of the best wings I've ever had. The spicy recipe is mixed with peanuts and a pickled cucumber salad. You need to try these. Trust me.
I know this is primarily a chicken emporium. There are, however, a few non-chicken dishes on the menu (including some great salads and vegetarian options). The Pork Schnitzel at Shaun's was my jam, so imagine my excitement when I saw it on the menu. Perfectly cooked in a buttery, lemon-y crust, it is served with an onion salad, peanuts and parsley on top. Drooling just thinking about it.
My friend went with the Carolina Chicken, served with pickled beets and goat cheese, and a side of sauteed broccolini and garlic. She loved every bite, thought suffice to say, her absolute favorite was also the wing appetizer. She also ordered one of the homemade sauces, the Blue Ridge BBQ, to dip the tender, juicy chicken into.
Bantam and Biddy also has a dessert bar, full of a plethora of mini pies and cakes. We went with the lemon meringue and chocolate. I am embarrassed to admit, that after all of that food, we still managed to scarf these down with ease.
B&B has everything you could possibly want in a fast-casual restaurant. Affordable, delectable cocktails, mini desserts that don't totally make you feel guilty, a plethora of gluten-free, organic menu options that cater to both the chicken lover and the vegetation lover. You usually don't think "gourmet" when you hear the word fast, but at B&B, you get it all. I'm just happy I have a good excuse now for visiting my Midtown friends a little bit more often!
Did I also mention? B&B will be available for delivery through Zifty very soon?