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Chick-a-Biddy Restaurant review, Atlanta

Wood-grilled piri piri chicken (credit: Becky Stein)

Wood-grilled piri piri chicken (credit: Becky Stein)

In tomorrow’s AJC I have a review of Chick-a-Biddy, the sister restaurant to Bantam & Biddy from Shaun Doty and Lance Gummere.

Local product use, chef-driven menus and a diner-esque vibe are trademarks of the two chicken haunts. After that, they begin to distinguish their unique personalities. The family-friendly Bantam & Biddy was developed to fit the Ansley community, which it does so well. According to Doty, both the decor and the menu take inspiration from the past at Bantam.

Chick-a-Biddy, on the other hand, serves the Atlantic Station crowd, folks out for a little fun and entertainment. Here, Doty and Gummere take a more modern and forward-thinking approach. What they’ve created seems to resonate with this audience, but like Bantam & Biddy, may require additional settle-in time to evolve into a true destination.

I gave it a grade of 2 stars.

Subscribers can read the full review on myajc.com.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food and More blog

21 comments Add your comment

Maude

October 24th, 2013
7:28 am

This was a review??? Look at the title of the article.

Atlanta Mom

October 24th, 2013
8:01 am

The owners of this restaurant group must have something on someone at the AJC. I can’t believe how much free publicity they’ve gotten.

Edward

October 24th, 2013
10:43 am

Interesting that two comments have absolutely nothing to offer on the subject, just whining about the review. I’m anxious to try Chick-a-Biddy since I really enjoy Bantam & Biddy. I’ve not had a bad bite there, yet, and I’ve been numerous times.

MANGLER

October 24th, 2013
12:33 pm

They are both great. Totally different presentation and feel. Both have great menus.
The staff at Chick a Biddy is also quite playful and entertaining.

steelekirk

October 24th, 2013
12:47 pm

The review is on AJC.com

fatmire

October 24th, 2013
2:09 pm

I’ll meet with the itti titti committee at either biddy.

just me

October 24th, 2013
4:27 pm

noooo… the review is on MYajc.com

You gotta pay to play people.

AzCat

October 24th, 2013
5:12 pm

Just had lunch there today. Ordinary food, average service, pricy for what you’re getting. If the chicken, or the sides, had wowed me, I would go back. None of them did and I won’t. Sidenote to the servers: when you seat customers right next to the drink station, you might want to be careful what you say to one another. Very little of their conversation was ‘playful and entertaining’.

zeke

October 25th, 2013
7:11 am

It is becoming very clear that newspapers are going the way of the DODO bird! With such scams as these pay so called premium sites, it will happen sooner rather than later! Cannot wait for these fool rags to close!!!!

art

October 26th, 2013
10:28 am

I just don’t understand the continued bashing of pay-per-view newspaper websites. Further, I really don’t understand why folks continue to use this food blog to voice their dissension. Write a letter to the editor for pete’s sake and be done with your whining. We are such an entitled society. There, I got that off my chest. For what is it’s worth, in addition to Jenny’s review, Jon Watson also has a review this week on the “Illegal Food” restaurant. Both are certainly worth 99 cents for a read.

DumpyTheDwarf

October 27th, 2013
1:13 am

Hey Art….why don’t you go over to your pay site and make stupid comments to your 99 cent friends.

greg

October 27th, 2013
8:12 am

Sorry Art…I am whining….

TimB

October 27th, 2013
8:21 am

Well said, art. Did all you complainers say anything when you had to pay for the AJC to be delivered to your house every day? Can you pick up the print edition of the AJC for free anywhere? You can still read the AJC for free online, and if you want to read restaurant reviews, you can go to any of the other free sites that review restaurants. But then you’d have to find something else to complain about.

What

October 28th, 2013
5:40 pm

What kind of name is Chick-a-biddy?

Dave

October 28th, 2013
7:20 pm

Here’s part of the problem with MyAJC.com: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/fronts/US?SITE=AP

Most of the content in the paper paper is from AP.

The unique content at MyAJC.com doesn’t justify the asking price, more than NYTimes.com gets for its content. Much of that content is duplicated at local TV and radio news websites.

I don’t have a problem paying for news, the problem is pricing. Years ago you had the nightly news, a news radio station and the local paper. You could spring for Newsweek or Time if you wanted.

Then came the internet with hundreds of news sources, some good, some great and others….

To my mind, the only way that the AJC and other news content providers are going to survive is to use the cable/iTunes model – put all content behind a wall and charge a market price for it. Pay the content providers based on hits. Bad content dies off. Good content abides, dude.

One of these days I’m going to give Chick-a-Biddy a try. The Ansley sister restaurant is pretty good.

Baltisraul......

October 29th, 2013
8:28 am

Atlanta Mom…..what possibly could any restaurant have on any newspaper? What power would they hold over the 4th Estate when the paper always has the last word on the subject?

Edward

October 29th, 2013
10:32 am

A food column putting out an article on a new restaurant opening, OMG it must be a conspiracy! SMH…

Baltisraul......

October 29th, 2013
1:08 pm

Edward…..could you imagine the comments if a new place opened and it was named ‘The 3rd Bullit Theory’ or ‘Grassy Knoll”?

MrHughes

October 29th, 2013
2:44 pm

I went to Chick-a-Biddy once as someone who works at Atlantic Station. I wasn’t impressed. The music is too loud and the food tries too hard. A whole wheat waffle is a great option, but I don’t want that choice made for me. If I am going to eat a waffle, then I don’t want it healthy necessarily. The smoothies are ghastly. I had the mango, pineapple, lime, and avocado smoothie after the server pitched it as amazing despite my skepticism. It wasn’t amazing. I’m not a chef, but I knew that those ingredients don’t go together. The fries were good. The watermelon feta salad suffered from a lack of sweet watermelon. The chicken sandwich was great even though it wasn’t “as big as my head”. There’s something to be said for sales, being realistic, tempering expectations, and pitching/adding on items solely for the purposes of a better tip. That’s service 101. Sell what you like, but don’t pitch it as the best ever when it is not. If I don’t trust you, then I am not going to go back. If I went back then I would not try anything that seemed outside of the box. Part of this restaurants problem is that it thinks that it is smarter than what it is. For the life of me I don’t understand how you can have a chicken restaurant, with homestyle/farm fresh sides, in the south and not serve Mac & Cheese. Anyway… my two cents about the restaurant. As for the pay AJC site… They have a right to not give their product away for free. Frankly, I can’t think of any way to show greater contempt of your product than to give it away for free. If you don’t want to buy it, then don’t. But, complaining about not having access to the same edition subscribers pay for is the equivalent of demanding to see a movie for free or have a meal for free.

Edward

October 29th, 2013
3:23 pm

I bet you were expecting one of those syrupy-sugary-sweet smoothies you find at all those chain joints, right? Sorry. The Mango-Pineapple-Lime-Avocado do go very well together (and would make a killer ceviche or salsa, too, come to think of it). The whole-wheat waffle and the lack of sugar poured onto everything is one of the big reasons I do like it. And they certainly do have mac&cheese, on the dinner menu. You do realize a lot of restaurants have a different menu for brunch and dinner, right?

MrHughes

October 30th, 2013
11:46 pm

Edward, I normally make my own smoothies. I use fruit and plain yogurt. I don’t go to Smoothie King because I know that turnbinado is sugar. If I got a smoothie out I would only get it at a GNC or an Nrgize. None of the approximately 50 people I shared that smoothie recipe with thought that it sounded appetizing. I’m glad that you like it because there are many that won’t. I’ve been juicing since the mid 90’s, so I understand flavor combinations. Avocado works in smoothies. Mr Lee’s on Buford Highway does a fantastic avocado smoothie. That’s good to hear. Their dipping sauces are outstanding. The creole mayo, honey wasabi are both excellent. The house made pickles are excellent. I love that their deserts come from the Sweet Auburn Bread Company. Hopefully they have fixed their issues. My issue with the waffle was about having choices. As for the Mac & Cheese being on the dinner menu… I don’t recall it being on the dinner menu when they opened or else I would have tried it. Maybe they heard some feedback and decided to make some much needed changes.