Friday, July 22, 2011

Atlanta Restaurant Preview: Ford Fry's No. 246 Opens in Decatur

Ford Fry, owner/executive chef of Adventurous Tastes fave JCT. and Chef Drew Belline, previously the chef de cuisine at another fave Floataway Café, have finally opened their new Italian-inspired, locally driven restaurant in Decatur called No. 246.

I'm tired of just southern farm to table, burgers.tacos and pizza (although I do love all of those things!), so I'm excited for something different out of these talented chefs.

It's too soon to review, but from our friends and family night experience, I can say I'm very optimistic that this will be a new favorite. This is definitely not classic red sauce Italian dishes. Ingredients are fresh and full of flavor and you can taste plenty without feeling weighed down by heavy cheeses and sauces.

No. 246 toasts including pork rillete, roasted figs, and roasted eggplant
The setting is hip and airy without trying too hard or being too loud - perfect for business and pleasure. The menu starts with toasts. You can get an array of interesting spreads to put on little toast points. Perfect for nibbling while you peruse the other appetizers (including charcuterie and cheeses), pastas, pizza, and entrees.

no 246 meatball, san marzano, basil, parmesan
crispy fior de latte, fried olives, san marzano (like fancy fried mozzarella sticks, only better!)

Garganelli - soffritto braised rabbit, plumped sultanas, broccoli rabe, pecorino 

Papardelle Carbonara - crispy farm egg, bacon, backyard herbs, parmesan

Prosciutto pizza witwh mozzarella, grana panado, oregano,
pequin chilies, arugula
We really enjoyed our first experience there from the cool setting to the gracious service. There were more than enough delish sounding dishes to choose from, so it's the kind of place we can return to frequently without getting bored. We will be back soon because I'm dying to try the crispy porchetta sandwich. Heaven!

No. 246 on Urbanspoon

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