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…

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…

We try 10 of the best salad shops in the Triangle

Fast-casual salad shops abound in Raleigh, Durham and beyond. We seek out some of our favorites. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/27/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we find relief from the summer heat in the cool green crunch of entree salads. b. good Multiple…

Dining review: Poké bowls abound. See what the fuss is about.

One Fish Two Fish in Carrboro and ZenFish in Durham offer their takes on poké, the popular Hawaiian trend. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/20/2017 Remember when people used to joke about sushi, calling it bait? Because, you know, raw fish isn’t fit for human consumption? Well, who’s laughing now? In just the past couple…

2017 Best in the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year

The best restaurants in the Triangle for 2017 By Greg Cox Originally published 1/25/2017 Every year, as I look back over the previous 12 months of restaurant comings and goings in the process of putting together my annual Best Restaurants list, one or two noteworthy trends invariably stand out. These naturally have varied from year…

The best 6 crêpes in the Triangle

  A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of that classic French contribution to the cheap eats repertoire: crêpes. Coffee & Crêpes 315 Crossroads Blvd., Cary 919-233-0288 coffeeandcrepes.com Choose from a wide variety of sweet (bananas Foster, cinnamon bun) and savory (chicken…

Oak City Meatball Shoppe

Oak City Meatball Shoppe keeps its eye on the ball By Greg Cox Review originally published 1/8/2015 Far too many restaurant menus are guided by what I call the “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” school of thought. In a misguided attempt to appeal to the widest possible audience, they offer an extensive…

Cheap Eats: Comfort food for chilly months

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…

Former Magnolia Grill owners opening Carrboro pizzeria

Former Magnolia Grill owners opening Carrboro pizzeria By Andrea Weigl Originally published 9/15/2015 Ben and Karen Barker, the James Beard-award-winning chefs and former owners of Durham’s Magnolia Grill, are opening a pizzeria with their son Gabe in Carrboro. The Barkers hope to open Pizzeria Mercato by the end of the year. It sounds like the…

Cheap Eats: Beat the late summer heat with wraps and salads

  Originally published 8/28/2015 By Greg Cox A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter-service chow and other tasty bargains. In this month’s edition, we beat the late summer heat with entree salads and wraps.   B. Good 201-100 Park at North Hills St., Raleigh. 919-916-5410 bgood.com   Cafe Symmetry 200 N. Greensboro St., in Carr…

Cafe Symmetry opens in Carrboro

Originally published 7/29/2015 By Greg Cox Cindy McMahan, a founding partner in Elmo’s Diner in Carr Mill Mall, has teamed up with a group of managers from that restaurant to open Cafe Symmetry in the same shopping center. The new restaurant offers a seasonally evolving menu with a focus on healthy locavore fare, served cafeteria-style….