"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 the first Wednesday of every month. 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 will resume this September with Speedy Lohr's of Lexington, NC.

FAQs and Answers from CHEF BILL SMITH: 

What’s the top seasonal-returning favorite? Soft Shell Crabs for now but season is ending. Onslow Bay Scallops w/ hominy, Shishito peppers & spinach.

What’s seasonal, new, unusual? Betsey's Heirloom Tomato Plate, Fresh Local Succotash Salad w/ Celebrity Dairy goat cheese & Tomato-Watermelon Salad. Also, the soups are cold - Cols Blueberry Soup & Coctel de Verano which is a pork, crab & shrimp gazpacho. Grilled Okra & Grilled Corn-on-the-Cob.

Crook's Picnic Plate w/ cold fried chicken, devilled eggs, watermelon wedge, potato salad and cukes & onions. Fresh Homemade Pasta w/ sage pesto. Carolina Fish Fry w/ flounder as the featured fish.

For dessert we have Peach-Blueberry Cobbler.

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: Janet Oldham's abstract photographs.




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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