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Southern with a twist: New Crooked Tree Cafe caters to barbecue lovers, offers Southern favorites with a different touch
by Sally Litchfield
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The Crooked Tree Cafe’ Chef Jeff Haeger invites barbecue lovers to his new restaurant at 915 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta. Haeger can turn an ordinary barbecue sandwich into a slice of heaven with his sauces and methods of cooking.
The Crooked Tree Cafe’ Chef Jeff Haeger invites barbecue lovers to his new restaurant at 915 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta. Haeger can turn an ordinary barbecue sandwich into a slice of heaven with his sauces and methods of cooking.
Two of Chef Jeff Haeger’s sandwiches served daily at The Crooked Tree Cafe’, include a smoked duck sloppy-joe and a smoked chicken with ivory barbecue sauce.
Two of Chef Jeff Haeger’s sandwiches served daily at The Crooked Tree Cafe’, include a smoked duck sloppy-joe and a smoked chicken with ivory barbecue sauce.
Haeger stands outside Crooked Tree Cafe.
Haeger stands outside Crooked Tree Cafe.
Smoked Turkey Pot Pie.
Smoked Turkey Pot Pie.
At Crooked Tree Café, one of Marietta’s newest restaurants, they say, “The crooked path leads to great food.” The café is located in a freestanding building at 915 Cobb Parkway North, Marietta.

Owner and chef Jeff Haeger, who described the fare as “Southern with a twist” said, “We are a Southern café. We have really good coffee and a really good breakfast. Lunch features highlights from not only my career but Southern favorites like barbecue, pulled pork, pulled chicken and some different twists on some favorites like a Smoked Duck Sloppy Joe and Smoked Brisket Hash.”

Haeger, a Marietta resident, offers traditional Southern dishes at Crooked Tree Café but adds his own touch to make them unique. He suggests that first time guests try the Smoked Springer Mountain Chicken with Alabama-style Ivory Barbecue Sauce. Sides are familiar, but fun such as the vinegar-based Poblano Cider Slaw, house cut fries and bacon potato salad.

Freshness is the key at Crooked Tree Café.

“We try to do everything fresh here. All the meats throughout the menu I make here. I don’t buy anybody else’s barbecue or pork or chicken. The turkey for the sandwiches we do everything here as far as brining, smoking it and just taking care of it,” said Haeger, a 1988 graduate of Lassiter High School. He owns the restaurant with his father, Larry Haeger.

Haeger brings solid experience to the restaurant. He attended Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Charleston, South Carolina, where he worked at several restaurants before joining Chef Stephen Pyles in Dallas, Texas, where he fine-tuned his love of smoking and spicy foods. Among other restaurants, he worked in Vinings at Canoe and SoHo.

“It was time as a chef that I opened my own place. I reached a point where I felt that I was either going to work for someone or it’s time to do my own thing. I’ve been cooking for a long time,” Haeger said.

He came up with the name of Crooked Tree from a memory of the live oaks along the southern coast, in particular Cumberland Island where he vacationed.

“When it came time to find a Southern image that I could relate back to myself, I remembered that beach and those trees. The name Crooked Tree just kind of fell out,” Haeger said.

Crooked Tree’s grand opening weekend is Nov. 28, 29 and 30. Customers will received 20 percent off that weekend. 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.

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Crooked Tree Cafe Now Open in Marietta

For the last several years the residents of Smyrna have been blessed with the our café calling their city its home. Business people, tennis team members, parents groups and those looking for a fantastic meal, have flocked to our unique café and now we have replanted our roots in Marietta.

Owned and operated by chef Jeff Haeger, the Crooked Tree Café offers patrons an incredible breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch dining experience. Using his fine dining knowledge obtained from working with local chefs and others from around the country, Jeff turns an ordinary meal into anything BUT ordinary. His menu features in-house smoked and spicy meats, mouth watering brisket, delectable chicken and one-of-a-kind fish entrees. His farm-to-table vegetables are grown by local farmers and his specialty sauces are created by non other than Jeff himself.

Jeff has made it his mission to travel the world trying some of the most unique restaurants one can find. He has taken some of his best findings and added them to his outstanding culinary skills. The result? Delectable smoked duck sloppy joe, mouth watering smoked brisket grilled cheese, delicious veggie scramble and scrumptious homemade Moon Pies. Of course chef specials are always offered on a daily basis and are based on seasonal availability.

Chef Jeff is a Marietta native who graduated from Lassiter High School and attended the University of Georgia. He went on to attend Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Charleston, South Carolina, and worked in several restaurants in Charleston before moving to Dallas, Texas. In Dallas he developed his love of smoked and spicy foods while working with chef Stephen Pyles. After returning to the southeast, Jeff served as chef at the Memphis Q and Coast Brew Pub at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. Locally, Jeff worked with chefs Gary Mennie at Canoe and Joey Ahn, at Soho. In 2012, Jeff and his father decided to showcase Jeff’s talents in his own restaurant. Using his love of the beautiful Angel Oaks on Cumberland Island, Jeff chose the name Crooked Tree Café for his restaurant.

The Crooked Tree Café is located at 915 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta. The restaurant is open Tuesday through Friday from 7 AM to 3 PM, Saturday and Sunday from 8 AM to 3 PM and is closed on Monday. To learn more about the café, please visit the website at www.crookedtreecafe.com.

Welcome to the Crooked Tree Cafe

Upon entering Crooked Tree Café the delicious aroma of great food greets you. Using his fine dining experience gleamed from working with both local chefs and others from around the country, chef/owner Jeff Haeger opened his own restaurant, Crooked Tree Cafe, in 2012. We were excited when the opportunity arose to bring the Crooked Tree to Marietta.  The chefs home town since middle school, Marietta is now the home of the Crooked Tree CafeOver the past several months Jeff has refined his menu to now feature the finest in-house, smoked and spicy meats, along with some exciting twists to southern favorites.

To accompany the smoked meats, sides are prepared in-house for freshness. Sides include poblano cider slaw, bacon potato salad, macaroni and cheese, pinto beans and smoked chicken noodle soup. Chef specials are coming soon and will include such favorites as smoked meatloaf, fried chicken, and smoked spare ribs.

Chef Jeff graduated from Lassiter High School and attended the University of Georgia. He then attended Johnson and Wales Culinary School in Charleston, South Carolina. He worked in several restaurants in Charleston before moving to Dallas, Texas where he worked with Stephen Pyles where he developed his love of smoked and spicy foods. After returning to the south, Jeff worked at the Memphis Q at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi, Mississippi. In Vinings, Georgia Jeff also worked with Chefs Gary Mennie at Canoe and Joey Ahn, at Soho. In 2012, Jeff and his father decided to show case Jeff’s talents in his own restaurant. Using his love of the beautiful Angel Oaks on Cumberland Island, Jeff chose the name Crooked Tree Café for his restaurant.

The restaurant is located at 915 Cobb Parkway North in Marietta and is open for breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Saturday and available for catering.

Photo by Karen E Wink, www.karenwink.com