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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
November 18, 2014 10:58 PM | 1418 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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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