Reusing's passion for North Carolina ingredients can be found throughout the menu at The Durham. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com
Reusing's passion for North Carolina ingredients can be found throughout the menu at The Durham. Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Food & Drink

These are the Triangle’s Best Restaurants, from fine dining to food trucks – Bookmark this list.

By Greg Cox

Correspondent

January 24, 2018 07:31 AM

Choosing this year’s Restaurant of the Year was especially hard.

But after much deliberation, I landed on a the winner – Crawford and Son – and two unprecedented honorable mentions – Brewery Bhavana and The Cortez.

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Here, I also list the rest of my favorite restaurants in the Triangle: Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards as well as the best by cuisine.

Restaurant of the Year

Crawford and Son

Chef Scott Crawford of Raleigh's Crawford and Son talks about becoming a chef. Juli Leonardjleonard@newsobserver.com

618 N. Person St., Raleigh. 919-307-4647 or crawfordandsonrestaurant.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Honorable Mentions

Brewery Bhavana

Brewery Bhavana - just voted one of Bon Appetit’s 10 best new restaurants in the country - is built on community Juli Leonardjleonard@newsobserver.com

218 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-829-9998 or brewerybhavana.com

Cuisine: Chinese

The Cortez

413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-342-8227 or cortezraleigh.com

Cuisine: seafood (contemporary)

Gold Medal

The Durham

315 E. Chapel Hill St., in The Durham Hotel, Durham

919-768-8830

thedurham.com/dining

Cuisine: American

The Fearrington House Restaurant

2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro

919-542-2121

fearringtonhouse.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Herons

100 Woodland Pond Drive, in the Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary

919-447-4000

theumstead.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Lantern

423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-969-8846

lanternrestaurant.com

Cuisine: Asian

Mateo Bar de Tapas

109 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-530-8700

mateotapas.com

Cuisine: tapas (Spanish-Southern fusion)

Nana’s

2514 University Drive, Durham

919-493-8545

nanasdurham.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Oakleaf

310 E. Main St., Carrboro

984-234-3017

oakleafnc.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Note: Originally located in Pittsboro, Oakleaf is expected to reopen in February in a new location in Carrboro. In the meantime, the restaurant is serving dinner in temporary quarters at its sister restaurant, Alberello Cafe, at 72 Chapelton Court, Chapel Hill.

Panciuto

110 S. Churton St., Hillsborough

919-732-6261

panciuto.com

Cuisine: contemporary Italian

Poole’s Diner

426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh

919-832-4477

ac-restaurants.com/pooles

Cuisine: American bistro

Yamazushi

4711 Hope Valley Road, Suite 6-A, Durham

919-493-7748

yamazushirestaurant.com

Cuisine: Japanese

Dry-aged steak, spring onion and chimichurri from the menu at Death & Taxes in downtown Raleigh.
2016 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Silver Medal

Bida Manda

222 S. Blount St., Raleigh

919-829-9999

bidamanda.com

Cuisine: Laotian

Death & Taxes

105 W. Hargett St., Raleigh

984-242-0218

ac-restaurants.com/death-taxes

Cuisine: contemporary grill

Elaine’s on Franklin

454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-960-2770

elainesonfranklin.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Elements

2110 Environ Way, Chapel Hill

919-537-8780

elementsofchapelhill.com

Cuisine: contemporary, Asian

Glenwood Grill

2603 Glenwood Ave., Suite 151, Raleigh

919-782-3102

glenwoodgrill.com

Cuisine: American

Gocciolina

3314 Guess Road, Durham

919-973-4089

gocciolina.com

Cuisine: Italian

Il Palio

1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill

919-919-2545

ilpalio.com

Cuisine: Italian

J. Betski’s

10 W. Franklin St., Suite 120, Raleigh

919-833-7999

jbetskis.com

Cuisine: German, Polish

Mandolin

2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh

919-322-0365

mandolinraleigh.com

Cuisine: contemporary Southern

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

107 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-294-8247

mothersandsonsnc.com

Cuisine: Italian

Saint Jacques

6112 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh

919-862-2770

saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com

Cuisine: French

Second Empire Restaurant and Tavern

330 Hillsborough St., Raleigh

919-829-3663

second-empire.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Stanbury

938 N. Blount St., Raleigh

919-977-4321

stanburyraleigh.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Bronze Medal

18 Seaboard

18 Seaboard Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh

919-861-4318

18restaurantgroup.com/18-seaboard/

Cuisine: contemporary Southern, grill

Angus Barn

9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

919-781-2444

angusbarn.com

Cuisine: steakhouse

The presentation of the Joyce Farm chicken includes a downright ethereal tarragon velouté at Tandem in Carrboro.
2016 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Bleu Olive Mediterranean Bistro

1821 Hillandale Road, Durham

919-383-8502

bleuolivebistro.com

Cuisine: contemporary Mediterranean

Bloomsbury Bistro

509 W. Whitaker Mill Road, Suite 101, Raleigh

919-834-9011

bloomsburybistro.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Bruno Seafood and Steaks

11211 Galleria Ave., Raleigh

919-435-6640

brunoraleigh.com

Cuisine: steaks, seafood, Italian

Coquette Brasserie

4351 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh

919-789-0606

coquetteraleigh.com

Cuisine: French

Crook’s Corner

610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-929-7643

crookscorner.com

Cuisine: Southern

Dashi

415 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-251-9335

dashiramen.com

Cuisine: Japanese

Fairview Dining Room

3001 Cameron Blvd., in the Washington Duke Inn, Durham

919-493-6699

washingtondukeinn.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Garland

14 W. Martin St., Raleigh

919-833-6886

garlandraleigh.com

Cuisine: global

Guglhupf

2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham

919-401-2600

guglhupf.com

Cuisine: German

Note: Guglhupf has a new, second Chapel Hill location that is a bake shop, not a full-service restaurant.

Kitchen

764 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

919-537-8167

kitchenchapelhill.com

Cuisine: French, contemporary

Margaux’s

8111 Creedmoor Road, Suite 111, Raleigh

919-846-9846

margauxsrestaurant.com

Cuisine: contemporary, seafood

Plates

301 Glenwood Ave., Suite 100, Raleigh

919-828-0018

plateskitchen.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Tandem

200 N. Greensboro St., #1A, Carrboro

919-240-7937

tandemcarrboro.com

Cuisine: contemporary

Vivace

4209 Lassiter Mill Road, Suite 115, Raleigh

919-787-7747

vivaceraleigh.com

Cuisine: Italian

Note: Vivace was temporarily closed by a burst water pipe on January 8. It’s expected to reopen in February.

Watts Grocery

1116 Broad St., Durham

919-416-5040

wattsgrocery.com

Cuisine: contemporary Southern

Whiskey Kitchen

201 W. Martin St., Raleigh

919-803-3181

whiskey.kitchen

Cuisine: contemporary Southern

Best in Class (By Cuisine)

Note: These are new categories: Brewpub, Dessert, Food Truck, Indian/Pakistani, Pub and Wine Bar (serving food)

Bakery

La Farm

Three locations in Cary; see website

lafarmbakery.com

Bar (serving food)

Alley Twenty Six

320 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham

984-439-2278

alleytwentysix.com

Bartender Shannon Healy prepares the Alley Cocktail made up of Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Dry Vermouth, Cynar, Luxardo Maraschino and celery bitters at Alley Twenty Six in Durham.
2017 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Barbecue

Hillsborough BBQ Company

236 S. Nash St., Hillsborough

919-732-4647

hillsboroughbbq.com

Brewpub

Trophy Brewing + Pizza

827 W. Morgan St., Raleigh

919-803-4849

trophybrewing.com

Burger

Al’s Burger Shack

Two locations: 516 W Franklin St, Chapel Hill (919-904-7659); 708 Market St., Chapel Hill (919-914-6694)

alsburgershack.com

Cajun/Creole

La Place

111 N. Churton St., Hillsborough

919-245-0041

laplacehillsborough.com

Chinese (Cantonese)

Shanghai

3433 Hillsborough Road, Durham

919-383-7581

shanghaidurham.com

Chinese (Szechwan)

Szechuan Garden

10285 Chapel Hill Road, Suite 300, Morrisville

919-468-6878

szechuangardennc.com

The Fried Eggplant “Boxes” served as an entree adapts beautifully as a shared starter: chunks of eggplant stuffed with minced pork and chives, then fried in a tempura-like batter and served with a spicy dipping sauce on the side at Szechuan Garden in Morrisville.
2017 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Chinese (Taiwanese)

Taipei 101

121 E. Chatham St., Cary

919-388-5885

facebook.com/carytaipei101

Coffeehouse/Cafe

Cocoa Cinnamon

Three locations in Durham; see website.

cocoacinnamon.com

Cuban

Old Havana Sandwich Shop

310 E. Main St., Durham

919-593-4006

oldhavanaeats.com

Deli

Lucky’s Delicatessen

105 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-864-8841

luckysdelinc.com

Dessert

Bittersweet

16 E. Martin St., Raleigh

919-977-3829

bittersweetraleigh.com

Ethiopian

Awazé

904 NE Maynard Road, Cary

919-377-2599

awazecuisine.com

Food Truck

Adobo Joe’s owner Ron Blancaflor serves up home cooking on his Filipino food truck Juli Leonardjleonard@newsobserver.com

Adobo Joe

Facebook or Twitter: @AdoboJoe

French

Vin Rouge

2010 Hillsborough Road, Durham

919-416-0466

vinrougerestaurant.com

Fusion

Jose and Sons

327 W. Davie St., Suite 102, Raleigh

919-755-0556

joseandsons.com

Greek

Kipos

431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-425-0760

kiposchapelhill.com

Indian/Pakistani

Kababish Cafe

201 W. Chatham St., Suite 103, Cary

919-377-8794

kababishcafe.com

Indian (Southern)

CholaNad Restaurant and Bar

308 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

800-246-5262

cholanad.com

Irish Pub

Doherty’s

Two locations: 1979 High House Road, Cary; 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex

919-388-9930 (Cary); 919-387-4100 (Apex)

dohertysirishpubnc.com

Italian

Mothers & Sons Trattoria

107 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham

919-294-8247

mothersandsonsnc.com

Mothers & Sons owner and chef Josh DeCarolis makes homemade tonnarelli at the Durham restaurant in 2016. DeCarolis makes all the pasta by hand daily on the large family style dining table at the back of the restaurant before service.
2016 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Japanese

M Sushi

311 Holland St., Durham

919-908-9266

msushidurham.com

Korean

Golden Pig

815 W. Chatham St., Cary

919-650-2720

facebook.com/goldenpigcary

Lebanese

Sitti

137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh

919-239-4070

sitti-raleigh.com

Mexican (Contemporary)

Centro

106 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh

919-835-3593

centroraleigh.com

Mexican (Taqueria)

Taqueria El Toro

3601 Junction Blvd., Raleigh

919-661-5676

taqueriaeltororaleigh.com

Mexican (Traditional)

Tacos Y Mariscos Vallarta

3177 Capital Blvd., Raleigh

919-790-2696

nando.com/3ck

Pan-Asian

Banana Leaf

1026 Ryan Road, Cary

919-468-9958

bananaleafcary.com

Daniel Benjamin, center, arranges baked goods in lucettegrace. Benjamin, formerly of the tony The Umstead Hotel & Spa in Cary, opened lucettegrace, a modern patisserie in downtown Raleigh.
2014 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Pastries

lucettegrace

235 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh

919-307-4950

lucettegrace.com

Peruvian

Mi Peru

4015 University Drive, Durham

919-401-6432

miperupci.com

Pizza

Pizzeria Mercato

408 W. Weaver St., Carrboro

919-967-2277

pizzeriamercatonc.com

The gas-fired ovens at Pizzeria Mercato can crank out 700-plus degrees which produce an exemplary thin, blister-charred crust.
2016 News & Observer File Photo - Juli Leonard jleonard@newsobserver.com

Pub

The Federal

914 W. Main St., Durham

919-680-8611

thefederal.net

Sandwich

Toast Paninoteca

345 W. Main St., Durham

919-683-2183

toast-fivepoints.com

Seafood

The Cortez

413 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

919-342-8227

cortezraleigh.com

Southern

Angie’s

1340 W. Garner Road, Garner

angiesrestaurant.com

919-661-6707

Steakhouse

Bin Fifty-Four

1201-M Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill

919-969-1155

bin54chapelhill.com

Thai

Bua Thai Cuisine

5850 Fayetteville Road, Suite 101, Durham

984-219-7357

buathaidurham.com

Turkish

Talulla’s

456 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

919-933-1177

talullas.com

Vegetarian

The Fiction Kitchen

428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh

919-831-4177

thefictionkitchen.com

Vietnamese

Pho Far East

4011 Capital Blvd., Suite 133, Raleigh

919-876-8621

facebook.com/phofareast

Wine Bar (Serving Food)

Vinos Finos

8450 Honeycutt Road, Suite 110, Raleigh

919-747-9233

vinosfinosypicadas.com