REVIEW: Bantam + Biddy, Midtown Atlanta
We continue our support of Midtown Restaurant Week and we arrived early at Bantam + Biddy for dinner on a weekday evening, and were greeted and seated right away. There was hardly anyone else there at first, but there were quite a few others diners throughout the course of our meal. I think you’ll probably find the same experience for dinner on a weekday but we’re told lunch is busy on the weekends, especially breakfast, can be down right dangerous so plan accordingly.
The staff there was so incredibly nice, I really cannot describe how welcoming they were – super nice people! I hope you’ll find the same reception that we did. Needless to say, we had our drinks right away and were soon perusing the menu in search of something fantastic. Melanie locked onto the Chicken & Waffles. We’d heard this combo before but had never tried it. She was eager to take a stab at it. I couldn’t quite gear up for that and the thing that caught my eye was the Wasabi Honey that comes with the Chicken Tenders. But even loving wasabi the way I do, I didn’t see it blending well with honey. They would have to convince me.
We decided to start the meal though with the Pimento Cheese appetizer. We’ve been on a pimento cheese kick ever since our visit to Phickles Phun Foods in Athens. So far we’ve not found anything that was as good as their pimento cheese spread. The appetizer comes with some of the best crackers known to man along with celery and carrots. It’s a grated cheese in a pimento sauce so it’s best spread with a knife. It is delicious though and an excellent beginning to a meal.
When our entrées arrived, I was ready to move on and I could not believe how hot the chicken was! I could barely pick it up it was so hot. BIG plus in my column, as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE food served HOT! I selected the Cheddar Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar Mac & Cheese to accompany my meal. The potatoes was the unexpected surprise! I’m not sure what they put in them, but they were totally awesome. The Mac & Cheese though was far more predictable and I wish I had tried something else. I thought the chicken was battered just a tad too heavy for my preferences but had a nice flavor. Since they were piping hot and obviously just came out of the fryer, they tend to have some more grease than I would like but what’s fried chicken without it? The real eye-popper was the Wasabi Honey. This was so amazing! I really loved it! I can’t wait to try it with the leftovers.
Melanie loved her Chicken & Waffles. She really enjoyed the waffle and though she felt the same way about the grease as I did, but she thought the batter was just fine. She was really wowed with the flavor of the meal. She was especially fond of the Bourbon-Pecan Syrup and the Vanilla Bean Apple Sauce. She was still raving about each in the car on the way home.
I tried the Cornbread but thought it was just a little dry and the jalapeño a tad overpowering. In general, I don’t like cornbread served like a little muffin. I’m a traditionalist when it comes to cornbread and like to see it prepared in a pan or cast iron skillet. Melanie liked the flavor of her biscuit but thought it was a little greasy and she found that to be a turn off.
Overall, we liked Bantam + Biddy very much. Although I’m sure it would be packed for breakfast almost any day of the week, we really want to come back to experience that. Bantam + Biddy is a sure bet for chicken lovers and we think it makes a great place in Midtown to meet with friends. Guten appetit!