Crook's CornerCategories: Restaurants & Bars, Breakfast, Family, Seafood
610 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Hours: Open Tuesday - Sunday at 5:30pm Sunday Brunch from 10:30am until 2:00pm
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It's no wonder why Watt's Grocery and NOFO at The Pig (both with impressive brunch offerings in their own right) include Bill Neal's Shrimp and Grits on their menus. The Crook's Corner chef has perfected the dish with bacon, scallions and mushrooms. The shrimp and grits may have made the place famous, but there are plenty of special recipes to keep you coming back again and again. I'm especially partial to the Hoppin' Egg, a classic Hoppin' John of black-eyed peas, cheddar, tomatoes, scallions and rice, topped with two fried eggs. Try it – it will be hours before you feel like hoppin' (post-brunch nap, anyone?).
The menu posted daily on the web site consistently offers some of Bill Neal's classic recipes: Shrimp and Grits, Mount Airy Chocolate Souffle Cake, Princess Pamela's Buttermilk Pie, Hoppin' John and Jalapeno Hushpuppies. Season and market permitting other Neal recipes such as Persimmon Pudding come and go. The Crook's menu is now also well known for such Bill Smith's seasonal dishes such as Soft Shell Crabs, Fried Oysters, Aunt Hi's Oyster Stew, Carolina Moon from Chapel Hill Creamery served as a crotin with the freshest vegetables, Sweetbreads, Green Tabasco Chicken, House Cured Corned Ham on many Saturdays, Steaks with Bourbon Sauce, three and a half seasons worth of Goat Cheese Salads with toasted pumpkin seeds and cooked market vegetables .... and of course Bill Smith's inventive ice creams and sorbets and old-fashioned desserts.
The James Beard Foundation awarded Crook's a 2011 America's Classic Award for "Timeless appeal, beloved for quality of food that reflects the character of their community." We are very proud of the recognition.
Patio is covered, heated, & enjoyable on mild Winter nights.
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