Jordan Smelt isn’t working with much space inside the bakery adjacent to Cakes & Ale, but he hardly needs more than eight bar stools to charm the New World pants off any California-loving sipper. European pours like hard-to-find sparkling wines of Germany (Peter Jakob Kühn) or an esoteric Malbec out of France’s Loire Valley dominate the short but instructive list. Smelt and his team will field as many questions as you can throw, which isn’t many once a terrific plate of lightly fried zucchini and a pork terrine land in front of you. 151 Sycamore Street, Decatur, cakesandalerestaurant.com
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This article originally appeared in our November 2015 issue.