A gustatory extravaganza!

A short but very visual post tonight. And it’ll probably be the last one until April. But I’ll whet your appetite by teasing a food-in-Costa-Rica write-up upon my return from vacation.

As always, A Toast to the Triangle was replete with excellent food and beverages.

Below I’ll share photos and/or a sentence or two about my personal favorites, then some other beautiful  photos just for fun. (Please don’t get me wrong — everything I tasted was lovely. But they can’t all be my favorites now, can they?!)

First up — Azitra’s dish was one of the most colorful and flavorful offerings I tasted all night. I can’t remember everything in the dish, but some of the ingredients included gingered prawns, coconut, mango, avocado, beans and chutney:

Market’s delicious entree boasted wonderful multiple ingredient layers as well. As I was trying to furiously jot them down in my iPhone, Chef Chad advised that I just remember the duck and grits. So I did. There was also pickled something-or-other (always love his pickling …):

Downtown Raleigh’s Oxford gastropub served up oh-so-tender braised short ribs with a beautiful spinach and potato puree, gorgonzola butter and waffle-cut potato crisp:

Cameron Bar and Grill presented a bison slider and melted cheese on a nice, soft little bun:

Two other favorites without good photos (my fault entirely) included Cantina 18’s short rib and poblano quesadilla with a dollop of lime crema (so clean and bright tasting, with nice contrasting textures), and Rey’s bananas foster. My number-one brew of the night was Carolina Brewing Company’s seasonal spring bock.

Other beauties — A crab cake from Antonio’s Gourmet Market and tuna tacos from Sono:


Second Empire’s fudge brownie truffles, and just one of Once in a Blue Moon’s gorgeous cakes:


Sister restaurants Sono and Mura showcased their sushi chefs’ artistic knife skills:


And a good time was had by all. Especially since I remembered to bring Tums this time, and popped a couple while driving away …


About atarheeltastes

I'm a passionate foodie who started this "temporary" blog during a gustatory tour of Tuscany. I decided to continue, since I love to dream about, plan for, prepare, eat and write about food!
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