The Whole Fried Fish varies according to the day's catch. but arrives fresh and moist beneath a crisp crosshatched skin, presented upright on the platter as if still swimming. Alongside the fish, an epicurean shoreline is bestrewn with cornmeal crepes, hot honey, mixed greens and grilled lemon halves to assemble your own tacos.

Standard Foods

Standard Foods reopened in October 2016 in downtown Raleigh with new executive chef Eric Montagne. He has lost no time in establishing himself as a rising culinary star in his own right. Originally published 5/25/2017 If Raleigh’s No. 1 restaurant news story in 2015 was the highly anticipated, much-delayed opening of Standard Foods, then last…

Chef Doug Robbins ventures all the way to China for five spice-rubbed smoked crispy char siu ribs, with a layover in Hawaii for the luau-inspired sauce that gives the ribs their sticky coating of caramelized sugar. at Cockadoodlemoo food truck.

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…

Fresh shrimp basil rolls, where carrot, cucumber and lettuce join the star ingredients in a pastel patchwork seen through supple, translucent wrappers, are served at Baan Thai in Apex.

Baan Thai

Baan Thai opened in Apex in 2015, the first restaurant for Kelly Chamnansuan. You’ll appreciate the fact that experience has taught her how to cater to a Western palate. By Greg Cox Originally published 4/6/2017 APEX Entering Baan Thai, you’re greeted by a smiling waiter and a compact, tidy dining room decorated in a style…

The Wagyu Short Rib is served alongside cornbread pudding, melted onion and hickory sauce at Crawford & Son in Raleigh.

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…

Ever wonder how a James Beard Award-winning chef can elevate a Southern classic? Find the answer in Ashley Christensen’s take on a fried chicken biscuit with pickled green tomato, dijon mustard and honey at Beasley’s Chicken + Honey in Raleigh.

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…

The Italian roast pork sandwich at Zeke's Meats is prepared with bone-in Boston butts, marinated in Italian seasonings and roasted low and slow over rosemary to a succulent turn. Sliced thin and piled onto a crusty Italian hoagie roll, the porky goodness gets topped with sharp provolone and sautéed broccoli rabe. Roasted Italian long hots are the crowning touch.

Food Truck Review : Zeke’s Meats

Zeke Firestein, a New York native, and his fiancée, Kat Dougan, own the Zeke’s Meats food truck. Roast pork, brisket and wings are worth the visit. By Greg Cox Review originally published 3/9/2017 Outside of Philadelphia, the Philly cheesesteak is pretty much universally considered to be that city’s iconic sandwich. But sandwich aficionados and in-the-know…

The Cubano sandwich (smoked pork, house-made pickles, Swiss cheese, ham, roasted red peppers and Dijon) from American Meltdown, which occupies a spot in the food court at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint mall.

Food Truck Review: American Meltdown

American Meltdown provides the ultimate comfort food – grilled cheese sandwiches. In addition to the food truck, American Meltdown occupies a spot in the food court at Durham’s Streets at Southpoint mall. By Greg Cox Review originally published 2/9/2017 Every month, within hours of my food truck review coming out, I can count on getting…

Smoked, grilled, and available with sauces ranging from BBQ to Orange Hoisin, these jumbo wings from Chow in Raleigh will get you out of your Buffalo rut.

A search for the best wings in the Triangle

Buffalo-style is just a point of departure for our flight plan, which takes us to destinations as far-flung as Korea. Apex Wings 518 E. Williams St., Apex 919-387-0082 facebook.com/Apexwings/ Like ‘em spicy? Try the Shearon Harris wings – if you dare. Note: You can also find Shearon Harris wings at the recently opened Springs Pizza…

The BBQ Shrimp is made up of Pamlico Sound shrimp, Durham hot sauce and garlic bread at The Durham Restaurant Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017.

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…

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6 more Triangle food trucks go brick-and-mortar

  A monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains. This month, we revisit a trend that shows no signs of letting up: mobile vendors opening brick and mortar locations. American Meltdown 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham 919-473-6358 americanmeltdown.org How they roll: Inventive grilled cheese variations, from Pigs ’n’ Figs (local goat…