Atlanta has become a culinary city of delight for my husband and I. And a city of firsts. Interestingly enough, after visiting places such as Boston or New York City, which are supposed to be known for their gastronomy, I can honestly say, they have nothing on Atlanta.
So why a city of firsts? I know I’m behind the times in some things. And I’m definitely not afraid to admit it. But my husband and I never visited a restaurant that specializes in gastropub. As a matter fact until my search for a unique eating experience, I never even heard of the term.
So when Cook Hall Atlanta Restaurant kept on coming up on my radar due to great reviews on every possible ‘places to eat in Atlanta’ search, and finding out it is a gastropub place, I quickly reserved a table for us.
We got a lot more than we ever expected.
Why Cook Hall Atlanta is a Must Visit for Places to Eat in Atlanta – Not Only the Food
Cook Hall is located in Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta. This seems to be a hot spot for some of the best restaurants in Atlanta. The restaurant is located inside the W Atlanta Hotel, so when you pull up you leave your car with the valet there. The first three hours are free.
Unlike a lot of restaurants that are part of hotels that seem to strictly depend on the hotel’s clientele, this restaurant felt like a completely separate entity. And by the looks of the people visiting, it didn’t strike me to be hotel patrons at all. And that is a great sign, at least for me.
What is gastropub? If I understand it correctly, it’s similar to what the Spanish call Tapas, which is kind of like finger food. However, not at all in that style. What makes it special and why gastropub is definitely the food for us is because it is smaller portions, allowing you to order a lot more variety of food and not get filled up as fast.
But the best part, we visited the restaurant when Bojan, the beverage manager, was working. And, take my advice on this, ask for recommendations of what the best drinks are to go with the different plates you order. Bojan was born for this. He is one of the most passionate people I have ever met. More than half the cocktail menu are his personal creations which he works on on his time off – kind of like a cocktail laboratory. He certainly has some of the most unique drinks out there.
Plus, he is a sommelier, and with every main dish we followed his advice for different wine which simply worked great together. Literally, asking for his recommendations will make your meal that much more richer and three dimensional.
Photo Experience of a Gastropub Dinner (Get Ready to Drool)
The menu is updated often, keeping it fresh and creative. There are so many choices, that its comforting to know the portions are small (super affordable) so you can go nuts ordering more than you normally would.
Marinated Olives, Focaccia & Hummus
Deviled Eggs with Gulf Blue Crab
Popcorn Shrimp with real popcorn as part of the crust
Crispy Duck Taco, Chipotle Coleslaw
Main Dishes – even the dishes themselves aren’t your typical sized plates. Allowing us to get some yummy sides too.
Grilled Wagyu Flat Iron, Avocado, Salsa Verde & Lime
Slow Roasted Winter Flounder, Spiced Bok Choy, Citrus Soy
Caramelized Cauliflower, Hummus
Pimento Mac & Cheese
Dessert – Can’t resist
Cinnamon Doughnuts, Rhubarb-Lager Jam
Now stop staring and, when in Atlanta, make sure to visit and have a taste for yourself.