#2: Cakes & Ale


Photograph by Alex Martinez

Where does our dining critic eat most frequently whenoff the clock? Billy Allin’s buttery-lit boîte on the southeast corner of Decatur Square. No one vegetable-whispers like Allin, who accents the loveliest of-the-moment produce with flavors that unite the South, Italy, and the Middle East. His menu never stays still, but if you spy gnocchi or lamb shoulder with minted yogurt, pounce on them. The beverage program is in the best possible hands with Jordan Smelt, who has turned the short but deftly edited wine list into a Francophile’s fever dream.

254 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur, 404-377-7994, cakesandalerestaurant.com

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  1. Hungryjack

    July 8, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Have a snack before you go, and one prepared for when you get home. You are going to leave broke and hungry. Why????

  2. Les Moore

    September 20, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    This place seemed way overhyped to me. Noisy, pricey (although probably in line with other “trendy” places) and salty.

  3. Gr510

    October 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Great food, pretentious chef. Needs to calm down a little.

  4. Scott-ish

    July 23, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    The food is always excellent, drinks are consistently good and I’ve never once felt rushed through a meal. What’s not to love?