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 What to try: Andrea’s Famous Chili: lean cubed beef, pintos, great northern and kidney beans topped with a shredded cheddar blend and onions….

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…

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…

The Ciao Down Muffuletta from Bona Fide Sandwich Co. in Hillsborough served with a side of pickled strawberries and a Pink Peppercorn Cooler with lime.

Sandwich shops: Linus & Peppers, Bona Fide, Person Street Pharmacy

A Triangle-wide search for the transcendental sandwich By Greg Cox Review originally published 6/9/2016 It’s hard to beat the trusty sandwich for quick sustenance, but let’s face it: The sandwich that rises to the level of a memorable meal is rare indeed. It could be the locally baked artisanal bread that makes it special, or the house-cured…

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…

Bulkogi's signature Korean BBQ burritos and tacos pair a meat of your choice with Southwestern-inspired toppings.

Food Truck Review: Bulkogi

Korean BBQ truck Bulkogi hits the sweet spot By Greg Cox Original review published 4/8/2016 When Bulkogi first hit the road in 2009, it was one of a mere handful of food trucks in the Triangle. Since then, the number of mobile vendors has grown exponentially. Meanwhile, Bulkogi has gone through a complete life cycle,…

People line up at the Cousins Maine Lobster truck as Durham holds a Labor Day Food Truck Rodeo on Sept. 6, 2015.

Cheap Eats: In pursuit of Triangle area food trucks

  Cheap Eats: In pursuit of Triangle area food trucks By Greg Cox Originally published 9/25/2015 For this month’s roundup, we hit the road in pursuit of food trucks. You can track their current location on their website or on Twitter. For a wider sampling, check out the upcoming food truck rodeos in Cary (October 4;…


2015 Best in the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year

Read our 2016 Best in the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year story.   2015 Best of the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year Originally published 1/29/2015 By Greg Cox Every year, as I’m rereading old reviews and previous editions of my annual Best Restaurants roundup in preparation for this year’s list, it feels like…


Hillsborough BBQ Company

Original review published 10/28/2011 By Greg Cox Hillsborough BBQ Company’s location,  in a small commercial strip several blocks off the town’s main drag,  is hardly what you’d call prime. But for barbecue aficionados,  who know that some of the best barbecue is found off the beaten path,  that’s the first good sign. The next is…