The 11 best breakfast and brunch spots that go beyond the omelette

The best breakfast and brunch restaurants in the Triangle that serve more than just eggs and pancakes (not that anything is wrong with that). By Greg Cox Correspondent A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we roll out of bed and set out in search of breakfast….

Dining review: La Santa’s freshness, scratch cooking updates classic Tex-Mex and Mexican dishes

La Santa opened on Raleigh’s Glenwood Avenue in May. It serves an eclectic mix of Mexican and Tex-Mex fare with an emphasis on scratch cooking and updated presentations. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/19/2017 RALEIGH La Santa, open since late May in the former Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, is owned by a group of partners…

Food truck review: Kat-n-Around’s owner brings her German cuisine to her adopted home

Kat-n-Around has a German food menu that’s food truck friendly. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/12/2017 Ask Kat Bierbach to tell you about Kat-n-Around, the food truck she started two years ago, and it’s a good bet she’ll say at some point, “I’m living my dream.” The seeds of that dream were planted long ago,…

Dining review: The Lakewood’s inventive menu shows Lawless’ culinary chops. But definitely save room for dessert.

Chef Phoebe Lawless, owner of Durham’s Scratch Bakery, opened The Lakewood in Durham in May 2017. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/12/17 DURHAM Even the most ardent fans of chef Phoebe Lawless – owner of Durham’s Scratch Bakery – might not be aware that she has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years. She…

The best in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delis, the sequel

The Triangle is filled with tasty Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/05/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. Last month, we set out in search of Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops, and found find so many we only made it halfway…

Dining review: Queen of Pho’s broth will satisfy you while banh mi is the star of pho’s supporting cast

Queen of Pho opened in Chapel Hill’s Timberlyne Shopping Center in spring 2017, serving pho, banh mi and other Vietnamese dishes. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/5/2017 CHAPEL HILL “That’s Ancient Town,” our server says, in answer to my question about a poster-size black-and-white photo — a bird’s-eye view of what appears to be a…

Dining review: so.ca offers a surprise at every turn in journey of Latin American, Caribbean cuisine

  so.ca, from the owners of bu.ku, is in Raleigh’s Cameron Village and explores cuisine charting a course from Mexico to Jamaica to Chile, with nearly three dozen ports of call in between. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/21/2017 RALEIGH Way back in 2010, a restaurant with the peculiar name of bu.ku brought a new…

Food Truck Review: Smoky aroma will lure you to Daddy Bob’s Barbeque. Fresh barbecue will keep you there.

Daddy Bob’s Barbeque food truck serves pork barbecue that’s a hybrid of Eastern and Western North Carolina styles. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/14/2017 You can’t miss Daddy Bob’s Barbeque, even when it’s parked among several dozen other food trucks at a rodeo. You don’t even have to use your eyes to locate the fire…

Dining review: Ricci’s Trattoria turns out its favorite pizza, but adds Italian classics

Ricci’s Pizzeria in Holly Springs is now Ricci’s Trattoria in Cary. It still has the pizza it’s known for but has an expanded space with an expanded menu. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/14/2017 CARY Hanging on one wall at Ricci’s Trattoria, just to the right of a large chalkboard menu, is a collection of…

The best bars to find the perfect cocktails

These are some of the best places to drink craft cocktails. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/7/2017 We should have seen it coming. In hindsight, this Golden Age of cocktails that we’re enjoying was the inevitable next step in the modern resurgence of bar culture. First came wine bars, whose extensive by-the-glass offerings made exploring…

The 10 best cocktails at Triangle restaurants

Here are some of the best cocktails found at restaurants in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/7/2017 Let’s all raise a glass to the cocktail, which has been making a remarkable comeback. After decades of languishing in the purgatory of fluorescent green appletinis and frozen margaritas, the mixed drink…

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delis abound. Here are some of the best.

Some of the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fast-casual eateries in the Triangle. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/31/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops. We find so many, we only make it halfway…