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…

Smoked, grilled, and available with sauces ranging from BBQ to Orange Hoisin, these jumbo wings from Chow in Raleigh will get you out of your Buffalo rut.

A search for the best wings in the Triangle

Buffalo-style is just a point of departure for our flight plan, which takes us to destinations as far-flung as Korea. Apex Wings 518 E. Williams St., Apex 919-387-0082 facebook.com/Apexwings/ Like ‘em spicy? Try the Shearon Harris wings – if you dare. Note: You can also find Shearon Harris wings at the recently opened Springs Pizza…

The BBQ Shrimp is made up of Pamlico Sound shrimp, Durham hot sauce and garlic bread at The Durham Restaurant Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

2017 Best in the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year

The best restaurants in the Triangle for 2017 By Greg Cox Originally published 1/25/2017 Every year, as I look back over the previous 12 months of restaurant comings and goings in the process of putting together my annual Best Restaurants list, one or two noteworthy trends invariably stand out. These naturally have varied from year…

The Q Quesadilla is an authentic quesadilla corn masa turnover filled with mushrooms, onions and queso fresco that is a great gluten-free and vegetarian alternative served on Qspresso Food Truck.

Food truck: Qspresso

If you’ve seen ‘Chef,’ you’ll want to try Qspresso By Greg Cox Originally published 1/19/17 It’s just a guess, but I’d say most foodies in America have probably seen “Chef,” the Jon Favreau movie about a chef who started a food truck. Among people who work in the food industry, the percentage may well top…

Roasted oysters, preserved lemon and chili butter from the menu at Death & Taxes in downtown Raleigh.

2016 Best in the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year

The best restaurants in the Triangle for 2016 All three of the Triangle’s James Beard Best Chef winners embarked on new ventures in 2015. Ashley Christensen has the Restaurant of the Year with her casual and cosmopolitan Death & Taxes. Other noteworthy new restaurants came from Scott Howell in Durham and Scott Crawford in Raleigh. By Greg…

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6 great Triangle breakfast spots worth getting out of bed for

  This month, we stop hitting the snooze alarm and head out for breakfast at Angie’s in Garner, Night Kitchen and Person Street Pharmacy in Raleigh, True Flavors in Durham and other great spots.   Angie’s 1340 W. Garner Road, Garner 919-661-6707 angiesrestaurant.com Worth getting out of bed for: Two eggs any style, choice of…

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5 Triangle gems off the beaten path

This month, we venture off the beaten path for a grab bag of cheap eats worth putting a few extra miles on the odometer Bagels Plus 100 Dickens Road, Fuquay-Varina 919-285-4980 bagelsplusfuquay.com A little slice of New York in Fuquay offering authentic bagels with a variety of fillings (if you’ve been searching in vain for…

The Mestizo sandwich features
Argentinean pork sausage on a grill­pressed Mexican bolillo bun lined with guacamole, kraut and crumbled cotija cheese, the sandwich is served with plantain chips and an addictive Spanish alioli brightened with a parsley­basil­cilantro pesto for dipping.

Route Bistro Food Truck

  Route Bistro brings new meaning to ‘street food’ By Greg Cox Review originally published 8/11/2016 Route Bistro has been on the road for a little over a year now, but the first time I stumbled across the truck was on a recent Saturday at the Western Wake Farmers’ Market in Cary. My wife and I…

At Ross and Jessica McCarthy’s barbecue truck, The Humble Pig, you get three sauce options: tangy-sweet Georgia-style, mayo-based Alabama-style, or N.C. vinegar. The truck also serves beef brisket, chicken wings and chopped pork tacos.

Food truck review: The Humble Pig

The Humble Pig takes barbecue to the Deep South By Greg Cox Review originally published 7/14/2016 When Ross McCarthy got laid off from his job as a machine tool salesman in 2011, he and his wife, Jessica, decided to quit the rat race and start a food truck. The Humble Pig (the name was the…

Vegged Out is a great menu option for vegetarians with grilled seasonal local vegetables and mole oil on flour tortillas.

Food truck review: The 13th Taco

13th Taco is a lucky find for taqueria enthusiasts By Greg Cox Review originally published 6/16/2016 The 13th Taco served its first customer just last month on a Friday the 13th, but David Peraza-Arce insists that’s just a coincidence. Peraza-Arce, who describes himself as “chef/creator/investor” (the “chef” part boasting a resume that includes Mez, Jibarra…