Dining review: Vidrio’s dramatic setting leads to high expectations. The kitchen rises to meet them.

Vidrio on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh draws on cuisines from one end of the Mediterranean to the other for its inspiration. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/13/2017 RALEIGH Just outside the entrance to Vidrio, a curtain of water spills into a blue and white ceramic tile fountain. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean market square, the fountain…

Get ready to chill at these homemade ice cream shops

This month, we beat the summer heat with homemade (or locally made) ice cream By Greg Cox Originally published 6/22/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we beat the summer heat with homemade (or locally made) ice cream. Chuck & Buck Cones ’n’ Cups 4610-B Capital…

Dining review: At City Market Sushi, quality ingredients are stars of the show

City Market Sushi in downtown Raleigh features a menu that enthusiastically explores the potential of an evolving contemporary Japanese cuisine while remaining respectful of its traditional roots By Greg Cox Originally published 6/22/2017 The presentation that sits on the table before you might well be a display in an art gallery – a mixed-media composition,…

Dining review: You don’t need to search far for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza

Five worthy practitioners of the Neapolitan pizza craft have opened in the Triangle: Capp’s Pizzeria, Napoli, Pizzeria Faulisi, Pizza La Stella and Treforni By Greg Cox Originally published 6/15/17 Just a few years ago, searching for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in these parts was, you might say, a pie-in-the-sky proposition. There were New York-style joints by…

Food Truck Review: Adobo Joe’s rendition of Filipino dish shines

Every household in the Phillipines has a recipe for adobo, the country’s national dish, but it’s hard to imagine them outshining the dish from Adobo Joe food truck By Greg Cox Originally published 6/7/2017 Adobo Joe’s Facebook page tells the captivating story of its origins, beginning with owner Geronimo “Ron” Blancaflor as a 6-year-old boy…

Standard Foods

Standard Foods reopened in October 2016 in downtown Raleigh with new executive chef Eric Montagne. He has lost no time in establishing himself as a rising culinary star in his own right. Originally published 5/25/2017 If Raleigh’s No. 1 restaurant news story in 2015 was the highly anticipated, much-delayed opening of Standard Foods, then last…

Crawford & Son

Dining review: Crawford and Son allows chef to showcase talents in cozy neighborhood restaurant Chef Scott Crawford opened Crawford and Son in downtown Raleigh in November 2016. Now that he’s got his own place, he can focus on highlighting his culinary skills on an evolving seasonal menu. By Greg Cox Originally published 3/30/17 RALEIGH  Tell…

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…