Let them eat cake

My all-time fav lunch spot in Decatur is the Bakery at Cakes & Ale (C&A). Owners Billy and Kristin Allin are neighbors and good friends. But that’s not the only reason I’m a loyal diner – it is simply delicious. The interior is perfection -- no detail was left unturned. As you know, I like tasteful design. Look at those extra thick marble counters. They are to die for! While you’re at it, hop on over to Cote de Texas to read about using white marble in kitchens.
I love the story behind the restaurant’s name. It comes from a line in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night:
Dost thou think because thou art virtuous, there shall be no more cakes & ale?
They also happen to serve tasty cakes and ale.

During renovation, workers uncovered an old bakery sign on the brick wall behind the counter. The Allins searched high and low for info on the bakery, but it remains a mystery. Let’s just say, the place was destined to be.
Here's what I usually order for lunch. Every seasonal ingredient and flavor you could ever want all in one bowl. 
Grain Bowl.
Heads up. The bakery is offering a special Thanksgiving dessert menu. Yum! Don't wait until the last minute to plan your meal, pre-order your desserts today. 

And, because Kristin is so nice and generous, she is offering the prize  -- a holiday cookie box and bag of Counter Culture Coffee valued at $25 -- for my first ever give away. I am so excited!

How to enter:
  1. You must be a subscriber. Let me say that again, you must be a bluemopheads subscriber.
  2. Send this post to a friend that I don’t already know and ask them to subscribe. I'll know that they've subscribed because I'll get a comment that says something like this: "Elizabeth just told me about your awesome blog. I love those coconut, chocolate, almond things that taste like an Almond Joy bar only much, much better."
  3. Visit the bakery or restaurant and report back here in the comments section and tell me about your favorite C&A things. 
  4. Only those who comment will be entered. Brownie points if you mention that you read about the the bakery on my blog when you visit.
  5. The winner will be chosen by random.org. 
The deadline is next Friday, November 16. Good luck and bon appetite!


  1. I want to win this and buy mandarin choc cookies that I don't have to share w my children

    1. Elizabeth, get one of your friends to subscribe and you'll be in the running.

  2. I just got back from the bakery a few minutes ago. My kids love the chocolate chip cookies.

    1. Denise, get one of your friends to subscribe to my blog and you'll be in the running.

  3. My favorite C&A things, aside from all the incredible food, are the hooks under the bar to hold your purse. Reminds me of Spain. Now, to find a friend...

  4. My favorite thing at C&A is the salad I got the last time I was there. It was warm with beets and brie-like cheese that was something fancier than brie. I also like that you always see someone you know. It comes in handy when all the 2-tops are filled and you can share a 4-top with friends who got there right before you. I'm telling Emily to subscribe so we can win the cookies!

  5. I served C&A macaroons at my French menu dinner party held for my niece before she left for her year's study at the Sorbonne. Simple yet simply delicious. I will find a new subscriber. I want to WIN.


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