No. 246 Chef's Counter Review

We love to eat at the square in Decatur and when our friends, Brian and Katie recommended the chef's counter at No. 246 we wanted to give it a try. There are four bar stool spots overlooking the kitchen which you definitely need to reserve seeing it is limited seating. You get four course meal of the Chef's choosing for $50 and if you like you can opt for the wine pairing which we did. They did ask us about dietary needs and restrictions before serving our first course.

A beautiful radish plate greeted us as we were seated. I love fresh and crispy vegetables, especially with a cashew butter. It was very palate cleansing.

The first thing to come out were fried shrimp heads. They were delicious, lightly battered and the fresh lime brightened up the shrimp.

How pretty is that fennel salad!?! It was just as tasty too. The shaved fennel and grapefruit completely balanced each other out. It was drizzled with a light vinaigrette.

I totally cheated on my diet. I did not tell the chef that I eat Paleo because I wanted to try whatever he was making and I am glad I did! The pasta Pomodoro was so simple yet so delicious. All the ingredients were so fresh, the basil, garlic, San Marazano tomatoes, homemade pasta, and topped with a wonderful finishing olive oil. I craved that dish for days! It isn't on their regular menu, but if you ask the chef will make it.

The main event was a cute Cornish hen with an assortment of roasted vegetables. The Cornish hen was great; super tender, moist and full of flavor. The vegetables were tasty with the drippings of the hen and butter. I loved every bite.

I was in a food coma by the time dessert came around and forgot to take a picture. It was good and typical Italian standard fare, Tiramisu, Zeppole, and chocolate cake.

I loved the chef's counter and the surprises that were delivered. I would definitely do it again.


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