Food Truck Review: Spanglish is true to truck’s motto: Puerto Rican food with Southern charm

Spanglish food truck serves Puerto Rican food, empanadas and Cubano sandwiches among a broad menu. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/17/2017 On the side of the Spanglish food truck, printed against a background of whimsical drawings of fruits, vegetables and barnyard animals, is the truck’s motto: “Puerto Rican food with Southern Charm.” A few weeks…

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…

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…

Dining review: Szechuan Heat brings fiery Asian cuisine, if you want to dial up heat

Szechuan Heat is in Cary’s Parkside Town Commons and offers authentic Szechuan cuisines along with other classic Chinese and Asian dishes. By Greg Cox Originally published 8/3/2017 CARY As you enter Szechuan Heat, the first thing that catches your eye – trust me, you won’t miss it – is the column in the middle of…

Dining review: The District’s eclectic comfort food will have diners feeling like regulars

The District, in the former spot of The Borough in downtown Raleigh, has a menu that’s Asian-inspired with a Southern influence. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/27/2017 RALEIGH If you haven’t been living under a rock for the past few years, you can’t have helped but notice that tater tots have become something of a…

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…

Food Truck Review: With gourmet chef credentials, Fetch Hot Dog Co. serves up a playful twist on traditional dog

Fetch Hot Dog Co. food truck offers eclectic hot dogs made from quality ingredients. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/13/2017 Joel Bohlin grew up in Chicago, where the definitive hot dog comes topped with a dill pickle spear, tomato wedges, a shockingly bright-green sweet pickle relish, chopped onions, sport peppers, yellow mustard and a sprinkle…

Food Truck Review: CockaDoodleMoo serves global journey of barbecue and sandwiches

CockaDoodleMoo, a food truck that hit the road in 2014, features flavorful sandwiches, smoked meat and addictive macaroni and cheese. By Greg Cox Originally published 5/10/2017. With apologies to Edgar Allan Poe: Once upon an evening early, while I pondered – hungry, surly, Prospects of a liquid meal of Trophy’s hoppy local brew – As…

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…

Crawford & Son

Dining review: Crawford and Son allows chef to showcase talents in cozy neighborhood restaurant Chef Scott Crawford opened Crawford and Son in downtown Raleigh in November 2016. Now that he’s got his own place, he can focus on highlighting his culinary skills on an evolving seasonal menu. By Greg Cox Originally published 3/30/17 RALEIGH  Tell…

Seek enlightenment, Southern style with these 8 biscuits that will blow your mind

A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we seek enlightenment, Southern style – otherwise known as bliss on a biscuit. Beasley’s Chicken + Honey 237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh 919-322-0127 beasleys-raleigh.com Bliss on a biscuit: Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern…