I would trade a breakfast at Gato Bizco any day over one at Radial, and maybe even over one at the ‘biscuit’. A row of approximately eight booths line one wall, and then you have counter seating in the middle with the cook stations against the other wall. It’s an awesomely small, dark space that seems to feel like everyone who comes in is just waking up for the day. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t ever get busy. However, I think you can avoid anything near the wait you’ll find across the street.
We sat at the counter, right in front of the flat top skillet where they cook/prepare nearly all of the food. If you ever get the chance, sit here because you’re in for a show. Cooking is an art, and blah blah blah all that. What I find masterful and great are the line cooks or can prepare six or seven orders at once and keep going, ultimately multi-tasking better than any automaton could. Some people can’t handle one pan in their kitchen, try four pans with omlettes going, a flat skillet in the middle with various toast, biscuits, sausages. You name it, all of it cooking with different start and stop times, and then coordinating their plating schedules. It’s always a great scene to watch. As I sat there eating my delicious omelette, with buttered biscuits (which actually rival the ones as the Flying B), and a cup of coffee, I wished to myself that more orders would come in – just so the show could continue.
I’m not sure if this is a regular thing. Maybe they only have two people working the station sometimes. Maybe the person usually isn’t so great at cooking seven orders at once. Who knows? I just know that my girlfriend and I both agreed that it was an awesomely good spot to observe the slinging hash.
The food? It’s on part with most of the better brunch spots in Atlanta. The atmosphere is more quiet, more neighborhood cafe, and less full blown chain-restaurant. It’s good here and should definitely hold a spot in your rotation of regular breakfast stops.
Review Summary: 4.6 out of 5
1660 McLendon Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30307