July 21, 2011

First Take: No. 246 in Decatur

I finally got around to trying No. 246 in Decatur last night. Seems most of the Decatur and ATL food scene has been eagerly awaiting the opening of No. 246, the brain-child of Ford Fry, owner and executive chef at JTC Kitchen. At the helm in the kitchen at No. 246 is the talented Drew Belline, former chef at Floataway Cafe.

Wednesday night No. 246 was buzzing with the energy of a hip new restaurant that comes out of the gate on fire and appears is here to stay. There was nary a miss in the numerous dishes we sampled. Here are a few of the hits:
The cucumber soup was really, really tasty. The essence of refreshing cool cucumber topped with warm, chile-spiced and salty shrimp, almonds, and mint playing nicely off the cool soup. Damn tasty.
The  parpadelle carbonara with crusty, deep-fried soft-boiled egg is just ridiculous.As if carbonara isn't decadent enough, the deep fried crunch of the egg and creamy goodness of the sauce is heavenly. Also tasty was the tortellini in tomato water with cherry tomatoes and basil. My daughter devoured the half-size portion of the tortellini and was looking for more.

We also started with three selections off the "Toasts" section at the top of the menu. This is basically 246's take on bruschetta with the choice of pates and dips to accompany really tasty farm bread. The cannellini beans was tasty as was the smoky pork rillettes with grainy mustard. The roasted fig preserves were a bit of a miss for me, as there was a bit too much vinegar...but no worries, that was really the only misstep of the night.

Another point worth noting is that the menu at 246 is really smartly priced for the realities of 2011. The most expensive large plate is $25, but most choices for small plates, pizzas, and pastas are under $20, with many choices around $12-$15. I should also point out that No. 246 has a very fair $10 corkage fee as long as the wine you bring in is not a wine on their list.

In summary, no. 246 hit all the right notes with me on my first visit and it will undoubtedly become part of my regular rotation. 

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  1. This sounds wonderful! I can't wait to try them. Thanks for the post.

  2. Thanks Carol.
    I plan to stop back this week to some other stuff off the menu...must try the pizzas!
    Hope you enjoy.

  3. Great info. So happy to have good choices around Decatur. The parpadelle carbonara sounds amazing.

  4. Thanks for stopping by NIcki.
    You need to try 246 if you haven't.
    The pizzas are quite tasty, too. A post on the pizza coming this week.

  5. tasty you told?? well well, at least looks it not so tasty as I guess. so, will try anyway