M Kokko

By Greg Cox Originally published March 2, 2017. The details: 311-B Holland St., Durham, 919-908-9332, facebook.com/mkokkodurham Strictly speaking in terms of location, gems don’t get much more hidden than M Kokko. Open since last fall in downtown Durham, the restaurant’s entrance is on a side alley around the corner from its sibling establishment, M Sushi…

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…

Parkside

Parkside in downtown Raleigh takes over the formers Joe’s Place restaurant site and serves dishes inspired by pub and diner classics – occasionally giving them a contemporary spin. By Greg Cox Review originally published 2/16/2017 RALEIGH The neon RESTAURANT sign on the building at the corner of Dawson and Martin streets has been a downtown…

Virgil’s Original Taqueria

A creative approach at Virgil’s Original Taqueria By Greg Cox Review originally published 12/29/2016 Just inside the door, a – well, let’s call it a tapestry – of square artificial turf tiles spans the wall on the right. On the opposite wall, outlined in white on chalkboard-black, is the restaurant’s logo: a running chicken framed…