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“Perhaps a Little Overrated” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Crook's Corner

Crook's Corner
610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
+1 919-929-7643
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Ranked #22 of 251 Restaurants in Chapel Hill
Price range: $21 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Bar, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Los Angeles
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52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Perhaps a Little Overrated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

My brother-in-law told me that this was the best restaurant in Chapel Hill. While it was good, we may have had too high expectations.
The decor is interesting -- early 50's cafe complete with counter service. The decor was at odds with the prices -- $20 here, $21 there. there was a back covered patio that we did not venture on to that held more patrons and looked interesting.
The signature dish -- shrimp and grits -- was good. But it wasn't sublime. In fact, there weren't too many grits on my plate. It seemed like a simple dish: shrimp, grits, mushrooms and scallions. Again, good, but not great. We also had tomato & rice soup -- okay, but then I'm not a tomato soup fan unless it's gazpacho. We also had the combination BBQ plate -- pulled pork, collared greens, etc. that was also good.
In general, the food was good, but in my opinion, not deserving of the high praise from my brother-in-law or the other reviewers on this site.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“A classic, must-visit spot in Chapel Hill / Carrboro”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is one of those places that you have to eat if you visit Chapel Hill, and if you live here too. Full of locals and visitors, the food does NOT disappoint. This is the first and best shrimp and grits spot, and the chocolate souffle cake is not to be missed. Yummy.

Visited May 2012
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pittsboro nc
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Terrible Food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We went for the first time this week and had a terrible meal. The huspuppies were overcooked on the outside and undercooked on the inside. The beef tenderloain was overcooked and tough. The shrimp and grits that are supposed to be the specialty were just "ok" . Quite frankly mine are better. We will never go back.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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South Carolina
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Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“True Southern warmth”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

Were thrilled to return to a place we enjoyed 15 years ago on a visit. Folks were so nice as we arrived during a dinner crush without reservations. Found us a table and all was well. The food was not nearly what we had hoped. Perhaps we are spoiled living in Charleston, but this Southern comfort cuisine was a little blah. Seasoning was off on my red rice (grilled okra was really great, tho). Hoppin John was a little meh, ditto burger ( hate the burger police of nc outlawing pink centers!) and didn't adore the hushpuppies. We will go back...but maybe for brunch next time.

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Seattle, Washington
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95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“A Chapel Hill Institution”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

It's a shame we've lived here so long without having tried this place sooner. The menu is Southern comfort food, and is famous for the Shrimp and Grits. We got a variety of small plates and entrees, and everything was excellent (even the hushpuppies, and I'm not a fan of fried dough balls). A word about the small plates - they're not that small - one of those with a salad or a split appetizer would be enough for most people. For dessert, the buttermilk blueberry sorbet was the perfect summer treat - light and delicious. The service was friendly and competent, and the overall experience great. Dress is casual, and parking is available around Franklin Street.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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