Don’t know where to eat in Decatur? Now you will be able to visit many of Decatur’s popular restaurants on-line in a video tour. Beginning Spring 2013, the VisitDecaturGeorgia.com website makes it easy for you to choose a restaurant to suit your needs. Simply visit the site and click on “Decatur Restaurant-Tour” to take a virtual tour of several local restaurants. You will meet the chefs, experience the restaurant’s ambiance, see what’s on the menu, and share some of the behind-the- scenes kitchen secrets first hand. Mary Moore, chef and owner of Cook’s Warehouse, will be your tour host. With her experience as a chef and as a business owner, she will knowledgeably lead you on this fun and informative tour.
With new restaurants popping up monthly, that restaurant tour will be very welcomed. And the restaurant scene just keeps getting more and more diverse and exciting. Chai Pani, which opens March 1. 2013, brings us a taste of Indian street food. Located in the old Watershed space, it has a completely different look, with a warm vibe and exotic excitement. It offers snacks and small plates such as samosas, kale or chicken pakoras, crisp okra fries; salads; uttapam (crepes filled with veggies; as well as sandwiches and wraps — lunch or dinner. Victory Sandwich Bar, opened late February, with a clientele just waiting to jump in. A big bar dominates the open and bright space. Small $4 sandwiches and snacks are just right for those times when you want a little something with your beer or frozen Jack Daniels slushie. Two new Mexican restaurants are in the works to open before summer of 2013 (we hope) – Mar and Hola. Mar’s menu plans are for Mexican coastal seafood and tacos. In the old Feast space, they have kept that wonderful wood burning oven for seafood roasting. Across the street from Mar, preparations will start on the old depot for a casual yet edgy spot by the Brick Store Pub owners along with a couple of partners. Lawrence’s Cafe is now open on College Avenue serving Lebanese cuisine – soups, salads, kabobs, gyros, and seafood – made from scratch daily by chef Tony.
Our chefs and food creators are becoming super stars. The James Beard Foundation announced their 2013 Semi-finalists – several of our chef/owners made the cut. Billy Allin from Cakes & Ale is a semi-finalist for Best Chef-Southeast. Ford Fry, owner of No. 246 Decatur is a semi-finalist in the Outstanding Restaurateur category as are Eddie Hernandez and Mike Klank from Taqueria del Sol. Mixologist Mike Macquarrie from Leon’s Full Service was featured in the February 2013 issue of Southern Living magazine, doing his mixologist thing. Exciting things are happening in Decatur.