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This restau­rant spe­cial­izes in ro­tis­serie chicken, served on the bone, in a cobb salad, turned into sausage or a pot pie. The pork schnitzel and grass-fed beef meat­loaf are also good choices. 1544 Pied­mont Rd (Ans­ley Mall), 404-907-3469, www.ban­ta­mand­

Robert laughed. Lee, who or­dered the meat­loaf, ap­par­ently knew food. Robert or­dered a quar­ter of the ro­tis­serie chicken. They or­dered a va­ri­ety of sides like mac and cheese, pick­led beets with goat cheese, and fen­nel slaw.

“So,” Robert said as they sat down, “thanks for invit­ing me to din­ner. This was on my list but I hadn’t made it yet. You seem to be a foodie, right?”

“I guess so,” Lee replied. “I grew up with a mother who dragged me to ev­ery restau­rant in New York…and Paris, too, for that mat­ter.”

“Wow, sounds like you had quite a priv­i­leged child­hood,” Robert said. “That must have been great fun.”

“I was lucky,” Lee said. “But it wasn’t al­ways fun. I staged quite a few tantrums in restau­rants. What five-year-old wants to eat snails?” “What do you do for a liv­ing?” Robert asked. “I have to use the re­stroom,” Lee said. When he came back a few min­utes later, he asked Robert how his Thanks­giv­ing had been and whether he was look­ing for­ward to Christ­mas.

“I went to Sa­van­nah for Thanks­giv­ing with my par­ents,” Robert said. “It was the usual two days of mind-numb­ing bore­dom. I don’t go home for Christ­mas, though. I am cook­ing din­ner for a group of friends, as al­ways. What about you?”

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