The highly anticipated Italian-inspired No. 246(two-four-six) is now open for business in Decatur and I definitely ciao-ed down on some delicious eats there last night.
Here’s the Q+DD: Conveniently located at the intersection of Cool and Cooler (next door to Leon’s at Ponce and Church…on land plot #246 – go fig) No. 246 is the PERFECT addition to Decatur’s restaurant scene.
They don’t take reservations, so hauling my parents there (who were in from Birmingham this weekend) on the first Saturday they were open was a bit of a risk, but it definitely paid out in the end. Plus, the lively bar scene definitely made the wait more fun:
Once we were seated, we were appropriately starving and ordered 3 “toasts” as an amuse-bouche and they were a.d.o.r.a.b.l.e. and delicious.
We grazed on those a bit (even the bread was something special) and sort of laughed at the tiny salt dish on the table with like, 12 grains of sea salt: Greg thought the statement was, “Our food is seasoned perfectly – you won’t be needing this.” If that was the case… they were right – our food was amazing.
We ordered the No. 246 meatball (I heard you HAD to)
A half-order of the Garganelli pasta (with sofritto braised rabbit, plumped sultanas, broccoli rabe, pecorino), the chicken (roasted in their wood oven with sherry bacon vinaigrette, hen of the woods mushrooms, roasted baby carrots), a side of roasted beets, and my favorite…the Branzino:
Everything was spectacular – but this was the best.
For dessert, we went with the chocolate tart (with sea salt and olive oil) which was good… but we also ordered the buttermilk panna cotta with lemon ginger marmalade which rocked. my. world. Plus, the presentation was SO cute. Witness:Ok so listen – I’m suggesting you head over immediately if not sooner.
And take me with you.
No. 246…I love you.
Bacio di bacio,
129 E. Ponce de Leon
Decatur, GA 30030