New Restaurant Opening April 2014- The Bishop

Your favorite new restaurant is opening this Spring 2014. The Bishop is a fresh face to a familiar scene and is taking over Atlanta. Even as the "new kid in town," The Bishop has already made quite the name for itself. Located in the trendy and charming Avondale Estates area, a historic town located just outside of Decatur, this restaurant and bar is set to debut this April. Luellen Marshall, the first venture of owner-operator and longtime Avondale Estates resident, explains how The Bishop showcases a collection of family recipes inspired by American classics and comfort food. Marshall has over 20 years of restaurant experience and owes much of his success and love of cooking to his family.

The Bishop is named after Marshall's son, Bishop, as a tribute to his great, great grandfather of the same name. Using only local and natural ingredients, The Bishop's menu embodies Marshall's neighborhood-centric philosophy. "Our menus reflect The Bishop's place as a true neighborhood mainstay and community gathering spot," said Marshall. "Diners can expect to enjoy an abundant array of our family's favorite dishes, seasonal cocktails and even wines on tap." The menu boasts such tantalizing starters such as Bishop's house chips made with red bliss potatoes fried to a golden brown and served with parmesan and garlic aioli; grilled artichokes with burnt lemon and roasted garlic ailoli; and a Southern picnic board complete with pimento cheese, cream cheese and pepper jelly, fresh vegetables, buttered club crackers and country ham. Make sure you save room for dinner. With classics including smoked fried chicken served with whipped cauliflower, honey butter and black eyed pea caviar; Gum Creek Creole ham with smoked gouda grits, glazed turnip greens and jalapeno jelly; salsa verde hangar steak with spicy salsa verde marinade, fennel puree and radish slaw; and slow roasted prime rib with natural jus, you won't want to skip a bite.

If you need something on the lighter side, enjoy a lobster cobb with tomato, radish, avocado and soft egg and saffron risotto with market vegetables, citrus and parmesan. Classic sandwich selections are always a fan favorite, such as the Pine Street BLT with thick cut applewood smoked bacon, lettuce and fried green tomatoes on grilled sourdough. The cocktail list, similar to the main menu, showcases seasonal flavors in each libation. For warmer days (and their Spring grand opening) guests can enjoy such Spring cocktails as a "hibiscus iced tea" with Belvedere vodka, lemon bitters and rhubarb juice; "the sourwood" with Gentleman Jack whiskey, fresh lemon, sourwood honey, orange and lemon bitters topped with wheat beer; and the "Moscow mule" with Stolichnaya vodka, fresh lime, ginger beer and lime zest. Guests are also encouraged order wine growlers and wines from tap, which offers exclusive vineyard varieties with outstanding quality. For more information about the author, Denielle D'Ambrosio, please visit my Google+ profile page.