Chef Billy Allin and the team behind Decatur's Cakes & Ale opened Bread & Butterfly late last year. It was one of the first big openings for Inman Park's Inman Quarter development, and for Allin and co., it was a second new project in less than a year, following Proof Bakeshop. When he originally announced plans, the chef said Bread & Butterfly was meant to be an "all-day European cafe," but is it successful? Check out the early buzz.
The New Bread Sheriff in Town News: Creative Loafing's Jennifer Zyman hasn't given a full review yet, but she's smitten: "Baguettes here are so good they're giving Star Provision's some stiff competition. The crust is crackly and thin; the interior has those large round holes and so much chew. It's fantastic with the soft fromage and mostarda."
The Nod to Paris News: Elite Yelper Agata R. says, "Chef Billy Allin's new spot in Inman Park is a wonderful nod to everything there is to love about Parisian cafes. The understated yet elegant interior, laid back ambience, simple yet refined food, friendly but not overbearing service, there's much to like about this place."
The Best in a While News: The Foodie Buddha says Bread & Butterfly is the best new restaurant in Atlanta. In fact, he takes the praise one step further: "Bread & Butterfly is the best restaurant to open in Atlanta since BoccaLupo hit the scene."
The Not Believing the Hype News: Fried Chicken Lips appreciates the effort, but isn't as thrilled with the eatery: "I have no doubt that they are using quality ingredients but it's a shame that the menu is still a work in progress. The dinner menu has a dish or two that looks decent, but I'm not rushing back anytime soon."
The Don't Get in a Hurry News: Elite Yelper Julee D. says, "Yes, I agree with the other reviewer who mentioned slow service but I expected that. Having a long meal is very European and can be an enjoyable brunch experience. This is definitely a more slow, good experience."
The Stay All Day News: Taking an early look, Atlanta Magazine's Christiane Lauterbach praises Bread & Butterfly's versatility. "We'd be happy enough just to while away a morning with an espresso, a flaky croissant, and a newspaper in this charming, all-day cafe in Inman Quarter. The boxy, sunny space is gorgeous, with seaweed-green tile, dark-green paint, and round marble tables. But owner Billy Allin (Cakes & Ale) and executive chef Bryan Stoffelen offer even more to love with a limited but focused menuâsupple golden omelets, creamy tomato soup capped with puff pastry, a first-class burgerâand a Francophile wine program, led by sommelier Jordan Smelt."