Located in the W Buckhead, Cook Hall is all about trendy snacks and comfort food. Duck tacos and pork-belly sliders with spicy mayo come in threes. The Caesar salad is made with kale. A side of sharp and creamy pimento mac and cheese is sprinkled with breadcrumbs and served in a small cast-iron dish. If, and only if, you catch a decent buzz, try the popcorn shrimp appetizer with ranch. It's a plate sprinkled with popcorn, dotted with fried shrimp, and drizzled with ranch dressing. Three meatballs made with ground pork shoulder and beef brisket are served in a slightly sweet tomato sauce. The tender meat falls apart with the touch of a fork.
Mason jars fashioned with Edison lights hang from the ceiling above the bar. And while the dark wood floors and old-timey photographs lend a chic saloon vibe, a vast wall of windows and the view of twinkling Peachtree traffic are all Buckhead.
For an utterly perplexing drink experience, Cook Hall offers a DIY cocktail kit to assemble right at your table. A carafe filled with the spirit of your choice is served alongside a metal basket packed with ingredients to complement your base: homemade syrups, bitters, fresh herbs, and mixers like Fever-Tree Ginger Beer or Club Soda. Bona fide bartender tools come, too: a muddler, a bar spoon, both a Julep and a Hawthorne cocktail strainer, and a glass beaker in which to create your concoction. It's pretty serious. In fact, it's so serious that if you're not well versed in mixology, there's a good chance your drink could turn out awful. So before you shell out the $20 or so — the price varies depending on the spirit — browse the accompanying notebook filled with recipes and make sure you've got some skills. I cheated and searched for recipes on my phone. In the end, I went with mezcal, ginger lime syrup, muddled mint, and a dash of Angostura bitters on the rocks.
It's a lot easier to choose from Cook Hall's trusty list of craft cocktails, craft beer, and wine. Try the Port Manhattan, made with Buffalo Trace Bourbon. It's boozy, balanced, and just a little sweet.
If the charcuterie and craft cocktails aren't enough to convince you that Cook Hall is cool and hip, just look down. Almost all of the denim-clad servers sport black-and-white Chuck Taylors. A black-vested bartender tells me they're part of the company-issued uniform.
The Banh Mi ($14.50) is a burger-like version of the chef's favorite Buford Highway snack…
Take Uber... and be sure to add their special martini with the crazy smooth German…
Dr ekpiku God will continue to bless you more abundantly, for the good works you…
Soon to be shuttered. We ate there last night and the review is spot on!
Morels are already gone. Stop teasing us :).