Southern Style Poutine, Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese, Sesame Encrusted Catfish…just a few of the options to sink your teeth into at the Crooked Tree Café, a new restaurant for folks near Marietta to try for a brunch they’ll enjoy (and not soon forget).
The Crooked Tree Café is located on Cobb Parkway near Kennestone Hospital, the Cobb County courthouse and the Coca-Cola factory, and offers up food described as ‘Southern with a twist’.
It’s the kind of place I consider ideal for Sunday brunch with family, or a nice meet-up spot for catching up with friends while sharing a delicious meal of food that you won’t find on every other corner.
Jeff Haeger co-owns the restaurant with his father and serves as the chef. He is a local, graduating from Lassiter High School in 1988, and previously worked in Vinings at Canoe and SoHo after studying at Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Charleston. He came up with the name of Crooked Tree from a memory of the live oaks along the southern coast.
At Crooked Tree Café, he creates treats like the Smoked Duck Sloppy Joe and Smoked Brisket Hash for lunch. But his suggestions for first-timers include the Smoked Springer Mountain Chicken with Alabama-style Ivory Barbecue Sauce. I had to ask what that was about when I was invited to come review the restaurant and share a meal with friends. I was told it’s a mayonnaise-based barbeque sauce with cider, cider vinegar, lemon juice and a couple other critical ingredients.
I personally think the green eggs and ham are the best for breakfast. It included eggs scrambled with country ham (locally produced), herbs and white cheddar, with the green topping being a basil pesto. So yummy.
The restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday to Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Brunch is served on Sundays and the restaurant is closed Mondays. Visit crookedtreecafe.com or call the restaurant at (770) 333-9119 for more information.