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.
1979 High House Road, Cary; 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex
919-388-9930 (Cary); 919-387-4100 (Apex)
Keep warm with: brisket nachos, shepherd’s pie; and for Sunday brunch, traditional Irish breakfast.
1383 SE Maynard Road, Cary; 4212 Garrett Road, Durham
919-650-2706 (Cary); 919-401-5245 (Durham)
Keep warm with: Bandeja Salvadoreña combo plate – carne asada Salvadoran style, pupusa, fried egg, chicharrones and a small salad.
3536 Davis Drive, Morrisville
Keep warm with: homemade meat lasagna, calzone, pepperoni and salami stromboli.
3370 US Hwy. 1, Franklinton
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
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
Keep warm with: Mimi’s sausage dip and chips; cheese fries (even better topped with homemade chili).
Relish Cafe & Bar
5625 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh
Keep warm with: mac-and-cheese skillet (seven variations, from classic to Southern with pimento cheese and bacon).
121-A E. Chatham St., Cary
Keep warm with: Taiwanese hot pot (beef, lamb or tofu).