I finally made it to No.246 in Decatur, open about 6 weeks by Ford Fry (JCT Kitchen), and it was really, really good. So here's a new suggestion for the "should I go to ESS/Miller Union/Local 3" threads that always appear here.
The atmosphere is really nice--looks old even though it's new. It's next door to Leon's Full Service on Ponce. Weather was nice so the big windows along the front were open. It was a Monday, so the menu was the 4 course spaghetti supper, for $24/pp, and the restaurant was about half full at 6:30pm. Our party had the recommended basil pesto and the carbonara. Both were outstanding, although the pesto edged out the carbonara slightly. The salad was one of the best farm to table salads I've had in a long time. Tons of veggies--roasted brussel sprouts, radishes, cauliflower, small carrots, etc. It was dressed very lightly with balsamic dressing. And lots of parm cheese, of course. The tiny portion of tiramisu was the perfect size as dessert.
The place is mobbed on weekends so I've stayed away until now, but I believe they are now accepting reservations. We found street parking, but I think you can park in the courthouse deck for free on the weekends, near the square. Or take the Marta train and walk less than a block.
I look forward to returning. Cakes & Ale now has some good competition in the area!
Cakes & Ale Restaurant
254 W Ponce De Leon Ave, Decatur, GA 30030
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