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…

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…

Cafe Lucarne

Cafe Lucarne helps fill downtown Raleigh 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…

Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen turns out ambitiously inventive menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 12/01/2016 Stenciled on the front wall of the former garage that has been home to Whiskey Kitchen since the restaurant opened in August, in big block letters next to a glass-paneled garage door that now opens onto a patio, is the restaurant’s…

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,…

Picnic

  Durham’s Picnic has great barbecue, but you can’t skip the fried chicken By Greg Cox Review originally published 9/8/16 We’re seated at a picnic table, dining al fresco. The spread – deviled eggs, fried chicken, potato salad – looks like it might have been just unpacked from a picnic basket. There’s pork barbecue, too,…

NanaSteak

  Durham’s NanaSteak a fresh take on the classic steakhouse By Greg Cox Review originally published 8/25/2016 Entering NanaSteak, you’re greeted by a host stationed at a stand made of salvaged industrial machine parts. Seated at a raspberry faux leather banquette set against a wall painted a rich shade of ripe plum, you look across…