Greg Cox's Top-25 in the Triangle [NC]
- rossgrady Jan 12, 2007 02:00 PM
Let the nit-picking begin!
He also named Bonne Soiree Restaurant of the Year.
I don't eat in Raleigh/Cary enough to be able to pick nits about a big chunk of his list, but I'm a little surprised to see Tacqueria Mi Pueblo make the only tacqueria appearance. It was The Bomb back when it opened in the mid-90s, but I haven't been by there in ages; given the lack of reference to it here on Chowhound, I'd kind of assumed it had disappeared long ago. Should I go check it out?
And what does it mean that seafood is represented by Fins (natch), Waraji (sure), and then not one but *two* fried-fish joints? (and I'll tell you, I liked Kemps when it opened, but when they switched to table service & the prices & time-to-eat shot through the roof, it lost a lot of its charm)
My initial quibble is with the categories he used. Maybe it's just me, but I don't find "wild cards" and "local flavor" to be helpful categories -- and if you are going to use the category "fine dining", how is it that Lantern and Magnolia Grill are not part of it?
I think a better taxonomy might have been simply by cost (say an overall category and a budget category). I just can't get my head around Magnolia Grill and Big Ed's squaring off in the same ring . . .
"Pelted with dim sum for leaving Jujube off..."? LOL I couldn't have said it better myself! Pass the shu mei!
But seriously, if you want to eat well in the Triangle, do not let Greg Cox be your guide. I don't think his intended is us 'hounds. Its for the general public. I read his column weekly, though I take it with a grain of salt. I think he's writing as much for the crowd that sees Olive Garden as an acceptable choice for dinner as those who a dinner at Olive Garden as a form of punishment.
re: Tom from Raleigh
While that may be true, there's nevertheless a fair amount of overlap between his list(s) and a set of names that gets batted around here a good bit. And not just the obvious high-end stuff; he's been saying good things about Red Palace for a while now.
I don't always remember to read his Friday reviews, and when I do read them, I don't always get a lot out of them, but that's partly because by the time he reviews something, I've probably already heard a fair amount about it either here or elsewhere.
His Wednesday Epicurean short-bits column, on the other hand, is a pretty valuable tool. It's the first (scratch that, ONLY) place I heard about Mawa Royal African Cuisine in Raleigh. (And what's up with that, y'all? If anyplace in Raleigh is a Chowhound kind of place, I'd say a half-Vietnamese, half-Senegalese restaurant in the ground floor of a mid-rise office building would be that place. The meat patties are To Die For.)
re: Tom from Raleigh
Now I had assumed from reading his columns that, if nothing else, Cox lurked on this board. Within a week or so of a new name being kicked around here, it generally turns up in one of his columns. Sometimes his observations are very similar to what I read here (not alleging plagarism - just noting that his opinions don't necessarily vary widely from the posters here). I would assume he also lurks on e-Gullet. He wouldn't be doing his job otherwise.
I was pleased to see Saffron under the Ethnic category. My husband and I have been weekly patrons (at least) since they opened. Best indian I have ever had and I have travelled quite a bit. Only regret is this place is getting so popular, it's hard to get in on a weekend night now.