The best in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delis, the sequel

The Triangle is filled with tasty Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops. By Greg Cox Originally published 10/05/2017 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. Last month, we set out in search of Middle Eastern delis and kebab shops, and found find so many we only made it halfway…

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: Vidrio’s dramatic setting leads to high expectations. The kitchen rises to meet them.

Vidrio on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh draws on cuisines from one end of the Mediterranean to the other for its inspiration. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/13/2017 RALEIGH Just outside the entrance to Vidrio, a curtain of water spills into a blue and white ceramic tile fountain. Reminiscent of a Mediterranean market square, the fountain…

Food Truck Review: Soomsoom Pita Pockets – both meat and vegetarian – packed with flavor

Soomsoom Pita Pockets has meat and meatless options on its food truck. You’ll find succulent options in the soft pillows of pita By Greg Cox Originally published 4/13/2017. As I walked up to the Soomsoom Pita Pockets truck to place our order, I had the most virtuous of intentions. Really, I did. My wife had…

Fresh Levant Bistro

A gluten-free Mediterranean menu at Fresh Levant Bistro By Greg Cox Review originally published 5/20/2016 When Anita Khalek came to the States from Cyprus in 1990, she brought with her fond memories of the foods of her childhood – especially Lebanon, where she was born and lived until she was 5, and where she remembers…

Mediterranean with a twist in the Triangle

This month, we set out in search of places that venture beyond the usual hummus-and-pita suspects to offer Mediterranean with a twist Argana 1246 NW Maynard Road, Cary 919-468-3073 arganacary.com The twist: Moroccan specialties, including bastilla, tagine, and an assortment of salads (try z’alouk, a lemon-brightened roasted eggplant salad with tomatoes, parsley and garlic). Cilantro…

Sitti

Sitti: Good enough to make Grandma smile Original review published 4/3/2009 By Greg Cox   When Greg Hatem and the Saleh family announced that they were teaming up to open a Lebanese restaurant, you just knew it was going to be something special. Hatem’s reputation as a restaurateur, after all, is surpassed only by his…

Cheap Eats: A world tour of ethnic eats in the Triangle

By Greg Cox Originally published May 2015 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we embark on a world tour in search of kebabs, satés and other flame-grilled morsels. Asian Bistro 1318 S. Main St., Wake Forest 919-435-8880 asianbistronc.com Try: Thai chicken saté Bosphorus 329-A N. Harrison…

Pita Bon opens in Cary

Originally published 5/21/2015 By Greg Cox Sam Zein, globetrotting veteran of more than 25 years in the restaurant business, has opened Pita Bon in Cary’s Kildaire Plaza shopping center. Zein comes from a family of restaurateurs, and has helped to open and run restaurants from Dubai to New York. No stranger to the Triangle dining…

Cheap Eats: A look at home-grown restaurant chains

By Greg Cox Originally published February 2015 A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month’s edition shines the spotlight on home-grown restaurant chains. Unless otherwise noted, the location given is the original. (Originally published 2/20/2015) Brigs 8111 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh 919-870-0994 brigs.com In a nutshell: Hearty breakfast specialist…