Get ready to chill at these homemade ice cream shops

This month, we beat the summer heat with homemade (or locally made) ice cream By Greg Cox Originally published 6/22/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we beat the summer heat with homemade (or locally made) ice cream. Chuck & Buck Cones ’n’ Cups 4610-B Capital…

Dining review: You don’t need to search far for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza

Five worthy practitioners of the Neapolitan pizza craft have opened in the Triangle: Capp’s Pizzeria, Napoli, Pizzeria Faulisi, Pizza La Stella and Treforni By Greg Cox Originally published 6/15/17 Just a few years ago, searching for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in these parts was, you might say, a pie-in-the-sky proposition. There were New York-style joints by…

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…

Szechuan Taste

The restaurant, open since last August in Cary’s Wellington Park shopping center, is an inviting spot with a contemporary Asian decor. You will encounter a veritable glossary of enigmatic names for dishes. By Greg Cox Review originally published 3/12/2017 If you’re a frequent patron of authentic Chinese restaurants, you’ve no doubt come across dishes whose…

Biryani Maxx

Biryani Maxx By Greg Cox Originally published March 2, 2017. The details: 590-102 E. Chatham St., Cary, 919-377-0346, biryanimaxx.com Nestled among a cluster of unassuming strip malls near the intersection of East Chatham Street and Maynard Road, Biryani Maxx is one of nearly three dozen restaurants whose globe-spanning diversity are earning the area the nickname…

Esmeralda Grill

Esmeralda Grill on East Chatham Street in Cary serves many of the items found on its food truck, such as tacos and burritos, plus other street food-inspired dishes. By Greg Cox Review originally published 2/9/2017 CARY  Late last summer, a sign appeared above the entrance to the strip mall storefront that had over the years…

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…

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…

8 best Triangle “meals in a bowl”

In search of noodle soups and meal-in-a-bowl adventures     Captain Poncho’s Tacos 706 Market St., Chapel Hill 919-697-2237 captainponchos.com Rib-sticking rendition of posole, a spicy Mexican pork and hominy soup.   El Chapin 4600-38 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham 919-908-7975 el-chapin.com Caldo de res, a hearty Guatemalan beef soup chockablock with fresh vegetables.   El…

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…