Decatur’s Cakes & Ale makes list of The South’s Best Restaurants
The list of 30 restaurants came from chef recommendations, including from Cakes & Ale’s Billy Allin.
“Southern Living” said, “This year, we asked our favorite chefs where they’re eating, and the short answer is everywhere. With the help of the men and women behind kitchens such as The Grey, Cakes & Ale, and Cochon, we’ve managed to narrow the list down to thirty eateries that everyone needs to try stat.”
Jason Caslow, a spokesman for the restaurant, said, “Billy, as an industry leader, was asked to recommend his favorite places (he gave them a list that included Fig (Charleston) and Lantern (Chapel Hill).” Caslow clarified that chefs invited to make recommendations did not recommend their own restaurants and that another chef nominated Cakes & Ale.
Southern Living said of the Decatur restaurant, “At chef Billy Allin’s Cakes & Ale, rich burrata takes to the plate with watermelon, beets, and nigella seeds, and ribbons of sagnarelli pasta meet quail, lady peas, and mustard greens. The marriage of seasonal Southern ingredients with flavors influenced by his family’s Napoli heritage has made the restaurant a local favorite.”