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…

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…

Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delis abound. Here are some of the best.

Some of the best Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fast-casual eateries in the Triangle. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/31/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we set out in search of Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops. We find so many, we only make it halfway…

Dining review: Durham’s Bua Thai Cuisine serves a treasure trove of culinary surprises

Bua Thai Cuisine is in Durham’s Sutton Square. The pad thai is the best in town. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/24/2017 DURHAM The tom yum dumplings at Bua Thai Cuisine are a work of modern art, each one a plump, puckered pillow of pristine white, nestling in a sleek black ceramic spoon. Painstakingly placed…

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…

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…

Get ready to chill at these homemade ice cream shops

This month, we beat the summer heat with homemade (or locally made) ice cream By Greg Cox Originally published 6/22/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we beat the summer heat with homemade (or locally made) ice cream. Chuck & Buck Cones ’n’ Cups 4610-B Capital…

Dining review: You don’t need to search far for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza

Five worthy practitioners of the Neapolitan pizza craft have opened in the Triangle: Capp’s Pizzeria, Napoli, Pizzeria Faulisi, Pizza La Stella and Treforni By Greg Cox Originally published 6/15/17 Just a few years ago, searching for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza in these parts was, you might say, a pie-in-the-sky proposition. There were New York-style joints by…

Viceroy

Viceroy is a joint venture between the owners of the popular Bull McCabe’s pub just down the street and the owners of the Tan-Durm food truck. It’s a mashup of their respective specialties: British and Indian cuisines. By Greg Cox Originally published 4/20/2017 Entering Viceroy, your eyes adjust to the soft, warm light of Edison…

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…