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Crook's Corner

610 W Franklin St, Intersection: W. Franklin Street , E. Main Street & Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
+1 919-929-7643
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (36 reviews)
“shrimp and grits” (112 reviews)
“sorbet” (21 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
610 W Franklin St, Intersection: W. Franklin Street , E. Main Street & Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A tiny little restaurant serving great shrimp and grits and other dishes with southern flair. Great taste and great service. Definitely worth the trip and if you like shrimp and grits this is the place. Best I ever had.

Thank Walter11_22
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My husband and I had a very nice Valentine’s dinner at Crook’s Corner. The food was thoughtfully prepared and full of flavor. The seasonal menu drew from New Orleans and Mardi Gras flavors and inspirations. I started with Turtle soup and followed it with gumbo...More

Thank EdRockster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Twice I called the restaurant and inquired about patio seating as we were bringing a dog. The first answer was, yes, patio seating would be available, if there is favorable weather. I called again today and asked if the patio was open as we would...More

Thank normPittsburgh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Run, don’t walk, RUN! to ANY place other than this one in the Chapel Hill area. Soggy, sad, lukewarm grit cakes. Weepy, depressed, lukewarm hush puppies. Overdone and underdone burgers (both ordered medium). Salad... Oops! Forgot the dressing (really), but remembered yesterday’s baleful “croutons”... full...More

1  Thank cooter1010
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We should have known by the empty parking lot on a Saturday night and the earsplitting din as we walked through the front door. The menu was terrible with Cajun “favorites” and overworked southern cuisine. Everything was heavy and seemed either overly spiced or completely...More

Thank Rebeccaroswell
Reviewed 10 March 2018

OMG - so delicious! Went alone for a Thursday night dinner! Struggled with the menu since I wanted it ALL! Ended up starting with a yummy cocktail (the My My) followed by the Brussel Sprout salad, shrimp & grits with the orange red hot sorbet...More

Thank Michelle C
Reviewed 12 February 2018

Crooks is a landmark in Chapel Hill, but they fell short this Saturday night. We were a table of 4 and food was average at best. The cocktails were weak, the turtle soup had very little flavor. The main courses were also tasteless. The gumbo...More

Thank mikeE1219CZ
kwalton, Public Relations Manager at Crook's Corner, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Oh dear. Our Louisiana menu is only on for a few weeks in February (for Mardi Gras). But all of us here really love the Red Gumbo and our Chef Bill Smith thinks the Turtle Soup is one of his favorites. Saveur magazine loved the...More

Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Saw this restaurant on PBS show a Chef’s Life. Stopped in for brunch today with no reservation. Wait time about 15 minutes. Very quaint decor but very loud when restaurant full of people. We could not hear each other even though we were sitting beside...More

Thank Karen H
Reviewed 19 January 2018

Crook's Corner reeked of authenticity. We came for dinner and loved the old school vibe with a big and eclectic menu. Nice friendly atmosphere.

Thank Wayne M
Reviewed 21 December 2017

My wife and I ate here one Sunday night. We walked over from Chapel Hill and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It's a cozy, eclectic kind of set up. Very relaxed and friendly. Noise is moderate. The service is excellent and enthusiastic. Wine list is just right...More

Thank bfg1953
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 610 W Franklin St, Intersection: W. Franklin Street , E. Main Street & Merritt Mill Rd., Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-7643
Crook's Corner is on the corner of West Franklin Street and Merritt Mill roads, where Chapel Hill meets Carrboro. It's very casual and unpretentious, yet the food and the drinks are outstanding. Crook's Corner is where you'll find the original Shrimp and Grits (introduced in 1983) and also the best Fried Oysters and Banana Pudding renditions anywhere. Chef Bill Smith's dishes are often modern takes on heirloom dishes, or originals, for example: Atlantic Beach Pie or Jerusalem Artichoke Relish on grilled steaks. Some are wholly original, like Green Tabasco Chicken and Honeysuckle Sorbet. Some are super seasonal like Soft Shell Crabs (the best of the best). And some are quirky like Orange Red Hot Sorbet. Some are gutsy and only on for a few days (like Turtle Soup or Sweetbreads). Things on the menu since the 80s and ordered a plenty are Frozen Mint Juleps, Shrimp & Grits, Mt. Airy Chocolate Souffle Cake. Join us for dinner or Sunday Brunch inside or on the patio.
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