Restaurants & Bars

My Personal Triangle Rest. Ratings (revised and expanded)

Share:

Restaurants & Bars 7

My Personal Triangle Rest. Ratings (revised and expanded)

David A. | Apr 13, 2004 02:11 PM

Some of you may remember that I posted my complete restaurant breakdown last year. I've expanded the list and added a brief list of my favorite local dishes. I hope some of you find this interesting and/or helpful. I'd be curious to see other people's lists, of course.

Best,
David A.

MY FAVORITE LOCAL OFFERINGS (in order):

Dragon roll, crunchy roll, spider roll, Waraji
Galub jamun, Royal Sitar India (best I’ve ever had)
Fruit cobblers, Elmo’s (best I’ve ever had)
Pot stickers, Korean Garden
Apple strudel, Gugelhopf (best I’ve ever had)
Chiles rellenos, Fiesta Grill
Sourdough rolls, Weaver Street Market
Southern-style biscuits, Red Rocker Inn
Crab cakes, Grill at Glenn Lennox
Hush puppies, Lexington Style Trimmings

RESTAURANT RATINGS:

Restaurants with a 6 rating are worth revisiting; with a 5 rating are debatably worth revisiting; with a sub-5 rating certainly not worth revisiting. This takes into account food quality (first and foremost), price, service, and ambience (elegance and grunge both having their appeal).

Waraji – 8 (Raleigh Sushi)
Thai Palace (Highway 54, Chapel Hill) – 7
Taqueria Chicho (Chatham Square, Cary) – 7
Allen and Sons BBQ (Airport Road location only) – 6
Magnolia Grill – 6
Gugelhopf (German bakery, Durham) – 6
Grill at Glen-Lennox – 6
Il Palio – 6
The Q Shack (Durham) – 6
Alfredo’s Pizza (University Mall, whole pies only: the
best of the local pizza, though it’s not great) – 6
Elmo’s (Carrboro) – 6
La Farm Bakery (Cary) – 6
Inside Scoop (ice cream, Chapel Hill) – 6
Squids – 6
Hong Kong Restaurant (Durham) – 6
Korea Garden (Chatham Square, Cary) – 6
411 West (Franklin Street) – 6
Fiesta Grill (Mexican, Highway 54, Chapel Hill) – 6
Taqueria Superior (Roxboro Road, Durham) – 6
Neo-China (Cary, for dim sum only) – 6
Royal Sitar India (Durham) – 6
Suchi (Indian, Chatham Square, Cary) – 6
Cool Breeze (Indian, Chatham Square, Cary) - 6
-------------------------------------------------------
Lantern – 5
Fearrington House – 5
Ma Ma Wok (Cary) – 5
La Russa’s Italian Deli – 5
Aurora – 5
Elaine’s (Franklin Street) – 5
Brixx Wood-Fired Pizza (Meadowmont Village) – 5
Bullock’s BBQ (Durham) – 5
Vespa (Franklin Street) – 5
Akai Hana (Carrboro) – 5
Sal’s Pizza (East Gate Center) – 5
Pop’s Trattoria (downtown Durham) – 5
The Spotted Dog (Carrborro) – 5
501 Diner(Chapel Hill) – 5
Fortune Palace (Raleigh) – 5
China Palace(Garrett Rd., Durham) – 5
Penang(Franklin St) – 5
Spartacus – 5
Panzanella – 5
Eastern Lights (Durham Chinese) – 5 (very inconsistent)
Kurama (Durham Japanese) – 5
The Barbecue Joint (Durham) – 5
-------------------------------------------------------
Grady’s (Durham) – 4
Hunan Chinese (Airport Road, Chapel Hill) – 4 (avoid dim sum at all costs)
La Provence (Carrboro) – 4
Rick’s Diner (Durham) – 4
Neo-China (Durham) – 4
China One – 4
Pao Lim (15-501, Durham) – 4
Jade Palace – 4 (Carrboro)
Sushi Yoshi – 4
Crook’s Corner – 4
La Villita – 3
Tandoor Indian – 3
Margaret’s Cantina – 3
El Rodeo – 3
Anna Maria’s Pizzeria (Carrboro Mall) – 3
Cinnelli’s (Downtown Durham) – 3
Daniel’s Pizza and Pasta (Cary) – 3
Carrburritos (Carrboro) – 3
Dillard’s BBQ – 3
Mama Dip’s – 2
El Cuzcutleco – 1

OUT OF TOWN:

Red Rocker Inn (Asheville)—7
Lexington Style Trimmings – 7
Saigon (Greensboro) – 7
Mimosa Grill (Charlotte) – 6
Lexington BBQ (Lexington)—6
Parker’s BBQ (Greenville, Wilson) – 5
B’s BBQ (Greenville) – 5
Capitol Grill (Charlotte) – 4
Stameys BBQ (Greensboro) – 4

Want to stay up to date with this post?

Recommended From Chowhound