Yes, we have BILL SMITH's SOFT SHELL CRABS ! Also, what you heard on NPR, the pie that elicits that “oh my god response.” Atlantic Beach Pie, have a listen here:http://www.npr.org/2013/04/11/176279512/a-north-carolina-pie-that-elicits-an-oh-my-god-response
OTHER NEW DISHES ON NOW FROM CHEF BILL SMITH: Durham Oyster Mushroom Risotto with Anson Mill's Carolina Gold Rice and Grilled Asparagus; Leek & Parmesan Soup; Grilled NC Cobia with Green-Tomato Relish; Red-Hot Orange-Cinnamon Sorbet.
SOON-LEAVING-US SEASONALS: Bill Smith’s Fried Oysters. (We are in the last weeks until we reunite in September).
PERENNIAL & RETURNING SAVORIES: The big news is after a longer than usual wait for warm weather we have Soft Shell Crabs; also Green Tabasco Chicken; Pan-Fried Chicken Livers; Grilled Steaks w/ Bourbon Brown Sauce & Grilled Asparagus. Chilled Artichoke Pontchartrain. And, as always, our Shrimp & Grits.
FOR THOSE WHO FORGO FISH & MEAT: In addition to the weekly catch of NC fish, we have the NC Cheese Plate andCrook's Mixed Greens Salad. Also, other dishes (soups and gratins) that change nightly.
EXCEPTIONAL SWEETS: Bill Smith’s Atlantic Beach Pie and Cinnamon-Orange Sorbet join the Mt. Airy Chocolate Souffle Cake, the Hot Fudge Brownie, Good Banana Pudding, and the Frozen Mint Julep (with homemade mint sorbet, must be 21).
CLASSICS INCLUDE: Mt. Airy Chocolate Souffle Cake, the Hot Fudge Brownie, Bill Smith's Good Banana Pudding, and the Frozen Mint Julep (with homemade mint sorbet, must be 21).
CROOK'S NEW-SEASON BAR FAVORITES: With spring finally here, we shift our wine feature to lighter Italian wines. The new favorite is the Sanbastiàn, a Barbera d'Asti from Agliano Terme. Fresh, bright and clean with flavors of red cherry and sun-ripened raspberry as well as a subtle herbaceousness with hints of pepper. NOTE: As always, for our custom and traditional cocktail menu, our TONICS are house-made.
ON THE WALLS: Jimmy Craig Womble - oils & watercolors
NPR: THE PIE THAT ELICIT’S THAT OH MY GOD RESPONSE: http://www.npr.org/2013/04/11/176279512/a-north-carolina-pie-that-elicits-an-oh-my-god-response
OUR STATE NC FEATURE ON BILL SMITH AND CHURCH PICNICS: http://www.ourstate.com/bill-smith-church-supper/
OUTSIDE Magazine's March feature on BILL SMITH, "The Wandering Chef".
OXFORD AMERICAN Magazine's story on THE CROOK'S CORNER BOOK PRIZE.
CHEF BILL SMITH'S BLOG: A YEAR IN THE KITCHEN (AND ON THE ROAD): Bill Smith's blog !
FOR A GREAT LUNCH in CARRBORO: Matt and Sheila Neal have Neal's Deli in downtown Carrboro. Check 'em out for some delicious sammies.