Bishop’s offers good food, service

Bishop’s Café has lived up to its motto thus far, providing the city of Tallahassee with “Good Ole Southern Cooking.”

After opening on Dec. 4, 2007, the family-based restaurant is unique and charming. Owner and head chef Keith Johnson said the motivation behind opening the café is simple: Food is his passion.

With the majority of the food prepared by Johnson and his wife Andrea, the café prides itself on serving fresh food.

“It’s good ole-fashioned cooking, and everything is fresh,” Johnson said.

The restaurant serves everything from pancakes and eggs in the morning to liver and onions in the afternoon.

Johnson, who has been cooking for churches and banquets for approximately 15 years, said, “smothered pork chops, baked turkey and gravy are the best foods prepared.”

He said he learned his home-style cooking techniques from his mother Elnora Ivory and began cooking at the age of 7.

The restaurant encompasses not only soulful cooking, but also a comfortable environment, making you feel like you are right at home. The colorful tables and the eclectic pictures in the restaurant make the atmosphere inviting and warm.

Café employees even agreed.

Bettie Powell, a cook and family friend of Johnson, has been working at the café since its opening.

“I like the togetherness of the café and it is very family-oriented. We work well together,” Powell said.

Johnson and his staff’s cooking proves to be delightful and fulfilling.

Alexis Blackwell, 21, a senior broadcast journalism student from Atlanta, said she tried Bishop’s cooking. She gave it two thumbs up.

“His food tastes like Heaven on Earth,” Blackwell said. “My favorite food is his chicken. It’s like gourmet soul food.”

It seems that quality customer service and quality food equal a great dining experience.

Bishop’s Café is located at 3348 Mahan Drive Suite 2, or you can call ahead for takeout orders at 878-7138.