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…

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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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Peng’s Asian Cuisine

Peng’s Asian Cuisine offers extensive traditional menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 9/15/2016 First thing every morning, the chef at Peng’s Asian Cuisine toasts a batch of peanuts. It’s a humble task for a chef whose 30 years of experience includes a stint as head chef at the venerable Crystal Palace on Capital Boulevard before…

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…

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…

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Dharani

Dining review: Dharani offers Southern Indian adventure at every turn By Greg Cox Review originally published 6/23/2016 After more than two decades of reviewing restaurants (nearly 60 of them Indian), it isn’t often that I come across a dish I’ve never encountered before. Dharani, a Southern Indian restaurant that launched in late January in Morrisville,…

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,…