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…

Try the beer chili: chef’s choice brew with anything from duck and pintos with Velveeta to local beef and white bean at The Wooden Nickel Pub in Hillsborough. The chili on Friday, Feb. 10th was made with slow-braised brisket soaked in Jade IPA from Foothills Brewing along with local chorizo, habaneros and pinto beans.

Top 6 bowls of chili in the Triangle

Our monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains features chili, just in time for National Chili Day. The Blue Note Grill 709 Washington St., Durham 919-401-1979 thebluenotegrill.com What to try: Andrea’s Famous Chili: lean cubed beef, pintos, great northern and kidney beans topped with a shredded cheddar blend and onions….

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…

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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…

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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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6 more Triangle food trucks go brick-and-mortar

  A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we revisit a trend that shows no signs of letting up: mobile vendors opening brick and mortar locations. American Meltdown 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham 919-473-6358 americanmeltdown.org How they roll: Inventive grilled cheese variations, from Pigs ’n’ Figs (local goat…

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The best 6 crêpes in the Triangle

  A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of that classic French contribution to the cheap eats repertoire: crêpes. Coffee & Crêpes 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary 919-233-0288 coffeeandcrepes.com Choose from a wide variety of sweet (bananas Foster, cinnamon bun) and savory (chicken…

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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…

Siobhan Southern, center, garnishes a dish in the kitchen at Fiction Kitchen on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, in Raleigh.

A dozen gluten-free dining spots in the Triangle!

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month we set out in search of cheap gluten-free (GF) eats Arepa Culture NC Food truck; check Twitter for location arepaculturenc.com Twitter: @arepaculturenc Arepas, Venezuelan- and Colombian-inspired cornmeal flatbreads with a variety of fillings, prepared in a gluten-free facility.   Bad…

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A dozen delicious donut shops in the Triangle

This month we go out in search of donuts and come back with – you guessed it – a dozen Baker’s Dozen Donuts Two Raleigh locations: 1307 Buck Jones Road and 6320-123 Capital Blvd. 919-377-1221 (Buck Jones Road); 919-803-0837 (Capital Boulevard) nando.com/3v3 Dunk this: apple fritter   Carolina Glazed Donuts 5400 S. Miami Blvd., Durham…

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6 of the Triangle’s top (hot) dogs

This month we sniff out some of the area’s top dogs   Bull City Burger & Brewery 107 E. Parrish St., Durham 919-680-2333 bullcityburgerandbrewery.com Relish this: Wieners made in house from pasture-raised North Carolina beef, served on a house-baked bun. Try one with triple-fermented sauerkraut.   Cloos’ Coney Island 2233-102 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh 919-834-3354…

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Mediterranean with a twist in the Triangle

This month, we set out in search of places that venture beyond the usual hummus-and-pita suspects to offer Mediterranean with a twist Argana 1246 NW Maynard Road, Cary 919-468-3073 arganacary.com The twist: Moroccan specialties, including bastilla, tagine, and an assortment of salads (try z’alouk, a lemon-brightened roasted eggplant salad with tomatoes, parsley and garlic). Cilantro…