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 published 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…

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 7/28/2017 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…

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: 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 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 sets…

Viceroy

Viceroy is a joint venture between the owners of the popular Bull McCabe’s pub just down the street and the owners of the Tan-Durm food truck. It’s a mashup of their respective specialties: British and Indian cuisines. By Greg Cox Originally published 4/20/2017 Entering Viceroy, your eyes adjust to the soft, warm light of Edison…

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…

8 best Triangle “meals in a bowl”

In search of noodle soups and meal-in-a-bowl adventures     Captain Poncho’s Tacos 706 Market St., Chapel Hill 919-697-2237 captainponchos.com Rib-sticking rendition of posole, a spicy Mexican pork and hominy soup.   El Chapin 4600-38 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham 919-908-7975 el-chapin.com Caldo de res, a hearty Guatemalan beef soup chockablock with fresh vegetables.   El…

Vegan Flava

Vegan Flava for healthy eaters By Greg Cox Review originally published 8/18/2016 Are you a vegan? Into the raw foods lifestyle? Then you know how severely limited your options are at area restaurants, and will welcome this newcomer to the local dining scene. Vegan Flava Cafe 4125 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham 919-960-1832 veganflavacafe.com Entering Vegan Flava…

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…

Cheap Eats: Vegetarian and vegan options

Cheap Eats: Spots with healthy vegetarian and vegan fare Originally published on 1/22/2016 By Greg Cox   This month’s roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains, spotlights a tempting selection of vegetarian and vegan fare.   B. Good 201-100 Park at North Hills St., Raleigh 919-916-5410 bgood.com Try: Kale and quinoa bowls (I…

The Fiction Kitchen

  This vegetarian menu has broad appeal Original review published 8/9/2013 By Greg Cox Before opening The Fiction Kitchen in January in downtown Raleigh,  Caroline Morrison and Siobhan Southern thoroughly tested the waters. Wisely so. It was their first restaurant,  after all,  and they planned to offer an exclusively vegetarian,  mostly vegan menu in a…