2016 Best in the Triangle and Restaurant of the Year

The best restaurants in the Triangle for 2016 All three of the Triangle’s James Beard Best Chef winners embarked on new ventures in 2015. Ashley Christensen has the Restaurant of the Year with her casual and cosmopolitan Death & Taxes. Other noteworthy new restaurants came from Scott Howell in Durham and Scott Crawford in Raleigh. By Greg…

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…

A dozen gluten-free dining spots in the Triangle!

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month we set out in search of cheap gluten-free (GF) eats Arepa Culture NC Food truck; check Twitter for location arepaculturenc.com Twitter: @arepaculturenc Arepas, Venezuelan- and Colombian-inspired cornmeal flatbreads with a variety of fillings, prepared in a gluten-free facility.   Bad…

6 of the Triangle’s top (hot) dogs

This month we sniff out some of the area’s top dogs   Bull City Burger & Brewery 107 E. Parrish St., Durham 919-680-2333 bullcityburgerandbrewery.com Relish this: Wieners made in house from pasture-raised North Carolina beef, served on a house-baked bun. Try one with triple-fermented sauerkraut.   Cloos’ Coney Island 2233-102 Avent Ferry Road, Raleigh 919-834-3354…

Siena Hotel’s Il Palio

Siena Hotel’s Il Palio upgrades to 4.5 stars By Greg Cox Review originally published 11/27/2015 From time to time, I return to restaurants I haven’t reviewed in a while. This time around, I go for seconds at a landmark hotel restaurant in Chapel Hill, which has recently undergone extensive renovations. Note: In December 2007, ratings…

Crossroads Chapel Hill

Carolina Inn’s restaurant loses a half star By Greg Cox Review originally published 11/27/2015 From time to time, I return to restaurants I haven’t reviewed in a while. This time around, I go for seconds at a landmark hotel restaurant in Chapel Hill, which has recently undergone extensive renovations. Note: In December 2007, ratings changed from…

One

(Note: One closed on April 2, 2016) New, improved One deserves 5 stars Review originally published 11/8/2013 By Greg Cox This summer, One’s owners closed the Chapel Hill restaurant temporarily for a reboot. It was barely three years since the place had opened with a big-budget decor, so changes to the dining room amounted to…

Cheap Eats: Breakfast newcomers

Originally published 3/26/2015 By Greg Cox In this monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains, we check out newcomers to the rapidly growing list of breakfast options. The Egg and I 1101 Environ Way, Chapel Hill 919-537-8488 theeggandirestaurants.com Try: Parisian Benedict: smoked ham, sautéed portobellos, and melted Swiss on a…