"Long known for both its sumptuous take on Southern comfort food and as a gathering spot for the city’s abundant creative community..."
Garden & Gun
"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" 

Carolina 'Cue Wednesday is every other Wednesday. We've visited 25 places so far. The schedule for our Guest ‘Cue is posted on this website under Carolina 'Cue Wednesday (click tab to your left). 

Q Wednesdays for Novemeber are on 11/04 featuring Little Richard's in Winston-Salem and on 11/18 Snook's BBQ in Advance, NC

FAQs and Answers from CHEF BILL SMITH: 

What are the top favorites?  Fried Oysters, Shrimp & Crab Calas, Carolina Fish Fry, Woodfruit Oyster Mushroom Risotto, Green Tabasco Chicken. And as always Shrimp & Grits.

What’s seasonal, new, unusual? Cream of Chicken & Chestnut Soup, Sweet Potato-Ginger Soup & Brussels Sprouts Salad w/ Blue Cheese and Walnuts.

Next week: Turtle Soup (as seen in Jack Hitt's SAVEUR Magazine article)

Woodfruit's Oyster Mushroom Risotto for the vegetarians and for others, Catfish Amandine and Cajun Chicken Livers are some of the featured main courses.

For dessert we have Persimmon Pudding as well as Atlantic Beach Pie and Good Banana Pudding.

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. Thank you and hope to see you soon.


ON THE WALLS: Julia Kennedy's colorful abstract paintings..




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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