Restaurant Spotlight Cook Hall

There's always a bittersweet nature in saying goodbye to one thing and hello to another. On the one hand, you're certain to miss what was around before and revel in its fond memories, but on the other there is a sense of natural curiosity and inflated expectations that come with anticipating what's new. Such is the case with the newly opened Cook Hall restaurant, which takes Market's place inside the W-Buckhead Hotel. Promising to be just as chic and buzzed-about as its predecessor, Cook Hall aims to get Atlanta's dining out set something to salivate over.

Seeing that Cook Hall is a modern gastropub inside one of the most contemporary hotels in the city, the decor for the restaurant successfully combines the dark, rustic appearance of a pub with the clean lines and openness of a chic, modern day hotel. The massive windows facing the city streets and the sleekly designed patio are just a few of the interior highlights. However, if the visual of Cook Hall initially draws you in, it's the mouthwatering food offerings that are sure to keep you there.

Chef David Gross expertly fills the Cook Hall menu with a delicious combination of small plates for sharing and Happy Hour, with more substantial dishes that truly showcase his ability as a chef. The pickings at Cook Hall are many, but there are a few definite highlights that first-time diners should try first. Deviled Eggs with Gulf Blue Crab, Cheddar Ale Toast with Fried Quail Egg, Spicy Paprika Shrimp with Lemon, Seafood Linguine with Basil Crumbs and Parmesan Grits are all fine examples of small plates and entrees that capture the essence of what Cook Hall is all about. The dessert menu isn't too shabby either, featuring such notables as Strawberry Cream Cheese Layer Cake, Nutella Torte and the Stout Beer Ice Cream Sundae.

The beverage menu serves up an apt selection of beer, wine and signature cocktails to compliment your meal. Cook Hall is located at 3377 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, 404-523-3600. Operating hours are: Breakfast: 7 a.m. 11 a.m. daily. Lunch and dinner: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Fridays; 4-11 p.m. Saturdays; 4-9 p.m. Sundays. Brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays. For more information visit www.cookhallatlanta.com . For more information about the author, Danielle Jennings, please visit my Google+ profile page.