254 W Ponce de Leon Ave
Atlanta, GA 30030
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Average Main Course Price is $14
The name of this restaurant references a line of Shakespeare's, and though it does have its own sunny little bakery (which shares a similar vibe to Thomas Keller's Bouchon), the restaurant is neither pub nor bakery. Instead, Decatur's Cakes & Ale focuses on producing a rotating menu of contemporary, seasonal, American-fusion plates. Whole-roasted fish, local meats and fresh-plucked veggies dictate the menu. Well-executed dishes benefit from unexpected ingredients (a dollop of green harissa here, a drizzle of fennel pollen or raab paste there) and from the well-curated list of wide-ranging wines. Snag one of the baked goodies at the bakery next door for dessert or an impromptu snack.
Best Because: Decatur's consummate fine-dining restaurant touts an opulent American restaurant and a Parisian-style bakery side-by-side.