The 11 best breakfast and brunch spots that go beyond the omelette

The best breakfast and brunch restaurants in the Triangle that serve more than just eggs and pancakes (not that anything is wrong with that). By Greg Cox Correspondent A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we roll out of bed and set out in search of breakfast….

Dining review: The Lakewood’s inventive menu shows Lawless’ culinary chops. But definitely save room for dessert.

Chef Phoebe Lawless, owner of Durham’s Scratch Bakery, opened The Lakewood in Durham in May 2017. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/12/17 DURHAM Even the most ardent fans of chef Phoebe Lawless – owner of Durham’s Scratch Bakery – might not be aware that she has been cooking professionally for more than 20 years. She…

Review: CrossTies Barbecue, housed in railroad cars, takes diners on a hickory-smoked trip

CrossTies Barbecue in Carrboro, NC, is housed in vintage railroad cars and serves pulled pork, brisket, ribs, chicken and other barbecue favorites. By Greg Cox Originally 8/10/2017 CARRBORO “All aboard!” As you’re being seated in one of the two refurbished vintage railroad cars – decorated in a suitably nostalgic style with brass chandeliers, art deco…

Food Truck Review: With gourmet chef credentials, Fetch Hot Dog Co. serves up a playful twist on traditional dog

Fetch Hot Dog Co. food truck offers eclectic hot dogs made from quality ingredients. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/13/2017 Joel Bohlin grew up in Chicago, where the definitive hot dog comes topped with a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, a shockingly bright-green sweet pickle relish, chopped onions, sport peppers, yellow mustard and a sprinkle…

Dining review: Alley Twenty Six’s restaurant addition creates balanced blend of food, cocktails

Alley Twenty Six in Durham expanded into the neighboring space to add a restaurant to his bar. Owner Shannon Healy and chef Carrie Schleiffer have created the perfect balance By Greg Cox Originally published 6/29/2017 DURHAM There’s no telling how many cocktails Shannon Healy has made over the past two decades. Healy, the longtime head…

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…

Seek enlightenment, Southern style with these 8 biscuits that will blow your mind

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we seek enlightenment, Southern style – otherwise known as bliss on a biscuit. Beasley’s Chicken + Honey 237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 919-322-0127 beasleys-raleigh.com Bliss on a biscuit: Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern…

Food Truck Review : Zeke’s Meats

Zeke Firestein, a New York native, and his fiancée, Kat Dougan, own the Zeke’s Meats food truck. Roast pork, brisket and wings are worth the visit. By Greg Cox Review originally published 3/9/2017 Outside of Philadelphia, the Philly cheesesteak is pretty much universally considered to be that city’s iconic sandwich. But sandwich aficionados and in-the-know…

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…

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….