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Crook's Corner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
+1 919-929-7643
17:30 - 21:30
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Sun 10:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:00
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Chapel Hill, United States
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54 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in Chapel Hill for 20 years and have been to Crooks Corner a dozen times and have always had a great meal. Real home cooking here. Sit outside. Any menu item is a hit. Best dish is their shrimp and grits. Have that.

Thank Jim W
Espoo, Finland
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for a casual business dinner with colleagues and had a Carolina fried fish for dinner. The breading was lackluster, the fish tasted old and had bits of skin on it, together with disorganized sides of corn bread and cole slaw. The lighting was odd and the seating was not very comfortable. Interior of this place looks chaotic to... More 

Thank Dominik R
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been eating at Crook's Corner with family and friends for 30 years now, and the long string of memories is priceless. Sometimes you go and get what you know you are going there to get... Shrimp and Grits! Sometimes you take a chance on something that is completely unknown to you, but probably quintessentially Southern (the first place I... More 

Thank Zemo T
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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139 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

I have only had brunch here because I am a vegetarian and most of the lunch and dinner menus contain meat. But Brunch is great here! I've been here 3 times for Brunch and it is always good! Crook's Corner, although it doesn't look it from the outside, has deliciously cooked foods! Bill Smith, the owner and chef, stands out... More 

Thank jainsea
Wilmington, North Carolina
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Haven't been to Crook's Corner in years, but last night we gave it a try. The place was very busy but with a reservation we were seated immediately. Our server was very helpful and attentive. Four of us split an order of really good fired oysters and a pear & arrugula salad. Entrees were great: shrimp & grits, barbecue plate.... More 

Thank sgw44
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We ordered the artichoke and crab dip appetizer. Mostly melted cheese. The shrimp and grits, their signature dish,was overly spiced. Didn't taste anything like the original. We had to send it back and the replacement dish was just a spicy. Altogether a bad dining experience.

Thank Stu M
Park City, Utah
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247 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

We stopped in on a recent Friday night and split a bunch of vegetarian side dishes. I must say, this place has slipped over the years and it's in need of a shakeup. Most of the dishes came out lukewarm and lacking flavor. The service was good and the atmosphere is the same fun as it always was. I came... More 

Thank Godby
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Visiting from the north and loved this spot. The Shrimp and Grits were perfection. The Carolina Sampler gave us all we needed to be sold on Carolina cuisine. Will come again!

Thank Peggy S
Tucson, Arizona
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235 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

hoppin john, okra gumbo,beet and goat cheese salad fine wine dirty martini terrific service.....Crooks has it all parking is a bit dicey prices and portions outstanding.

Thank baird t
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Sadly, Crook's is no longer a go-to restaurant of mine. The last 2 times I went, the service was terrible (and I don't usually judge service) and the food was mediocre. Even the classics (Hoppin John and pimento cheese plate) were only so-so. With so many other great places to eat in Chapel Hill, Durham, and Carrboro, Crook's is now... More 

Thank tarheel617

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 21 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-7643

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?