Prayer Ribs

In fact the homey atmosphere created by the waiters and the cooking is almost contradictory to the upscale setting. These trappings, however, are pretty nice. The rooftop dining room, filled with starched linens and mirrored walls, leads out to one of the most pleasant wrought iron-trimmed balconies in the Grove, set with about ten tables. A superb sound system plays gospel, R&B, and instrumental jazz tunes, and a baby grand allows Bishop's to hire live entertainment, though I have yet to witness any. Business, it appears from the looks of things, has been so slow that "extras" such as live music and bulked up menus are equally tardy.

Yet Bishop's is caught in a quandary. The restaurant has great potential, which could remain untapped without enough customers to encourage it. But in the end I don't doubt improvement of some sort is on the way, however long it takes. These folks seem committed to learning the trade and doing the job till it's well done. At that point I'm sure I'll find myself beaming like a proud parent. Until then, spare the rod, spoil the restaurant.

Bishop's.
3138 Commodore Plaza, Coconut Grove; 305-774-6911. Dinner Wednesday and Thursday from 5:00 till 10:00 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m. till midnight. Sunday from 1:00 till 10:0 p.m.

Oxtail soup $7.95
Catfish fingers $7.95
Fried chicken with gravy $15.95
Short ribs $18.95
Banana pudding $7.

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