Cooks & Soldiers

Basque Spanish

  • 93
  • 2015 Best Spanish
Overview

An homage to the pintxo bars and asadors of the Basque countryside, this lively Westside eatery from celebrated chef Landon Thompson offers a sophisticated, edgy take on pintxos (Basque for “tapas”) and raciones (larger, shareable dishes) in an industrial-elegant setting.

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What the Food Critics are Saying

“Toasted bread topped with crushed tomatoes, Ibérico ham, and garlic or brûléed figs with mint and goat cheese satisfy, but don’t miss the “tartare” of cured tomatoes crowned with a carrot “yolk” that looks (and tastes) like beef…Protein is where the kitchen excels. Huge prawns are slathered in a blood orange and rosemary mojo heavily peppered with sweet Espelette, blackened over the wood fire, and served with head and shell... Berkshire pork tenderloin is beautifully carved into thick slices that are charred on the outside and rosy inside. The menu’s showstopper is the chuleton: a 2.2-pound, bone-in ribeye that’s deeply charred and gloriously rich.” – Atlanta Magazine

“The menu comprises, in addition to the traditional pintxos, a dozen small plates as well as a handful of shareable large plates off the wood-fired asador grill. It’s a fun ride, with many surprises and a couple of thrills. A chistorra sausage wrapped in croissant dough is like a pig in a blanket voiced by Antonio Banderas. Clams steamed open with bacon and cider taste all the sweeter against ribbons of fresh, crisp Granny Smith apple… Nothing could improve a whole daurade fish off the asador, its milky flesh and crackling skin enhanced by a sprinkling of crunchy garlic chips. But, for every comfort dish, there’s a zinger. Consider a round of tomato tartare topped with a spherified orb of carrot puree that so perfectly mimics beef tartare in appearance, texture and umami richness that you do a double take. Some of the edgier new Spanish items come from [Executive Sous Chef] John Castellucci, who worked at one of San Sebastián’s iconic modern restaurants, Arzak. He smartly saves a lot of the molecular razzle dazzle for desserts, when the billowing liquid nitrogen and frozen berries appeal.” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ambience

Located at the base of the Elan building, the space is energetic and elegant, warm and industrial. An oxblood wooden panel separates the long (typically packed) bar from the dining room. The dining area, in an industrial palette of varying shades of gray, is loft-like, with a wall of windows, a view into the kitchen, and teardrop-shaped globes dangling from the high ceilings. At the bar, painted tile flooring and dangling legs of ham hint at the Spanish theme.

On the Side

The name refers to the Tamborrada, an annual festival in San Sebastián where drummers dress as cooks and soldiers and parade through the streets.

Accolades

  • Atlanta Hidden Gem: Cooks & Soldiers 2016 – Table8
  • Landon Thompson: Semi-finialist, James Beard Awards for Rising Star Chef of the Year 2015
  • Two stars from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 2015
  • 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Atlanta 2015 – Zagat
  • Atlanta’s Top New Restaurants 2015 – Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Menu for Cooks & Soldiers

Main Menu

Pintxos Tradicionales

  • Caña Klasikoa Goat cheese, roasted tomato, green pepper, shallot jam, pistachio
    $6.00
  • Escabèche Georgia white shrimp, Bayonne, chili-saffron oil, marinated salad
    $9.00
  • Hongos Y Setas Coal roasted mushrooms, goat cheese crème fraîche, black truffle
    $9.00
  • Tartare Tomato tartare, traditional accompaniments, carrot 'yolk'
    $6.00
  • Barbakoa Vasca Kalimotxo braised beef, allioli, pickled peppers
    $8.00
  • Pato Ahumado Smoked duck confit, bleu cheese, tart cherry
    $6.00
  • Tortilla De Chorizo Basque omelette, onion, potato, Pine Street Market Mexican chorizo, pimenton allioli
    $7.00
  • Pan Con Tomate Grilled bread, fresh tomato, raw garlic
    $6.00

Pintxos Especiales

  • Entsalada Verde Local greens, endive, red onion, cava vinaigrette
    $8.00
  • Entsalada Kalea Local kale, spaghetti squash, Mirableu, cherry, Benton's bacon, Meyer lemon and vanilla vinaigrette, fried onion
    $12.00
  • Canary Island Potatoes Salt baked, mojo picon
    $6.00
  • Farro Y Delicata Local delicata squash, farro piccolo, beets, broccolini
    $12.00
  • Patatas Smoked Manchego fondue, Basque ketchup
    $7.00
  • Market Fish Carrot, ginger, scallion, almond picada
    $16.00
  • Vieras Pan-seared scallops, sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, Maitake mushroom, parsnip
    $17.00
  • Pulpo Grilled Spanish octopus, green olive, jalapeño, chickpea, sobrassada, haricot vert, local cream
    $15.00
  • Atun Rare yellowfin tuna, duck fat talo, salmorejo, piperade
    $10.00
  • Brochetas De Corazón White Oak Pastures beef heart, romesco, blueberry, coriander vinaigrette
    $7.00
  • Lamb Ribs Smoked tabbouleh, spiced yoghurt, fried garlic
    $16.00
  • Fideua Con Lengua Fideua pasta, braised tongue, manchego, sungold tomatoes
    $9.00
  • Foie Gras Compressed pear, port gelée, five spice, chai powder
    $18.00
  • Ibérico Albondigas Berkshire and Ibérico meatballs, tomato, pimenton, Manchego espuma
    $9.00
  • Bikini White American grilled cheese, Jamón Ibérico, black truffle, white bread
    $9.00
  • Chistorra In a Blanket Chistorra sausage, croissant, cider glaze, maple-mustard allioli
    $9.00
  • Veal Cheek Rioja braised veal cheek, potato purée, peas, carrots
    $15.00

Asador

Meat & Seafood

  • Pescado a La Parilla Whole wood grilled market fish, mojo rojo, fried garlic
  • Cerdo Y Cidra Wood grilled bone-in Berkshire pork chop, apple, savory bread pudding, beet truffle demi
    $48.00
  • Chuletón 1kg bone-in prime ribeye, Tempranillo bordelaise, entsalada verde
    $79.00

Vegetables

  • Wild Mushrooms Pork demi-glace, sheeps milk cheese
    $12.00
  • Cauliflower Confit Garlic, caper, Marcona almond, golden raisin
    $9.00
  • Vegetable Melange Celeriac puree, roasted fall vegetables, chive-Espelette butter
    $8.00
  • Butternut-Morcilla Souffle pimenton-spiced cornflakes
    $9.00

Postres

  • Tarta Txakolate Olive oil chocolate cake, hazelnut, espresso dulcey, cardamom, vanilla bean ice cream
    $8.00
  • Gateau Basque orange curd, honeycomb toffee, drunken cherries, almond
    $8.00
  • Cheesecake Jasmine blueberries, lemon crémeux, graham, bee pollen macaroon, pistachio
    $8.00
  • Squash Tart butternut squash, pear-apple butter, bourbon caramel, popped sorghum, brown sugar balsamic
    $8.00
  • Buttermilk Doughnuts Espelette and hazelnut chocolate sauce, fruit preserves, cinnamon and sugar
    $6.00

Drinks

Basque Especiales

Gin Tonic

  • House
  • Lemon
  • Seville Orange

Cider

  • Isastegi Sagardo
    $9.00
  • Foggy Ridge "Stayman Winesap"
    $12.00

Txakoli

  • Uriondo Txakolina Bizkaiko, Txacoli de Bizkaia, Spain 2013 Hondarribi Zuri, Mune Mahatsa, Txori Mahatsa
    $13.00
    $47.00
  • Bodegas Berroia Txakolina, Bizkaiko Txakolina, Spain 2013 Hondarribi Zuri, Riesling, Folle Blanche
    $54.00
  • Ameztoi Txakolina, Txakoli de Getaria 2013 Hondarribi Zuri
    $59.00
  • Talai Berri Txakolina, Getariako Txakolina, Spain 2013 Hondarribi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza
    $69.00

Cocktails

  • LA Lorea 1814 apértif, cocchi rossa, honey, lemon, cava
    $11.00
  • Pale Green Things gin, cucumber, suze, domaine de canton, lemon
    $11.00
  • Blind Tiger gin, lime juice, maple syrup, cava
    $11.00
  • Spangler gin, violette, braulio, green chartreuse, house tonic
    $12.00
  • Briza vodka, ginger/lime shrub, patxaran, combier, vanilla powder
    $12.00
  • Licensed Huckster mezcal, yellow chartreuse, 1814 aperitivo, citrus
    $12.00
  • Night in Navarre mezcal, tequila, lime, luxardo maraschino, cherry bark vanilla bitters
    $12.00
  • Ballot Box bourbon, amontillado sherry, averna, foro
    $12.00
  • Nearly Orsamus armagnac, batavia arrack rum, lillet blanc, punt e mes, mint
    $13.00
  • Jetson rye, cynar, sweet vermouth, licor 43, orange bitters
    $13.00
  • Floyd Pepper scotch, nonino, orange, lemon, poblano ash
    $12.00

Wine by the Glass

Sparkling

  • NV Casteller Brut, Cava Macabeo, Xarel-lo, Parellada Penedès, Spain
    $9.00
  • 2013 Raventos I Blanc, de Nit Macabeu, Monastrell, Parellada Conca del Riu Anoia, Spain
    $17.00

Rosé

  • 2015 Cortijo Rosé Garnacha Rioja, Spain
    $9.00
  • 2015 Txomin Etxaniz Handarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza Getariako Txakolina, Spain
    $14.00

White Wine

  • 2015 Zudugarai Hondarrabi Zuri, Hondarrabi Beltza Getariako Txakolina, Spain
    $10.00
  • 2014 Huguet de Can Feixes Parellada, Macabeo, Malvasia Penedès, Spain
    $12.00
  • 2015 Pazo das Bruxas Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain
    $12.00
  • 2014 Viña Mein Treixadura Ribeiro, Spain
    $13.00
  • 2014 Viña Esmeralda Muscat, Gewürztraminer Catalunya, Spain
    $9.00
  • 2014 Carl Graff Riesling Spätlese Graacher Himmelreich, Germany
    $13.00
  • 2013 Flavus Palomino Ribera del Duero, Spain
    $14.00
  • 2015 Henri Bourgeois "Les Baronnes" Sauvignon Blanc Sancerre, France
    $15.00
  • 2014 Martinsancho Verdejo Rueda, Spain
    $14.00
  • 2014 Rogo Godello Valdeorras, Spain
    $11.00
  • 2014 Bodegas Nekeas "Vega Sindoa" Chardonnay Navarra, Spain
    $10.00

Coravin White Wine

  • 2014 Do Ferreiro Albariño Rias Baixas, Spain
    $20.00
  • 2014 Binigrau Nounat Prensal, Chardonnay Mallorca, Spain
    $21.00
  • 2010 DEux Montille Chardonnay Auxey-Duresses, France
    $27.00

Red Wine

  • 2014 Domaine Dupeuble Gamay Beaujolais, France
    $10.00
  • 2013 Robin K Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, California
    $11.00
  • 2014 Brezo de Grégory Perez Mencia Bierzo, Spain
    $11.00
  • 2014 Bovale Bobal Utiel-Requena, Spain
    $10.00
  • 2013 Gérard Bertrand Corbières Grenache, Syrah Languedoc-Roussillon, France
    $9.00
  • 2014 Legado del Moncayo Garnacha Campo de Borja, Spain
    $9.00
  • 2009 La Rioja Alta Vina Alberdi Tempranillo Rioja Alta, Spain
    $14.00
  • 2014 Vizcarra "Senda del Oro" Tempranillo Ribera del Duero, Spain
    $14.00
  • 2012 Flor de Vetus Tempranillo Toro, Spain
    $12.00
  • 2013 La Cartuja Garnacha, Cariñena Priorat, Spain
    $12.00
  • 2012 Bodegas Nekeas "Vega Sindoa" Cabernet Sauvignon Navarra, Spain
    $10.00

Coravin Red Wine

  • 2012 Bibei Lalama Mencia Ribeira Sacra, Spain
    $23.00
  • 2013 Ladera Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley, California
    $23.00
  • 2013 Psi Tempranillo Ribera del Duero, Spain
    $28.00

After Dinner

Sherry

  • Bodegas Cesar Florido Moscatel Dorado Jerez, Spain
    $9.00
  • Alvear Pedro Ximenez De Anada Montilla Morilles, Spain
    $10.00
  • Lustau East India Solera, Spain
    $9.00

Port, Madeira & Banyuls

  • Smith Woodhouse LBV 2002 Portugal
    $10.00
  • Taylor 10 yr Tawny Portugal
    $12.00
  • Ramos Pinto Quinta do Bom Retiro 20yr Tawny Portugal
    $16.00
  • The Rare Wine Company New York Malmsey Madeira, Portugal
    $14.00
  • 2011 Gerard Bertrand Banyuls, France
    $11.00

Dessert Wine

  • 2012 Kracher Beerenauslese Cuvee, Burgenland, Austria
    $17.00
  • 2013 Jorge Ordonez No 2. 'Victoria' Moscatel Malaga, Spain
    $13.00
  • 2009 Chateau Laribotte Sauternes, France
    $10.00
  • 2004 Hétszőlő 3 Putunyos Tokaji Aszú, Hungary
    $17.00

691 14th Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30318

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Details
  • Price Range: $$$
    Atmosphere: Rustic, Trendy/Scene, Upscale
  • Dress Code: Dressy
    Good For: Groups, Hot Spot, Meet For A Drink
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (404) 996-2623
  • Private Dining Room: Yes