Open late for dessert and drinks Fri.-Sat.
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Cakes & Ale Restaurant Review: This distinctive establishment is known for its inventive cooking that has contributed greatly to making Decatur a dining destination. Billy and Kristin Allin share duties, with his realm being the kitchen and hers being the front of the house. Despite a seasonal menu, the arancini (rice fritters) with fennel pollen seem to have staying power, as do the potato gnocchi, with such adornments as a veal and rabbit bolognese sauce. Chicken from local Darby Farms achieves simple glory when roasted in the wood-burning oven. The restaurant proposes so many vegetable dishes that no vegetarian will feel limited. Desserts get equal attention: Georgia produces an abundance of blueberries, and we happily dipped into the blueberry crisp with house-made butter pecan ice cream. First-rate beers are available on tap and by the bottle, and the short wine list is well-constructed. Numerous selections are offered by the glass and by the carafe, as well as the bottle, many at sensible prices. Rosés abound, even in the dead of winter because they go with the food.