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 7/19/2017 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: At City Market Sushi, quality ingredients are stars of the show

City Market Sushi in downtown Raleigh features a menu that enthusiastically explores the potential of an evolving contemporary Japanese cuisine while remaining respectful of its traditional roots By Greg Cox Originally published 6/22/2017 The presentation that sits on the table before you might well be a display in an art gallery – a mixed-media composition,…

East Garden

On course for East Garden’s exotic Chinese menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 7/28/2016 Entering East Garden, you encounter a series of increasingly tantalizing – and ironically, given the restaurant’s name, at times disorienting – clues about the experience that awaits. For starters, the entrance is in the rear of the building as seen…

Tonali

Second visit to a local Mexican food standout By Greg Cox Review originally published 7/14/2016 From time to time, I pay return visits to restaurants I haven’t reviewed in a while. This time around, I drop in on a Mexican favorite to see how it’s holding up after a decade. Note: In December 2007, ratings changed…

Blue Stingray Seafood, Cilantro Indian Cafe, Makus Empanadas

Step up to the counter for seafood, empanadas, Indian food By Greg Cox Review originally published 5/6/2016 If fine dining establishments are the thoroughbreds of the restaurant world, then counter service eateries are the workhorses. As dependable as they are unassuming, the best of them thrive on delivering the goods quickly and cheaply. On rare…

Food truck: Cousins Maine Lobster

Food truck review: Cousins Maine Lobster always draws a crowd By Greg Cox Review originally published 2/12/16 Cousins Maine Lobster defies the typical food truck stereotype. It’s a franchise – a term that at first blush seems antithetical to the food truck ethic. But, as the long lines that form nearly everywhere the truck parks…