On Labor Day weekend we took a day trip to Decatur, Georgia, and happened upon the famous AJC Decatur Book Festival. Hiking around scores of tents and an hour into the heat, we found ourselves in front of Cafe Alsace - a little storefront-slice of Paris. Their food is Country French in the spirit of let's say Jacques Pépin. Chef Benedicte Ulsas Cooper started the cafe 21 years ago - it is charming, small (12-tops), and authentic.
For a luncheon we had cold Avocado Soup and Peach Gazpacho - both refreshing and delicious on a 90-degree day. I had Smoked Salmon and Eggs on a Croissant and my wife had an Artichoke and Onion Quiche. A nice house White Burgundy was perfect. Talking with Benedicte, she mentioned that pates were her specialty. We tried her Walnut, Bacon and Chicken Liver Pâté and it was so good we bought some to take hone (One-pound minimum).
Cafe Alsace is located just off the Decatur square, so street parking is the best option. It is very small so go early or late or call for reservations. If you want your children to experience authentic French cuisine, this is your opportunity. Cafe Alsace reminded us of a locals' neighborhood spot in the City of Light.
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