Cakes & Ale is an example of a restaurant’s maturation into something brilliant. I remember the little fledgling store on Ponce and now they are on the forefront of the Decatur dining scene.
Cakes & Ale is the perfect date/communal gathering place because of its gourmet casual approach, with minimal clean design replete with romantic votive candles on the table. You can wear a cute cocktail dress or just some nice jeans because the vibe is like Decatur – casual and not pretentious. Need to eat alone or get out of the house from an annoying roommate? Stop at the Cakes bar and you are sure to meet someone.
The ever-changing seasonal menu, driven by Chef Billy Allin, is a fresh New South approach that’s very inventive and artisanal. I’ve always loved “southern popcorn” or fried okra and Cakes makes a nostalgic version that’s crispy on the outside with a vibrant green interior.
On Sunday, July 24, PAWS Atlanta will host a pet adoption fair from noon to 4 p.m. at their Decatur facility. PAWS Atlanta, one of the few “no kill” animal shelters in the metro area, will have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes to adopt that need a good home.
Each animal will be spayed or neutered and will be up-to-date on all vaccinations. Adopters will also receive a goody bag with treats, food, toys and other essential pet supplies.
For more information, please visit www.pawsatlanta.org.
As the AJC Decatur Book Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary, the Labor Day weekend festival will again include an LGBT track.
The festival is partnering with the Atlanta Queer Literary Festival to bring LGBT writers to town, according to Franklin Abbott, the chair and one of the founders of AQLF.
“We’re very excited about this,” he says. “The Decatur Book Festival is one of the most successful book festivals in the world and the biggest in the Southeast. Decatur is the perfect spot for it.”