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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 good27%
  • Average17%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“brunch” (26 reviews)
“shrimp and grits” (112 reviews)
“sorbet” (21 reviews)
Opens in 21 min
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

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 14 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 22 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 20 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 22 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
Reviewed 6 December 2017

I always have shrimp and grits when I'm in town so I've had my fair share of different styles. This one was one of the best I've had. Scallions, mushrooms and lots of shrimp made this particularly tasty. Service was a little slow and inattentive...More

Reviewed 18 November 2017

Crooks in an institution and as we have lived here for over 30 years, it used to be almost the only place with character and good food in town. I love the building with it's old Pig on top and I love the funky garden...More

Thank Holly R
Reviewed 14 November 2017

I ate here with friends on a recommendation from a coworker. A cold Saturday night, a not full restaurant and we got seated by the door, so every cold draft hit us dead on. We had the jalapeno hush puppies--could not tell there was jalapeno...More

Thank ElaineMI
Reviewed 30 October 2017

I had them both. A classic Southern cocktail and the entre that made this place famous. Or, was it the art in the bathroom. Or the hustling waiter with the accent. Or the Carolina football game before the dinner. Or the Elvis on the bookshelf...More

Thank Agman1114
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

I had the fried oyster appetizer and the Cajun rib eye steak. The oysters were great and the steak I ordered it rare and it came out medium rarish ( I like mine bloody when I order rare) Also in the group were the bay...More

Thank John J
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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, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 9:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
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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