Cheap Eats: Comfort food for chilly months

Mark Caprise, an assistant chef at Georgina's Pizzeria and Restuarant in Morrisville preps a plate of eggplant parmesan. Samples will be for sale at Saturday's East Meet West Food Festival in Morrisville. The festival celebrates the diversity of the town, which is about 27 percent Asian.

Mark Caprise, an assistant chef at Georgina’s Pizzeria and Restuarant in Morrisville preps a plate of eggplant parmesan. Samples will be for sale at Saturday’s East Meet West Food Festival in Morrisville. The festival celebrates the diversity of the town, which is about 27 percent Asian.

Cheap Eats: Comfort food for chilly months

By Greg Cox
Originally published 10/30/2015
A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we stoke our furnaces with comfort food and other rib-sticking fare to fuel us through the coming chilly months.

Doherty’s

1979 High House Road, Cary; 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex

919-388-9930 (Cary); 919-387-4100 (Apex)

dohertysirishpubnc.com

Keep warm with: brisket nachos, shepherd’s pie; and for Sunday brunch, traditional Irish breakfast.

El Cuscatleco

1383 SE Maynard Road, Cary; 4212 Garrett Road, Durham

919-650-2706 (Cary); 919-401-5245 (Durham)

elcuscatleco.com

Keep warm with: Bandeja Salvadoreña combo plate – carne asada Salvadoran style, pupusa, fried egg, chicharrones and a small salad.

Georgina’s Pizzeria

3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville

919-388-3820

georginaspizzeria.com

Keep warm with: homemade meat lasagna, calzone, pepperoni and salami stromboli.

Hometown Cafe

3370 US Hwy. 1, Franklinton

919-494-1500

hometowncafeus1.com

Keep warm with: chicken and dumplings on Tuesdays; the rest of the week, fried chicken or chicken livers; all served with choice of two sides (hint: homemade banana pudding counts as a side).

Oak City Meatball Shoppe

180 E. Davie St., Raleigh

919-714-9014

oakcitymeatball.com

Keep warm with: meatballs (traditional beef, spicy pork, chicken, veggie or ball of the day) with choice of several sauces and cheese toppings – on a hoagie, bun or slider, or served over your choice of pasta or veggie side. [Note: Review of Oak City Meatball Shoppe from 1/8/2015]

(Shoppe Bar & Meatball Kitchen, a sister restaurant opened recently in Carrboro, offers the same menu.)

The Players’ Retreat

105 Oberlin Road, Raleigh

919-755-9589

playersretreat.net

Keep warm with: Mimi’s sausage dip and chips; cheese fries (even better topped with homemade chili).

Relish Cafe & Bar

5625 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh

919-787-1855

relishraleigh.com

Keep warm with: mac-and-cheese skillet (seven variations, from classic to Southern with pimento cheese and bacon).

Taipei 101

121-A E. Chatham St., Cary

919-388-5885

carytaipei101.com

Keep warm with: Taiwanese hot pot (beef, lamb or tofu).