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Forget Chick-Fil-A because Atlanta has a brand new option for delicious chicken…and it’s healthy for you too. Bantam and Biddy, a fast casual chicken restaurant concept from Shaun Doty (of Shaun’s and Yeah Burger fame) is now open for business in the Ansley Mall. This new Midtown establishment has the potential to be both a destination dining experience and also a neighborhood joint where families can eat or get food to go. Doty (featured above) and his partner Lance Gummere (formerly of the The Shed at Glenwood) are birds of a feather sharing passions for locally pastured and all-natural poultry, plus seasonal, organic veggies and other regional fare.

Start with the Bee’s Knees cocktail: a delightful concoction of gin and juices. It’s pink, and it tastes pink, which makes this drink about as Pretty Southern as gin can get! Along with a cool cocktail list, there’s a decent selection of wine and craft beer. For appetizers, we sampled the Pimento Cheese and Chopped Chicken Livers.

For an entree, the pesto penne topped with roasted chicken is sure to please. Other fantastic menu options include a Meat & Three combination. We recommend the half-rotisserie chicken served with sides such as duck fat fries, Brussell sprouts, and creamy mac & cheese. Some other favorite items on the old Shaun’s menu have also made an appearance, including the schnitzel. Bantam + Biddy is also now serving breakfast!

But don’t forget dessert! There’s a lovely case proffering mini pies in a variety of flavors including Cherry, Lemon Meringue and the Banoffee (banana caramel toffee). Bantam + Biddy is already so good there are even rumors of a second location at Atlantic Station (eta to open in early 2013). For more information on Bantam + Biddy, Like them on Facebook PLUS claim their offer for a free chocolate chip pecan OR gluten free chocolate chip while supplies last.