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 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…


Alberello offers gastronomic joy ride of Italian food By Greg Cox Review originally published 1/19/17 More often than not, when you pull up in front of Alberello, a counter service eatery/gourmet mini-market that opened last September in the spanking new Veranda complex south of Chapel Hill, you’ll find a small three-wheeled delivery truck parked out…

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 Sweet Soy Glazed Pork Belly and Chinese Spinach Bun from the Chirba Chirba Dumpling food truck.

Food Truck: Chirba Chirba

Chirba Chirba will make you want to ‘Eat! Eat!’ By Greg Cox Review originally ran 11/10/2016 Chirba Chirba has gone through some pretty major changes since the jaunty yellow food truck with the Buddha-like laughing Chinese dumpling logo first hit the road five years ago. The original four owners, who had become friends while at…


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 Choose from a wide variety of sweet (bananas Foster, cinnamon bun) and savory (chicken…

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 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…