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Crook's Corner

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$$ - $$$
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610 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
+1 919-929-7643
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Whenever you read an article about low-country food, this restaurant is mentioned. We came for Sunday brunch and found their acclaimed shrimp and grits to be excellent. The biscuits and gravy were also wonderful. This place is anything but fancy. One side note for brunch: because of liquor laws they can not serve alcohol until after noon.

Thank markandkarenbrown
Durham, North Carolina
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had a wonderful brunch on the patio with friends. I had the Mexican pimento cheese enchiladas/eggs dish. Two others had the sausage biscuit entree. All were excellent. Service was good also.

Thank Lee W
Boston, Massachusetts
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636 reviews
431 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed this place. The menu has a few options but we went with the BBQ, collard greens, and thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Lots of great flavors. Great cocktails as well.

Thank Kipp7272
Kalamazoo, Michigan
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223 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

We had very good waitress. I had the shrimp and grits. They were surprisingly "ok". We heard they were a big deal. I enjoyed the atmosphere, but ultimately, give me a good BBQ pit in the Carolinas.

Thank Beaux1980
Farnham Common, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Whether you already love BBQ, grits and other authentic Southern US food, or you've never tried it - this is THE place to eat in or around Chapel Hill.

Thank David R
Roxboro, North Carolina
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Since 1991, our English teachers group has dined out once a month at many of the finer restaurants in the Triangle area. For some strange [stupid] reason, we had never gone to Crook's Corner. Well, we have now! And we will definitely be coming back!!! My only negative comment concerns the noise factor. Conversing was difficult. My mouth was usually... More 

Thank Roxqueen1558
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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116 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

Crook's Corner is a Southern legend that does not rest on its laurels - or collards - and one has to report, after a group of us enjoyed a leisurely Sunday Brunch - it is as good as ever. The cocktail bar can produce anything but the large spicy Bloody Mary's ($7.50) were more than right for the occasion. We... More 

Thank buenvino
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016 via mobile

Crook's Corner is a small-ish place located on the border of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro town lines. It boasts a large pig outside with other unusual decorations inside. Always crowded, it's a standard in Chapel Hill with inside as well as outside seating...if it's nice, I love the exterior seating. A long standard choice of mine is the shrimp and grits...the... More 

Thank patshane
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016

Tried Crooks Corner this spring and had some fried oysters and gumbo. The small, cluttered place is retro and slightly shabby like a lot of college town haunts. The oysters were excellent but few in number. The gumbo was delicious, yet simple. Service was good. Prices on the high side for the type of food. Coming from SC I am... More 

Thank Anthony L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Crooks is one of our favorite local spots. You must try jalapeño hush puppies as an app and the shrimp and grits are unparalleled. Of course, no trip is complete with out one of their yummy mint juleps.

Thank Joanie H

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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
$21 - $30
American, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Romantic, 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, Chapel Hill, NC 27516-2318
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Chapel Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 919-929-7643

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