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…

Biryani Maxx

Biryani Maxx By Greg Cox Originally published March 2, 2017. The details: 590-102 E. Chatham St., Cary, 919-377-0346, biryanimaxx.com Nestled among a cluster of unassuming strip malls near the intersection of East Chatham Street and Maynard Road, Biryani Maxx is one of nearly three dozen restaurants whose globe-spanning diversity are earning the area the nickname…

Top 6 bowls of chili in the Triangle

Our monthly roundup of ethnic eats, counter service chow and other tasty bargains features chili, just in time for National Chili Day. The Blue Note Grill 709 Washington St., Durham 919-401-1979 thebluenotegrill.com What to try: Andrea’s Famous Chili: lean cubed beef, pintos, great northern and kidney beans topped with a shredded cheddar blend and onions….

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…

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…