The Whole Fried Fish varies according to the day's catch. but arrives fresh and moist beneath a crisp crosshatched skin, presented upright on the platter as if still swimming. Alongside the fish, an epicurean shoreline is bestrewn with cornmeal crepes, hot honey, mixed greens and grilled lemon halves to assemble your own tacos.

Standard Foods

Standard Foods reopened in October 2016 in downtown Raleigh with new executive chef Eric Montagne. He has lost no time in establishing himself as a rising culinary star in his own right. Originally published 5/25/2017 If Raleigh’s No. 1 restaurant news story in 2015 was the highly anticipated, much-delayed opening of Standard Foods, then last…

Chef Doug Robbins ventures all the way to China for five spice-rubbed smoked crispy char siu ribs, with a layover in Hawaii for the luau-inspired sauce that gives the ribs their sticky coating of caramelized sugar. at Cockadoodlemoo food truck.

Food Truck Review: CockaDoodleMoo serves global journey of barbecue and sandwiches

CockaDoodleMoo, a food truck that hit the road in 2014, features flavorful sandwiches, smoked meat and addictive macaroni and cheese. By Greg Cox Originally published 5/10/2017. With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe: Once upon an evening early, while I pondered – hungry, surly, Prospects of a liquid meal of Trophy’s hoppy local brew – As…

Mini crab cakes, panko-crusted spheres riddled with sweet jumbo lump crabmeat,
reaffirm the reputation for seafood that Academy Street Bistro's new chef and owner Tom Havrish earned at Lugano.

Academy Street Bistro

Academy Street Bistro’s new owner and chef, Tom Havrish, is making big changes to the menu, which he sees as an opportunity to spread his culinary wings. By Greg Cox Published by 5/4/2017. CARY When Academy Street Bistro reopened last November after a two-week closure, even regular customers might reasonably have assumed that the owner…

The Murg Mykanwala is chicken served in a creamy stewed tomato sauce and a side of rice. The garlic naan is a nice addition and is extraordinarily light and fluffy.

Viceroy

Viceroy is a joint venture between the owners of the popular Bull McCabe’s pub just down the street and the owners of the Tan-Durm food truck. It’s a mashup of their respective specialties: British and Indian cuisines. By Greg Cox Originally published 4/20/2017 Entering Viceroy, your eyes adjust to the soft, warm light of Edison…

General manager Jimmy Keegan, center, gives advice about the menu to Reather Massenberg, left, and Nashall Hairston, right, during lunch at Soomsoom Pita Pockets food truck in Durham on March 24, 2017.

Food Truck Review: Soomsoom Pita Pockets – both meat and vegetarian – packed with flavor

Soomsoom Pita Pockets has meat and meatless options on its food truck. You’ll find succulent options in the soft pillows of pita By Greg Cox Originally published 4/13/2017. As I walked up to the Soomsoom Pita Pockets truck to place our order, I had the most virtuous of intentions. Really, I did. My wife had…

Fresh shrimp basil rolls, where carrot, cucumber and lettuce join the star ingredients in a pastel patchwork seen through supple, translucent wrappers, are served at Baan Thai in Apex.

Baan Thai

Baan Thai opened in Apex in 2015, the first restaurant for Kelly Chamnansuan. You’ll appreciate the fact that experience has taught her how to cater to a Western palate. By Greg Cox Originally published 4/6/2017 APEX Entering Baan Thai, you’re greeted by a smiling waiter and a compact, tidy dining room decorated in a style…

The Wagyu Short Rib is served alongside cornbread pudding, melted onion and hickory sauce at Crawford & Son in Raleigh.

Crawford & Son

Dining review: Crawford and Son allows chef to showcase talents in cozy neighborhood restaurant Chef Scott Crawford opened Crawford and Son in downtown Raleigh in November 2016. Now that he’s got his own place, he can focus on highlighting his culinary skills on an evolving seasonal menu. By Greg Cox Originally published 3/30/17 RALEIGH  Tell…

Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern classic? Find the answer in Ashley Christensen’s take on a fried chicken biscuit with pickled green tomato, dijon mustard and honey at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh.

Seek enlightenment, Southern style with these 8 biscuits that will blow your mind

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we seek enlightenment, Southern style – otherwise known as bliss on a biscuit. Beasley’s Chicken + Honey 237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 919-322-0127 beasleys-raleigh.com Bliss on a biscuit: Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern…