"Long known for both its sumptuous take on Southern comfort food and as a gathering spot for the city’s abundant creative community..."
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"Crook's continues to live up to its national reputation
as a temple of Southern cuisine."

— Raleigh News & Observer
"Sacred ground for Southern foodies."
The New York Times
"Timeless appeal, beloved for quality of food
that reflects the character of their community."
— Awarded 2011 America's Classic by The James Beard Foundation
Welcome to Crook's Corner!


"Put a Pig on It" this CAROLINA CUE WEDNESDAY , 

For this Fall & Winter our Carolina 'Cue Wednesdays will be the first Wednesday of evry month. We will feature some new places and hopefully will have a mustard-based Q from South Carolina. We've visited 25 places so far. For March we will feature Wilbur's in Goldsboro, NC. Full schedule will be posted on Carolina 'Cue Wednesday (click tab to your left).


FAQs and Answers from CHEF BILL SMITH: 

Fried Oysters!!. 

What’s the newest most popular? Crook's Pate Plate w/ 2 Bird (chicken liver flavored with Wild Turkey) and Pork Chunky Country served w/ onion jam, okra pickles, Jezebel sauce & garlic toast.

What are the returning seasonal favorites? Fried Oysters (all R months), The Southern Schnitzel—aka Cheese Pork!, Red Beans & Rice & Duck Headin' South.

What's next? Duck, Sweetbreads, Ray's Best O'Best Turtle Soup and a host of Mardi Gras Dishes

See full Dinner menu line-up of seasonals, changing and posted daily here.  

Also, we don't have everything every night, call or please check the menu posted online nighty.


ON THE WALLS: Oil paintings by Rita Baldwin of Pittsboro.




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): 


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.

















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