Greg Cox's Hot List: A taste of the tropics

CORRESPONDENTAugust 4, 2010 

OK, so this summer's budget doesn't include vacation airfare to the Caribbean or the South Pacific. At least we can get a taste of the tropics at these area restaurants.

Dos Taquitos Centro

106 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh

835-3593

www.dostaquitoscentro.com

Cuisine: Mexican

Fonda y Birrieria Jalisco

1600-107 Ronald Drive, Raleigh

790-1999

Cuisine: Mexican

Havana Grill

404 W. Chatham St., Cary

460-8662

thehavanagrill.com

Cuisine: Cuban

Lotus Leaf Cafe

969 N. Harrison Ave., in Northwoods Market, Cary

465-0750

lotusleafcafe.com

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Merlion

410 Market Square, in Southern Village, Chapel Hill

933-1188

www.merlionfood.com

Cuisine: Singaporean

The Palace International

1104-A Broad St., Durham

416-4922

www.thepalaceinternational.com

Cuisine: East African

Saigon Grill

2929 N. Roxboro Road, Durham

220-5979

Cuisine: Vietnamese

Sawasdee

Two Raleigh locations: 6204-120 Glenwood Ave., 3601-107 Capital Blvd. 781-7599 (Glenwood); 878-0049 (Capital)

www.sawasdeeraleigh.com

Cuisine: Thai

Thaiphoon Bistro

301 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh

720-4034

www.thaiphoonbistro.com

Cuisine: Thai

Tropical Picken Chicken

2010-406 S. Main St., Wake Forest

435-6812

tropicalpickenchicken.com

Cuisine: Caribbean

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