Decatur was just named #1 in a Top 10 List of Foodie Cities by Livibility.com. We beat out some pretty delicious competition such as Sante Fe, NM and Berkley, CA – home of Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. This was not a popular competition, but a critical assessment by their staff after consulting with food experts, food critics, chefs, and editors of newspapers and magazines. They limited their destinations to cities under 250,000.
We were judged on the quality of our food traditions, whether our chefs had national recognition, as well as our residents having access to cooking schools, farmer’s markets, and food festivals. Also included in the consideration was whether our city had craft breweries and a good wine culture. And lastly, we were judged on whether our city offered a high quality of life in which restaurants are just one of the amenities that help residents thrive. Yes to all of the above.
In the article the writer said that Decatur looked like it had been planned by a foodie, with block after block of independent, chef/owned restaurants, pubs, and cafes. They mentioned Café Alsace, Café Lily, Cakes & Ale, No. 246, Parkers on Ponce, and the Iberian Pig as some outstanding examples of what Decatur has to offer.
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And it doesn’t stop there; a friend of mine who lives in DC sent me an article from the March 31, 2013 issue of The Washington Post entitled “Three Bold Restaurants Stirring up the South.” The article was a full page in the post and did detailed assessments of their three favorite restaurants. Our own, Cake & Ale was one of the three. The other two were The Optimist who is owned by Chef Ford Fry – owner of our No. 246; and the last one was General Muir, a deli at Emory Point – not far from Decatur.
Restaurants are such an interesting partnership between the owners, the customers, and the city government. They all have to be healthy and thriving for any one of them to work. Thanks to all of the hard working, creative restaurant chefs and owners, the city staff that make Decatur a good place to live and work, and you, the customers who support it all.