Thursday, September 12, 2013

Glutton at Large: Guide to eating in Decatur

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 11:40 AM

BARFLY: Cakes and Ale's ratatouille with polenta and farm egg
  • James Camp
  • BARFLY: Cakes and Ale's ratatouille with polenta and farm egg

For this week's Glutton at Large column, I crawled Decatur and rediscovered what a treasure it is. I hit Cakes & Ale, Paper Plane, and the Pinewood Tippling Room all in one night, and you can read all about it here. But Decatur is loaded with seemingly endless food and beverage options. There wasn't enough room to mention of all of my favorite spots in print, so I had to take it to the blog. While this is by no means an exhaustive list, it's a good place to start whether you want to grab a beer, a meal, or a quick sweet treat in Decatur:

Big Tex Cantina
Brunch is the best time to visit this Texas-inspired restaurant from the famous Fox Brothers. Try the food-coma-inducing platter of biscuits, gravy, fried chicken, and eggs. 308 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-3939. www.bigtexdecatur.com.

Brick Store Pub
The temple to beer is among the country's finest. Food can be middling, but who cares? Go here for the beer. Don't forget to check out the Belgian room. 125 E. Court Square, Decatur. 404-687-0990. www.brickstorepub.com.

Cafe Alsace
I have not visited in a long while, but many of my friends swear by Cafe Alsace. It is especially worth mentioning since it is one of the few French restaurants in Atlanta. 121 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-373-5622. www.cafealsace.net.

STREET EATS: (clockwise from top left) Chai Pani's Bombay chili cheese fries, sev potato dahi puri, and kale pakoras.
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  • STREET EATS: (clockwise from top left) Chai Pani's Bombay chili cheese fries, sev potato dahi puri, and kale pakoras.

Chai Pani
Fun, casual, and vibrant Indian street food spot where you can get more authentic dishes like thali to the more Western-leaning ones like fries topped with cilantro and tomato chutney. 406 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-4030. www.chaipanidecatur.com.

Dancing Goats Coffee Bar
Spacious and packed with telecommuters galore, this coffee shop that uses locally roasted Batdorf & Bronson beans is the place to settle in for a perfect cup of coffee and a little people watching. 419 W. Ponce de Leon Avenue. Decatur. 404-687-1100. www.dancinggoats.com.

Duck's Kitchen
Previously Duck's Cosmic Kitchen, Duck's offers salads and sandwiches a-plenty, but the real reason to come here is the baked cinnamon cake doughnuts that are encrusted with crunchy sugar. 111 New Street, Decatur. 404-371-8823. www.duckskitchen.com.

Farm Burger
Somehow, burgers here are a little less guilt-inducing. Perhaps, because of the prime, local ingredients the restaurant sources? It's one of Atlanta's finest burger spots and just a cool place to hang with your friends and family as well. 10 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-5077. www.farmburger.net.

Las Brasas
This postage stamp-sized Peruvian chicken restaurant has become a neighborhood mainstay. Cheesy potatoes, super flavorful roast chicken, and a vibrant green spicy sauce make this to-go spot destination-worthy. 310 E. Howard Ave., Decatur. 404-377-9121. www.lasbrasasdecatur.com.

No. 246
Pizzas and pasta are a win at this Mediterranean-inspired restaurant whose menu centers around a wood-fired oven. 129 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 678-399-8246. www.no246.com.

Pastries a Go Go

Pastries a Go Go
The South and biscuits go hand in hand and this breakfast spots/bakery makes a beautiful biscuit. Get it as a breakfast sandwich filled with bacon, cheese, and eggs or slathered in gravy. Don't overlook the pastry case either. 235 Ponce de Leon Place, Decatur. 404-373-3423. www.pastriesagogo.com.

Sawicki's Meat, Seafood and More
Chef Lynn Sawicki left Star Provisions to open this sandwich shop/butcher/fish store. Sandwiches are creative and the cuts fresh and creative. Keep an eye out for fun sweet treats and various gourmet sundries. 250 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur. 404-377-0992. www.sawickisfoods.com.

Southern Sweets Bakery
A place where towering cakes in traditional flavors like coconut cake and the surprisingly excellent vegan cakes are sold whole or by the slice. They also make solid sandwiches. 186 Rio Circle, Decatur. 404-373-8752. www.southernsweets.com.

Taco Mac
Say what you will about this chain, but they make some pretty great wings. Make sure you ask for them extra crispy - it takes longer, but it's worth it - and the nachos are tasty, too. This location is currently closed for a remodel, but will reopen soon. 240 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-378-4140. www.tacomac.com/locations/decatur.

Taqueria del Sol
Purists may scoff at this Texican treasure, but it's hard to fight the craving for a fried chicken taco or hatch chile masterpiece when the craving strikes. 359 W. Ponce de Leon Ave., Decatur. 404-377-7668. www.taqueriadelsol.com.

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