Restaurant News & Reviews

Crook's Corner

610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

929-7643, www.crookscorner.com.

Cuisine: Southern, new Southern.

Rating: ***

Prices: entrees $11 to $16.

Atmosphere: narrow '50s-retro diner; sheltered patio.

Service: generally polished.

Recommended: fried oysters, shrimp and grits, gumbo, sweetbreads, banana pudding, homemade ice creams.

Open: brunch Sunday, dinner Tuesday-Sunday.

Reservations: recommended on weekends.

Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; full bar; smoke-free; kid-tolerant; patio.

The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:

**** Extraordinary.

*** Excellent.

** Good.

* Fair.

Zero stars: Poor

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