"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" 

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). 

For May we are featuring Wyatt Dickson's Pig Whistle once again. Wyatt does great Que but only does catering since he doesn't have a retail shop. On the 6th we're happy to bring his Que to you.

FAQs and Answers from CHEF BILL SMITH: 

What’s the top seasonal-returning favorite? Soft Shell Crabs.
Fried Oysters? Yes and so sweet these last days. These delicious orbs will be leaving the menu soon to return in September.

What’s seasonal, new, unusual? Cream of Foraged Stinging Nettle Soup (the sting is removed by cooking). Also an aged ham from Sam at The Pig (Chapel Hill) which is delicious layered with just-picked and grilled Asparagus.

What’s the newest most popular addition to the menu? “Oxford Tamales” w/ chilies, corn, white cheese & coca cola country ham broth served w/ salsa ranchero...Bill served these to hundreds in Oxford, MS, at the Southern Foodways Alliance Dinner. These aren’t on every night but we try to have them often.

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: Carroll Lassiter's beautiful landscapes.




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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