The Whole Fried Fish varies according to the day's catch. but arrives fresh and moist beneath a crisp crosshatched skin, presented upright on the platter as if still swimming. Alongside the fish, an epicurean shoreline is bestrewn with cornmeal crepes, hot honey, mixed greens and grilled lemon halves to assemble your own tacos.

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…

Chef Doug Robbins ventures all the way to China for five spice-rubbed smoked crispy char siu ribs, with a layover in Hawaii for the luau-inspired sauce that gives the ribs their sticky coating of caramelized sugar. at Cockadoodlemoo food truck.

Food Truck Review: CockaDoodleMoo serves global journey of barbecue and sandwiches

CockaDoodleMoo, a food truck that hit the road in 2014, features flavorful sandwiches, smoked meat and addictive macaroni and cheese. By Greg Cox Originally published 5/10/2017. With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe: Once upon an evening early, while I pondered – hungry, surly, Prospects of a liquid meal of Trophy’s hoppy local brew – As…

Fresh shrimp basil rolls, where carrot, cucumber and lettuce join the star ingredients in a pastel patchwork seen through supple, translucent wrappers, are served at Baan Thai in Apex.

Baan Thai

Baan Thai opened in Apex in 2015, the first restaurant for Kelly Chamnansuan. You’ll appreciate the fact that experience has taught her how to cater to a Western palate. By Greg Cox Originally published 4/6/2017 APEX Entering Baan Thai, you’re greeted by a smiling waiter and a compact, tidy dining room decorated in a style…

The Wagyu Short Rib is served alongside cornbread pudding, melted onion and hickory sauce at Crawford & Son in Raleigh.

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…

The “boiled series fish” is a sort of hot pot that’s considerably more palatable than its English name suggests at Szechuan Taste in Cary.

Szechuan Taste

The restaurant, open since last August in Cary’s Wellington Park shopping center, is an inviting spot with a contemporary Asian decor. You will encounter a veritable glossary of enigmatic names for dishes. By Greg Cox Review originally published 3/12/2017 If you’re a frequent patron of authentic Chinese restaurants, you’ve no doubt come across dishes whose…

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 thebluenotegrill.com 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…

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…