Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill was another stop on my tour of Southern food in North Carolina. Although the menu had some of the usual stuff of Southern restaurants, like shrimp and grits and fried green tomatoes, it also produced some more interesting offerings as well. The food was solid and the atmosphere was casual and comfortable.
roasted chicken served with mashed potatoes and sauteed mixed vegetables. The green supposedly comes from jalapeños, but I didn't taste much spice. No matter though because the sauce was tasty and the chicken was perfectly cooked. The dish was clean and simple and on the healthier side of all the meals I had.
My dining companions sampled several other dishes that I had just a taste of.
The Hoppin' John is a bed of rice and black-eye peas flavored with bacon, tomato, scallions and cheddar cheese. It has a sort of kitchen sink feel, but was delicious.
sauteed with bacon, mushrooms and scallions and served over cheese grits.