Sticky Rice

Sticky Rice opened in Wake Forest in November 2016. Its menu features Laotian dishes as well as Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. When Sticky Rice opened in Wake Forest last November, all I could think of at first were reasons not to review it. For one thing, the menu is pan-Asian, an eclectic grab bag running…

Bare Bones

Bare Bones’ chef has a few signature tricks when it comes to barbecue By Greg Cox Originally published 5/10/17. RALEIGH Over the past decade or so, Eschelon Experiences has earned a reputation as one of the area’s most prolific and diverse restaurant groups, with properties covering the spectrum from Mura (Japanese) to The Oxford (British…

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…

Lucky’s Delicatessen

Lucky’s Delicatessen helps fill downtown Durham breakfast-and-lunch void By Greg Cox Review originally published 12/15/2016 When Lucky’s Deli opened in June, it brought a welcome new breakfast-and-lunch option to the evening-heavy lineup of restaurants in downtown Durham. Just a few weeks later, Cafe Lucarne did the same for downtown Raleigh with its opening in City Market. Both…

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,…

Food truck review: Pie Pushers

Pie Pushers’ ‘Durham style’ crust is a winner By Greg Cox Review originally published 5/13/2016 Last month, Pie Pushers celebrated its fifth anniversary. That’s an enviable milestone in any business, but especially so on the local food truck circuit, where many vendors haven’t yet been on the road long enough to need new tires. As…