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Cooks & Soldiers

691 14th St. NW (Howell Mill Rd.) Send to Phone
404-996-2623 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Basque, Spanish and French cooking shapes the menu at this westside restaurant. Photo credit: Heidi Geldhauser

Dinner nightly
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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Cooks & Soldiers, Atlanta, GA

Cooks & Soldiers Restaurant Review

: After visiting the Spanish Basque country, the Castellucci team (Sugo, The Iberian Pig, Double Zero) returned to Atlanta determined to open a Basque restaurant. The name Cooks & Soldiers was inspired by January’s Tamborrada festival held in the city of San Sebastian. During the event, adults dressed as cooks and soldiers walk through various parts of the city to the sound of drums. This westside place holds a Tamborrada every year. Some of the pintxos (small snacks) seem close to authentic or at least have authentic ingredients, such as chistorra, the Basque take on chorizo. A tuna dish comes with salmorejo (cold soup that’s like gazpacho) as an embellishment, but it’s from southern Spain, not the Basque country. It is, however, also accompanied by talo, a tortilla-like corn-flour-based bread that's very Basque. Consider the Basque cake for dessert, although some will find it not sweet enough, but it’s close to the real deal. The wine list is a fun romp through Spanish and French products; don't miss the Basque selections and learning what Txakoli (pronounced cha-coh-lee) is all about.


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