The best bars to find the perfect cocktails

These are some of the best places to drink craft cocktails. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/7/2017 We should have seen it coming. In hindsight, this Golden Age of cocktails that we’re enjoying was the inevitable next step in the modern resurgence of bar culture. First came wine bars, whose extensive by-the-glass offerings made exploring…

The 10 best cocktails at Triangle restaurants

Here are some of the best cocktails found at restaurants in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/7/2017 Let’s all raise a glass to the cocktail, which has been making a remarkable comeback. After decades of languishing in the purgatory of fluorescent green appletinis and frozen margaritas, the mixed drink…

Dining review: Brewery Bhavana pushes the envelope, yet completely makes sense upon arrival

Brewery Bhavana, from the owners of Bida Manda, brings to Raleigh a dim sum restaurant, brewery, flower shop and bookstore. It is one of Bon Appetit’s 10 best new restaurants in the country. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/17/2017 RALEIGH When Vansana and Vanvisa Nolintha opened Bida Manda five years ago, they didn’t just give…

Dining review: Paolo’s on 54 revamps longtime Italian restaurant, but keeps the classics

Chef Paul Zoccola renamed Morrisville restaurant Lubrano’s and has added a modern twist to the menu, in addition to keeping traditional Italian dishes. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/6/2017 MORRISVILLE For more than a decade after chef Paul Zoccola bought out founding partner Benny Lubrano, Zoccola was happy to continue operating the restaurant – Lubrano’s…

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…

Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen turns out ambitiously inventive menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 12/01/2016 Stenciled on the front wall of the former garage that has been home to Whiskey Kitchen since the restaurant opened in August, in big block letters next to a glass-paneled garage door that now opens onto a patio, is the restaurant’s…

Brier Creek Beer Garden

Brier Creek Beer Garden puts a spin on classic pub food By Greg Cox Review originally published 10/20/2016 Over the past two decades, Payman Bazooband has established himself as a market-savvy restaurateur with an eye for the unusual. He was an original partner (though he’s no longer involved) in Crazy Fire Mongolian Grill, and is…

The Durham

At The Durham, Andrea Reusing serves up a perfect game By Greg Cox Review originally published 4/15/16 As I’m sipping coffee at the end of my third visit to The Durham, I realize that I’ve just experienced the culinary equivalent of a perfect game in baseball. The “pitcher” in this case is Andrea Reusing, James…