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February, 2015

* Aphrodisiacs * Louis St. Lewis* Garden & Gun Feature *


Hello Friends -

 

Valentine's Day (we should say actually Valentine's Weekend) is fast approaching. We have been taking calls for reservations for weeks now, but, we do still have spots left for the Big Night (the 14th is on a Saturday)-and also the Friday before and Sunday after-when we'll also serve our Valentine's Menu.


 


 

By tradition, Aphrodite's Delight is a dish we only serve on Valentine's. The aphrodisiacs are sautéed sweetbreads & oysters, in a whisky cream sauce, a primo choice for sweetbread lovers, this is the one dish that might not make it until Sunday.

Since Valentine's & Mardi Gras collide on the calendar this year, expect to see on Valentine's, and before and after, Bill Smith's Louisiana favorites: Red Gumbo (w/shrimp and oysters & sausage), Gumbo Z'Herbes (w/ an uneven number of greens for good luck and some savory sidemeat, this is one of my favorites too) and also a spicy, earthy plate of Cajun Chicken Livers.

We have a lot of fun on Valentine's, for one thing, all desserts are "gussied up" throughout the weekend. Atlantic Beach Pie, Good Banana Pudding, Orange-Red Hot Sorbet, Mt. Airy Chocolate Soufflé Cake, Whiskied Big Biscuit Pudding and Chocolate Milk Punch Ice Cream will all be present, tarted up, ready to tempt you.

Our steak right now, for Valentine's, and for most of February is a delicious, choice, 8-oz Hanger Steak (the cut Bill Smith said the butcher saves for himself). With Bill Smith's incomparable Bourbon Brown Sauce and his Father's Jerusalem Artichoke Relish served alongside perfectly twice-fried French fries, this is just, well, yum. I love it when the sauce runs into the French fries.

Headin' South will make a brief appearance at some point this month, I have my fingers crossed for Valentine's day.  The seared duck breast and confit leg, with a cider-vinegar and grapefruit sauce reduction, is really, really good.

Speaking of good we're serving a Turnip Green & White Bean Soup. Bill has substituted frost-kissed, so very intense-tasting, turnip greens for the escarole in a recipe that was the secret of a friend's Italian mother.

Continuing due to a following is the Crook's Pate Plate, which has Bill's 2 Bird Pate (2-bird, meaning chicken liver flavored w/ Wild Turkey Bourbon) and a Chunky Country Pork Pate, served with onion jam, Jezebel sauce, toast, and pickles of some variety. This is an amazing plate, good to share, even with just cocktails at the bar.

Fried Oysters will continue through the R months, maybe into May, and Shrimp & Grits are here for you-all the time. Please check out our website for all our offerings, which change daily, definitely weekly, and drastically monthly: www.crookscorner.com


Crook's in the News: A lot of people saw Bill Smith in the New York Times last week and also we've had at least one table drive in from a far-flung location (Atlanta) after reading the extensive and very thoughtful feature story in Garden & Gun magazine. The terrific writing here is by Greensboro-native and former Chapel Hillian Nic Brown, who by the way will be reading from his new novel on February 10th at Flyleaf Books. The photographs are by Andrew Kornylak, who is new to Chapel Hill. We enjoyed getting to know Andrew over the three days he took photos of so many dishes and made a video just posted on the magazine's website. The magazine is on newsstands now and the website has extra photographs and the video we'll share here:

Garden & Gun feature on Bill Smith: http://gardenandgun.com/article/kitchen-diplomacy


 

 

 

And..... Atlantic Beach Pie was named a Top 10 Greatest Hits of the Year by FOOD 52.

 

Bar Notes: We are making a push now to highlight what our regular customers know: We welcome those to come in and have just a drink in our bar, a little something to eat or a full dinner-it's all good. We have custom cocktails, house-made tonics, and bottles and glasses of wine that Independent Weekly readers voted into the final five-for best wine in the entire Triangle.

On the Walls: Louis St. Lewis' vibrant, opulent mixed media paintings are up for the month of February - Always a colorful, interesting show.

Check our website for our complete Menus; http://www.crookscorner.com

 

Hope to see you soon, and as always, thank you for your friendship & patronage -

Gene Hamer

 

 

As always, our menu is posted daily at: www.crookscorner.com
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610 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

 Open Tuesday - Sunday at 5:30pm
Sunday Brunch from 10:30am until 2:00pm
Patio is covered, heated, & enjoyable on mild Winter nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As always, our menu is posted daily at: www.crookscorner.com
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610 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC

  (919) 929-7643
 Open Tuesday - Sunday at 5:30pm
Sunday Brunch from 10:30am until 2:00pm
Patio is covered, heated, & enjoyable on mild Winter nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 



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