Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill for weeks now. Crook's has a special place in my heart for so very many reasons, from its luscious shrimp and grits to its frozen mint juleps. Crook's Corner is where my fiance, Andrew, and I went on our first date two years ago and where we got engaged a year later. Both times I had the shrimp and grits; in fact, it took me over a year to order something there that wasn't shrimp and grits. I associate both the restaurant and the dish with celebration - of food, life, and the people I love.
If I were to write a haiku about Crook's Corner, it would go something like this:
Shrimp and grits at Crook's
The best food and memories
Frozen mint juleps
I can't say that I was entirely surprised that we got engaged when we did. We had designed a ring together, based on my grandmother's wedding band as a base and diamonds from both sides of our families. But that night at Crook's was the first time I saw the ring and the first time we were able to tell people that yes, it's all official. We had crackers with cream cheese and pepper jelly; the chef sent out complimentary champagne; we ate shrimp and grits and fried chicken livers. It was a night of excitement that was equally shared by the delightful staff at Crook's. We promised each other that Crook's Corner would always be a dining out staple, both for the specialness of the memories we have had there and for the deliciousness of its dishes.
|Fresh fried oysters with lemon|
|Honeysuckle sorbet (with Tabasco background), taken with Instagram|
|Honeysuckle sorbet, true color|