Food Truck: Chirba Chirba

Chirba Chirba will make you want to ‘Eat! Eat!’ By Greg Cox Review originally ran 11/10/2016 Chirba Chirba has gone through some pretty major changes since the jaunty yellow food truck with the Buddha-like laughing Chinese dumpling logo first hit the road five years ago. The original four owners, who had become friends while at…

6 more Triangle food trucks go brick-and-mortar

  A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we revisit a trend that shows no signs of letting up: mobile vendors opening brick and mortar locations. American Meltdown 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham 919-473-6358 americanmeltdown.org How they roll: Inventive grilled cheese variations, from Pigs ’n’ Figs (local goat…

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

Yield to temptation at Mothers & Sons in Durham By Greg Cox Review originally published 10/27/2016 Mothers & Sons Trattoria is Josh DeCarolis’ first restaurant, but the 33-year-old chef had more going for him on opening day than many veteran restaurateurs. For starters, it doesn’t hurt that his partner is James Beard semifinalist Matt Kelly,…

Brier Creek Beer Garden

Brier Creek Beer Garden puts a spin on classic pub food By Greg Cox Review originally published 10/20/2016 Over the past two decades, Payman Bazooband has established himself as a market-savvy restaurateur with an eye for the unusual. He was an original partner (though he’s no longer involved) in Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill, and is…

Thai Spoon

Thai Spoon takes poetic license with the classics By Greg Cox Review originally published 10/13/2016 If you’re a serious fan of Thai cuisine, you’re probably familiar with larb gai. A salad of minced chicken tossed in fish sauce, lime, chiles and toasted ground sticky rice, it’s traditionally served with lettuce – which in authentic renditions…

Food truck review: Flattz

Flattz has a freewheeling sandwich style By Greg Cox Review  originally published 10/13/2016 Tony Hudson’s dishwasher-to-chef career path isn’t unique, but the route he has taken over the past 30 years has been a meandering one, even by restaurant industry standards. Since starting out as a 13-year-old scrubbing pots at a family-owned restaurant in Matthews,…

The best 6 crêpes in the Triangle

  A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of that classic French contribution to the cheap eats repertoire: crêpes. Coffee & Crêpes 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary 919-233-0288 coffeeandcrepes.com Choose from a wide variety of sweet (bananas Foster, cinnamon bun) and savory (chicken…