W ATLANTA - 3377 PEACHTREE RD, ATLANTA, 30326
When looking for my next location for The Hungry Lens I wanted to do something a bit different. I try to showcase a wide variety of foods and when I discovered the menu at Cook Hall, I knew I had to check it out. Located inside the BEAUTIFUL W Hotel in Buckhead, Cook Hall specializes in traditional American food from all regions, but with a modern upscale twist.
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ATMOSPHERE: The atmosphere inside of Cook Hall is absolutely beautiful. The rich grey wood floors, the sky high ceilings, and the artwork all over the walls makes this place extremely charming, warm, and inviting. Cook Hall has a very rustic yet chic décor style that will make you feel like you are in a French bistro for an afternoon brunch. The dramatic light structures including hanging light bulbs above the bar give this space a unique artsy feel. I absolutely loved the floor to ceiling windows exposing you to the heart of Buckhead. It connects you with the outer world while you enjoy the warm, cozy feel inside. The chairs featured at the round tables resemble chairs you would be more likely to see in someone’s living room allowing the customer to feel as if they were in their own home. Cook Hall has now taken the #1 spot when it comes to atmosphere for The Hungry Lens blog series. Disclaimer: photography of the structure/décor was not allowed inside the W Hotel so all photography in this section was provided by Cook Hall’s website.
SERVICE: We were greeted right away when arriving to Cook Hall and when I voiced how much I loved the floor to ceiling window feature, the hostess made sure to sit us at a table right in front of it. Our waitress was extremely knowledgeable on all of the menu items and made great suggestions on what to try. My friend who joined me for lunch is a rather picky eater, but the waitress accommodated all special requests made with a smile on her face the entire time. The food was brought out within 15 minutes of ordering. The waitress checked in on us several times to see how we were enjoying our food and to see if we needed anything. Overall, the staff made us feel extremely welcomed and were all very friendly. FOOD: I had checked out the menu ahead of time, and knew exactly what I wanted for my main entrée. You all already know how I have extreme loves for particular foods (s’mores, Chipotle, etc.) and one of these extreme obsessions is also grilled cheese sandwiches. So when I saw that Cook Hall had a black truffle grilled cheese, I was sold. The waitress suggested I pair it with their creamy tomato soup, and boy am I glad I did. The grilled cheese sandwich came served on a wooden plank giving the meal a really cool and rustic feel, matching the décor of Cook Hall. The soup was so bright and beautiful I almost did not even want to eat it. The food at Cook Hall is simply gorgeous. But now, it was time to actual eat. This was hands down the best grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup combination I have EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. The rich sourdough bread is lightly coated with clarified butter and toasted to a warm golden perfection. The inside is filled with warm gooey fontina cheese and shaved black truffles. The vibrantly orange tomato soup was so creamy and rich. You could tell this was made fresh, from scratch. The balance of acidity and creaminess was perfect. The soup was also served with a piece of fresh sourdough bread topped with basil and cheddar cheese, and this was delicious too! I cannot tell you how insane the flavor combination was when I dipped the grilled cheese in the tomato soup. I thought I had died and gone to food heaven. It was so rich, decadent, and flavorful, I would have went and kissed the chef if I could have.
Black truffle grilled cheese
Creamy tomato soup
Sourdough bread topped with cheddar cheese and basil
I would also like to acknowledge the delicious and crispy home-made potato chips that are served on the side of every dish. Cook Hall takes russet potatoes, thinly slices them, soaks them in vinegar, fries them to perfection, then seasons them with their homemade BBQ salt rub. And boy, are they delicious! I can appreciate how much effort Cook Hall puts into making a simple side item and it really counts. These chips are addicting! I ate all of mine and stole some off of my friend’s plate. They are a perfect complement to your meal. After eating the whole grilled cheese sandwich, the entire bowl of soup, and all of the chips, I didn’t think the meal could get any better, but then I saw the dessert menu.
Home-made bbq salt rubbed chips
One word: S’MORES!!!! Yes, Cook Hall has s’mores on the menu! And when I read the description of how they were served, I was even more excited. Cook Hall takes a modern twist on the classic American dessert by serving s’mores inside of a mason jar and accompanying it with burnt cinnamon chocolate ice cream and caramelized marshmallows. When the jar came to the table my inner fat girl was dancing. I removed the lid and immediately smoke came billowing out, filling our table with the smell of warm, gooey, toasted marshmallows. I dove right in and took my spoon all the way to the bottom of the jar, scooping upwards, to ensure I got all of the layers of this s’more masterpiece in one bite. It was a flavor explosion in my mouth. The sweet flavor of the burnt cinnamon chocolate ice cream along with the warm, gooey, melted marshmallows and crisp pieces of graham cracker was heaven in my mouth. The crisp toasted marshmallows on top provided a smokey taste that brought me back to my childhood, with memories of being around the camp fire. Every bite you discovered something new, and I discovered my way to the bottom of the jar until it was all gone.
Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with my meal I had at Cook Hall and will be raving about it for quite some time.
PRICE: The price at Cook Hall is very reasonable. The grilled cheese sandwich was $11, the soup was $6, and the s’mores were also $6 bringing my total to $23. For $23, I got the best grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup of my life (which is a huge accomplishment), a jar of warm gooey s’mores, and a belly stuffed beyond belief. I ate at Cook Hall at 4:00 pm and literally did not eat for the rest of the day, I was so full. You cannot beat the price at Cook Hall! FINAL GRADE: Based on all of the following criteria discussed above I give Cook Hall an A+. The atmosphere was magical along with wonderful service. The food was outstanding and will be engrained in my memory for a very long time. If you are in the Buckhead area and are looking for a fantastic meal along with a beautiful ambiance, you need to visit Cook Hall inside of the W Hotel right away!