Last month we took a trip to the newly opened Cooks & Soldiers located in the Westside of Atlanta. Cooks & Soldiers is an upscale restaurant that serves tapas and they have larger portions that they cook on a wood-fire grill. The wood-fire grill gave a great flavor to the food! We had been waiting for months with anticipation for them to open up this new spot on the Westside. We like to say “The Westside is the Best side!” Going in I expected it to be amazing, but somehow it exceeded my expectations! It was easy getting a reservation; we booked one a few days in advance. From the outside looking in, it doesn’t look that big but once you get in side you see it is much better with ample seating. Its cool how they have a window into their kitchen it gives the place a great vibe. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu (which is helpful for someone who isn’t fluent in pronouncing Spanish dishes). We went for dinner so of course we had to have a cocktail! Our table ordered the C&S Old Fashioned and a Picon Punch, both were sensational! When we go to restaurants we like to share a bunch of different things and that way we can try a lot of the menu! Too start they have dishes called “Pintxos Tradicionales” these are small dishes served on top of toasted bread. We tried the Hongos y Setas which was topped with coal roasted mushrooms, goat cheese creme fraiche, and black truffle. It was amazing! Next, we ordered “Pintxos Especiales” which were there small plates. We decided to order “Huevos Revuletos” which includes scrambled eggs, more wood grilled mushrooms, truffle and toast. The “Patatas” was definitely the most unexpected thing on the menu, homemade French Fries served with a Idiazabal (cheese) fondue and homemade ketchup. The “Bikini” was essentially a fancy grilled cheese with “Jamon Iberico” which is like a Spanish Ham. The final thing we ordered was there “Chistorra in a Blanket” which was Chistorra Sausage wrapped in a croissant and topped with a cider glaze as well as a maple-mustard allioli on the side. What I really enjoyed about Cooks & Soldiers was that even if you have no idea what the things on the menu are, the staff is very friendly and helpful in describing what each dish is. We definitely want to go back and try more things. Cooks & Soldiers is the perfect place for either a date night or just a night out with friends!
(photos via cooks & soldiers)