Food Truck Review: Smoky aroma will lure you to Daddy Bob’s Barbeque. Fresh barbecue will keep you there.

Daddy Bob’s Barbeque food truck serves pork barbecue that’s a hybrid of Eastern and Western North Carolina styles. By Greg Cox Originally published 9/14/2017 You can’t miss Daddy Bob’s Barbeque, even when it’s parked among several dozen other food trucks at a rodeo. You don’t even have to use your eyes to locate the fire…

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: 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…

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…

Whiskey Kitchen

Whiskey Kitchen turns out ambitiously inventive menu By Greg Cox Review originally published 12/01/2016 Stenciled on the front wall of the former garage that has been home to Whiskey Kitchen since the restaurant opened in August, in big block letters next to a glass-paneled garage door that now opens onto a patio, is the restaurant’s…

Picnic

  Durham’s Picnic has great barbecue, but you can’t skip the fried chicken By Greg Cox Review originally published 9/8/16 We’re seated at a picnic table, dining al fresco. The spread – deviled eggs, fried chicken, potato salad – looks like it might have been just unpacked from a picnic basket. There’s pork barbecue, too,…

Provenance

  An open letter to a rising star chef By Greg Cox Review originally published 6/2/2016 Dear Teddy Klopf, Let me guess: The first thing you looked at, before reading these words, was the star rating. No doubt you’re disappointed. That’s understandable, especially for a chef with your culinary chops: Culinary Institute of America graduate,…

Crossroads Chapel Hill

Carolina Inn’s restaurant loses a half star By Greg Cox Review originally published 11/27/2015 From time to time, I return to restaurants I haven’t reviewed in a while. This time around, I go for seconds at a landmark hotel restaurant in Chapel Hill, which has recently undergone extensive renovations. Note: In December 2007, ratings changed from…