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East Cobb seems to be a bevy of activity for new restaurant openings – at least in the last several months. First there was Sundried, then Zeal and most recently Common Quarter. And another restaurant has quietly opened up as well – Hoof & Ale.
Though not quite as fancy as the aforementioned East Cobb counterparts, it is hard to nail down exactly the concept of Hoof & Ale. The small restaurant located in a strip mall off of Roswell road, has around ten tables. The menu features lots of craft beers, burgers and sandwiches. However, the chef used to work with Bruce Logue of Boccalupo. And they have nightly specials like the pork belly risotto with house made pork rinds.
It seems to service many of the apartment dwellers nearby, with most getting take-out. Two standouts on the regular menu are the Clayton burger ($7) – Pimento cheese, b&B pickles and and crispy shallots and the Cuban sandwich ($8). The Clayton burger, as all burgers at Hoof & Ale, was made to order and seemed to be somewhere between a slider and a regular burger. This was perfect as it left enough room for some mac and cheese and slaw. I also loved that the pimento cheese was enough to know it was there but not overpowering.
The Cuban panini was quite tasty too. Hoof & Ale’s version is unique in that they sub pork belly for ham. Everything is a la carte, which was a bit strange. Sides which also include fries or hush puppies are priced between $3 and $4. It would be nice to also have the option of a side with your burger or sandwich.
We even had a small sample of the pork belly risotto, which was very good and rich. Oh and bonus – I loved the 90s music that was playing as well. I am glad to have a dining option like this in East Cobb, however, I do hope they continue to expand upon the specials and make them regular menu additions, as that is what will set them apart from the other burger / sandwich joints in the area.
2100 Roswell Road
Marietta, GA 30062