"CUE" WEDNESDAY -Tonight, Wednesday, December 4, we are featuring ‘CUE from the famous Parker's (in Wilson, NC).
Each Wednesday we feature a different and delicious Carolina ‘Cue w/ their signature sauce. Parker’s is vinegar and red pepper.
MUST-TRY NEW DISHES ON NOW FROM BILL SMITH:
Crook's Corner Pate Plate — 2 or 3 house-made pates (pork tenderloin, chicken liver) with our onion jam * Southern Risottos (with always, Carolina Gold Rice, now on with Oyster Mushrooms) * Jalapeño Mac & Cheese (a gratin for the table) * Apricot & Almond Bread Pudding w/ Caramel Sauce.
RETURNING SEASONAL FAVORITES:
Bill Smith’s famous I Heart Cheese Pork! (Southern Schnitzel with Madeira Sauce) * Bill Smith's best-ever Fried Oysters w/ a roasted garlic mayonnaise * A Salad of Brussels Sprout w/ Blue Cheese * Pan-seared Tuna w/ Capers & Browned Butter * Butterscotch Pudding.
AN ARRAY OF SALADS & SMALL PLATES:
Shrimp & Rice Rice Fritters, “Calas,” inspired by Lolis Elie's Treme Cookbook) * Local Cheese Plate * Lots of Savor the South Crab & Oyster recipe testings (change daily)
The Ice Cream Sandwich (made with Mt. Airy Cake) * The "Oh My God" Pie, the Atlantic Beach Lemon-Lime Pie * Old-Fashioned Layer Cake explorations * Fried Pie explorations * And our classics (Mt. Airy Chocolate Souffle, Banana Pudding), see daily menu.
DECEMBER BAR FAVORITES:
An amazing selection of featured wines, pairings via Piedmont Wine Importers: natural, organic wines from small vineyards in the Piedmont of Italy * Sazeracs (your choice of Rye Whiskey) * Your favorite drink with our House-made Tonic
ART ON OUR WALLS:
Elaine O’Neill’s fanciful fabric views of Crook’s, a road trip to Hatteras, and more.
FIVE TASTY NEWS LINKS:
1/ Yes, we have the pie you heard about on NPR:: THE PIE THAT ELICIT’S THAT OH MY GOD RESPONSE.
2/ DO YOU REMEMBER WHERE YOU WERE WHEN YOU ATE THE BEST BANANA PUDDING EVER? Robert St. John proclaims Bill Smith's to be the best -- and tells us why Bill Smith is one of the finest chef' in Southern cooking history:
3/ TRAVEL TO THE OUTER BANKS WITH BILL SMITH, SAM McGANN AND LOCAL PALATE MAGAZINE (also on the site are recipes for Hard Crab Stew, Atlantic Beach Pie and more):
RECOMMENDED HOT SPOTS NEARBY:
NEAL'S DELI: Matt and Sheila Neal have Neal's Deli in downtown Carrboro. Check 'em out !
ALLEY TWENTY SIX: For a great cocktail in downtown Durham, there is Shannon Healy's Alley 26 on Chapel Hill Street.