Fall has arrived! OK, yes I need to settle down now. The calendar might not say that it’s fall but the gigantic temperature display outside of my window said 60 degrees and I couldn’t believe my eyes. A chill in the air, and clouds in the sky made Atlanta feel a bit more like Seattle than the Big Peach. I was excited because it felt like soup weather and I’d planned to head out for lunch at The Bakery at Cakes & Ale with Tami when it could fit into our schedule.

We were both excited when Chloe broke the news that Chef David Sweeney would oversee the lunch service at the new bakery location of C&A which recently moved to Decatur Square. Sweeney ran the almost-vegetarian restaurant Dynamic Dish in the Old Fourth Ward and most recently could be found at Restaurant Eugene. Memories of Dynamic Dish still live on at their still-active website.



Fans of the old Dynamic Dish likely will find the new space to their liking. Tami and I both solved our soup craving with the today’s edition, which was red pepper and celeriac, seeded basil with lemon balm cream, and arugula sprouts.

I decided on the seasonal grain bowl of quinoa with diced butternut squash, crowder peas, feta, scallion, toasted anise seed and chopped parsley.

Tami went straight for the day’s crostini of roasted potimarron, roasted leek cream cheese, toasted walnut, pepper jelly, cilantro and diced sweet pepper. I can promise you that everything we had was as delicious as it looked.

As you’ll note in the blog, I love meat and eat it with most meals. David has a gift with vegetables that are a feast for your eyes as well as your belly. It’s pure art. I’m still full a few hours later. Chances are if you make it over to the Cakes & Ale this menu will be a bit different. Last week when I poked my head in to chat with Chloe, a roasted corn soup and smoked trout on brioche was on the menu.


Other items on today’s menu included a plate of lettuces, german potato salad, shaved cold pork, cucumbers with dill & pardon yogurt, and whipped chèvre, arugula, scallion, mustard sprouts & fig on brioche. Plenty of sweets are on display in the display case, regular items include a variety of cookies, including chocolate chip, peanut butter, linzer & black forest. The pound cake looked particularly delicious.

In addition to the art on the plate, Decatur is also home to some of the murals in the Living Walls exhibition currently going on around in town Atlanta, Decatur & East Point. The mural is featured on the wall near Zucca near the new Cakes & Ale. Check out the Living Walls website for more details.

Lunch is served at C&A Tuesday-Friday beginning at 11:30 and is located directly above the Decatur MARTA station entrance on Church Street.


151 Sycamore Street – Decatur, GA 30030

404 377-7994