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: Dig deep at Mekong, and you’ll find surprises among the Vietnamese classics

Mekong in Morrisville serves traditional Vietnamese fare but with some special additions. It’s hard to go wrong, whether you crave the comfort of the familiar or are looking to shake things up a bit. By Greg Cox Originally published 6/1/2017 MORRISVILLE  The first time you visit Mekong, you might get the impression that you’ve just…

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…

M Kokko

By Greg Cox Originally published March 2, 2017. The details: 311-B Holland St., Durham, 919-908-9332, facebook.com/mkokkodurham Strictly speaking in terms of location, gems don’t get much more hidden than M Kokko. Open since last fall in downtown Durham, the restaurant’s entrance is on a side alley around the corner from its sibling establishment, M Sushi…

8 best Triangle “meals in a bowl”

In search of noodle soups and meal-in-a-bowl adventures     Captain Poncho’s Tacos 706 Market St., Chapel Hill 919-697-2237 captainponchos.com Rib-sticking rendition of posole, a spicy Mexican pork and hominy soup.   El Chapin 4600-38 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham 919-908-7975 el-chapin.com Caldo de res, a hearty Guatemalan beef soup chockablock with fresh vegetables.   El…

Thai Spoon

Thai Spoon takes poetic license with the classics By Greg Cox Review originally published 10/13/2016 If you’re a serious fan of Thai cuisine, you’re probably familiar with larb gai. A salad of minced chicken tossed in fish sauce, lime, chiles and toasted ground sticky rice, it’s traditionally served with lettuce – which in authentic renditions…

Peng’s Asian Cuisine

Peng’s Asian Cuisine offers extensive traditional menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 9/15/2016 First thing every morning, the chef at Peng’s Asian Cuisine toasts a batch of peanuts. It’s a humble task for a chef whose 30 years of experience includes a stint as head chef at the venerable Crystal Palace on Capital Boulevard before…