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Atlanta's Petit Chou Brings New Value to Historical Community with French-Southern Fare

By Kelly Church

A locally-owned French-southern bistro, Petit Chou serves Atlanta, GA a carefully crafted menu with ingredients sourced locally. Petit Chou sits on the edge of Cabbagetown, a historical district rooted in cotton milling. For Executive Chef Diana Presson Eller, Petit Chou (a French face which directly translates to "little cabbage") was an opportunity to bring together the community.

"Petit Chou is a concept that I've had in my heart for years," Eller said. "I'm passionate about all things food and beverage, but I'm also passionate about people, women's rights and human rights. I wanted to create a neighborhood bistro that is of value to our community; offering warm hospitality and unfussy café fare made with top-notch local products."

Everything in Petit Chou was selected carefully. The interior design of the building is what Eller called "reclaimed industrial." Décor includes 100-year-old reclaimed wood that is thought to have come from the old Atlanta Police Stables and the doors of The Eyedrum Gallery's demolition.

"Small details such as the Himalayan pink salt and flowers in old milk jugs brought from a friend's farm exemplify our gratitude for our guests' presence," Eller said.

On the menu, Petit Chou has a variety of breakfast and lunch options with fresh flavors. Eller said her personal favorites are the Croque Monsieur, a breakfast item with grilled ham on sprouted grain bread, melted cheese, Dijon mustard, gruyere and topped with locally-sourced baby lettuce. The Croque Madame is another version, featuring grilled ham, melted cheese, Dijon mustard, gruyere cheese and a poached egg on top.

For lunch, the Lemony Chicken Breast Sandwich fills a southern baguette with avocado mayo, house boursin cheese, baby lettuce, tomatoes and red onion. The Ratatouille Sandwich is a vegetarian option, highlighting local roasted vegetables including eggplant, zucchini, squash, red bell pepper, tomato and onion with herbs, boursin cheese, arugula and red onion.

Petit Chou also has an assortment of coffee beverages available, including espresso, chai and hot chocolate. Guests can opt for golden almond milk instead of regular milk. To make beverages extra special, Petit Chou has a homemade Madagascar vanilla syrup that can be added to any drink.

Petit Chou has been open since March 2017, and Eller believes the restaurant has plenty of room to grow, but is still having a positive impact on the community.

"We are young, primarily young women, trying to make a positive impact in Atlanta, as well as in our dining and business scene as a whole," Eller said. "We aren't reinventing the wheel. We simply hope that you'll enjoy the way our wheel spins."

To learn more about Petit Chou and see the full menu, visit petitchouatl.com.

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