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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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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good26%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (38 reviews)
“shrimp and grits” (120 reviews)
“sorbet” (23 reviews)
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 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have tasted great southern food i charleston, sc. This southern food is not to my taste. I have been there at least three times throughout the years. I had never been impressed.

1  Thank boxspacelady
Reviewed 3 October 2018

Located in the charming downtown of Chapel Hill (home of the mighty Tar Heels), Crooks Corner has been a mainstay in inventive, delicious Southern cuisine for over 30 years. Everything they serve is beyond description, but I especially like Sunday Brunch. If you're anywhere near...More

Thank barbara k
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile

My friend and I just had a very nice dinner at this restaurant. It served traditional NC dishes such as hush puppies, shrimp and grit and Carolina barbecue sampler, all were very tasty. My favorite was the Shrimp and Grit! It also displayed art from...More

Thank Shannon C
Reviewed 14 August 2018

The shrimp and grits, a signature dish, were mediocre -- flavorless and limp. The rest of the meal was the same. Bland, unexciting. The service, however, was very friendly and attentive. Brunch for four on a Sunday. We were surprised at how average the shrimp...More

1  Thank Jeremy H
Reviewed 6 August 2018

So good I went back the night after dinner just to eat more banana pudding . Great place, nice vibe, Overall, delicious food.

Thank Darius P
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

The experience was incredible. My wife and I research restaurants before going into a city or town and this particular one was given very high ratings by Garden and Gun Magazine which we subscribe to. We’re a little fast pace being from the North but...More

Thank johncr1964
Reviewed 2 August 2018 via mobile

Every time we visit Chapel Hill, our “must stop” is this wonderful restaurant where it’s all about the food! My daughter was at a music workshop at UNC, so I had to go solo, so I had the superb shrimp and grits that are so...More

Thank 599cindyk
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Menu items vary, but there are old favorites such as shrimp & grits and Jalapeno hush puppies which are consistently good. When in season, their soft shell crabs are as good as anywhere on the east coast. The honeysuckle sorbet is also unique and very...More

Thank AlanR3487
Reviewed 15 July 2018

If it's not too hot or cold, the patio dining offers the best experience. Our server was good, but not great. Competent and considerate. But it was clear that the wait staff is not familiar with the dishes and what they taste like or how...More

1  Thank greatadventures
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Small college town (UNC-CH) restaurant. We have tried Shrimp and Grits in many East Coast places. Crooks Corner outdoes all others. Preparation, presentation and TASTE are the best ever. This place requires many more visits. And don't miss out on the Bananna Pudding.

Thank dabigman240
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$21 - US$30
Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
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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