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…

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: Paolo’s on 54 revamps longtime Italian restaurant, but keeps the classics

Chef Paul Zoccola renamed Morrisville restaurant Lubrano’s and has added a modern twist to the menu, in addition to keeping traditional Italian dishes. By Greg Cox Originally published 7/6/2017 MORRISVILLE For more than a decade after chef Paul Zoccola bought out founding partner Benny Lubrano, Zoccola was happy to continue operating the restaurant – Lubrano’s…

Dining review: Dig deep at Mekong, and you’ll find surprises among the Vietnamese classics

Mekong in Morrisville serves traditional Vietnamese fare but with some special additions. It’s hard to go wrong, whether you crave the comfort of the familiar or are looking to shake things up a bit. By Greg Cox Originally published 6/1/2017 MORRISVILLE  The first time you visit Mekong, you might get the impression that you’ve just…

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…

Peng’s Asian Cuisine

Peng’s Asian Cuisine offers extensive traditional menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 9/15/2016 First thing every morning, the chef at Peng’s Asian Cuisine toasts a batch of peanuts. It’s a humble task for a chef whose 30 years of experience includes a stint as head chef at the venerable Crystal Palace on Capital Boulevard before…

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…

Dharani

Dining review: Dharani offers Southern Indian adventure at every turn By Greg Cox Review originally published 6/23/2016 After more than two decades of reviewing restaurants (nearly 60 of them Indian), it isn’t often that I come across a dish I’ve never encountered before. Dharani, a Southern Indian restaurant that launched in late January in Morrisville,…

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…