(The Triangle Trend) — We all love a taste of international cuisine from time to time (or every day!), but deciding what to choose on a menu full of unfamiliar dishes can make for a time-consuming task. There are just so many choices that how could you ever decide on just one? Even choosing a sure-proof restaurant for authentic, high-quality meals can make for quite a hassle. Not all Chinese takeout tastes the same and not all tacos are created equal. And whether or not we realize it, many of our favorite “exotic” dishes have actually been Americanized to reflect local tastes.
If you’re one of those diners who wants to try something new but is too afraid or picky to try anything outside of burritos, egg rolls, or hummus, here are our top picks for international dishes you’ll (most likely!) love in Morrisville, NC.
Taste Vietnamese Cuisine (Saigon Special)
152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560
“Welcome to Taste Vietnamese Cuisine. We hope to bring you a taste of our beautiful homeland through authentic Vietnamese cuisine prepared with passion and perfected through generations.”
The Saigon Special is a “Rice or Vermicelli plate loaded with BBQ Pork, Shrimp, Shrimp Wrap, and an Egg Roll. Served with vegetables and light, sweet and sour chili-fish sauce.”
Guasaca Arepa & Salsa Grill (Grilled Chicken Arepa)
9918 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560
“We base our food in South American cuisine while embracing some of the wonderful elements of [North] American cuisine. We put forth an enormous effort into making everything you eat ‘in-house’, thus avoiding the use of any processed ingredients.”
Guasaca’s specialty is its arepas (a flat corn cake stuffed with a number of delicious fillings). Their Grilled Chicken Arepa combines grilled shredded chicken, black beans, pico de gallo, white cheese, and cilantro sauce.
C&T Wok (Coffee Shrimp)
130 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560
C&T Wok serves traditional and Americanized Chinese, Thai, and Szechuan dishes like pad Thai and curry, as well as plenty of house specials.
Their crispy popcorn shrimp stir-fried with coffee, onion, and cilantro. Expect your mouth to be on fire because this dish is spicy!
Dharani South Indian Cuisine (Chicken Dum Biryani)
1000 Lower Shiloh Way, Suite 106, Morrisville, NC 27560
“Dharani is a fine dining family restaurant proud to offer signature dishes from all five southern states of India, each with their distinct flavors.”
Their Chicken Dum Biryani is made with succulent, on-the-bone pieces of chicken under a fragrant mound of loose-grained basmati rice, freckled with turmeric and garnished with onion (caramelized and raw) and chopped cilantro.
Thai 54 (Roasted Duck with Red Curry)
10290 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite 100, Morrisville, NC 27560
“We proudly offer guests an outstanding selection of delicious, authentic Thai dishes, prepared with fresh natural ingredients, exotic native spices, and fresh herbs.”
Their Roasted Duck With Red Curry is tender, boneless duck meat, slow-cooked overnight in a mild red curry sauce. It is served with pineapples, tomatoes, bell peppers, and basil.
Carmen’s Cuban Cafe & Lounge (Pollo Empanizado)
108 Factory Shops Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560
“Carmen’s offers an array of traditional Cuban dishes, and their signature Mojito Cubano isn’t to be missed.”
Their Pollo Empanizado (or Breaded Chicken) is chicken breasts cut thin and breaded with cracker meal, then pan-fried until golden.
Lepakshi (Veg Thali)
10970 Chapel Hill Rd, Suite 108, Morrisville, NC 27560
Lepakshi is an authentic Indian Restaurant known for its vegetarian menu and bringing the original Taste of Biryani to NC through traditional recipes made by experienced chefs.
Thali refers to many different dishes served in small bowls and arranged on a platter. Their Veg Thali is nine vegetable curries served with chapathy, papad, and rice. Expect a combination of sweet, salt, bitter, sour, and spicy.
Hyderabad House (Biryanis & Pulav)
3735 Davis Drive, Suite 105, Morrisville, NC 27560
“Our philosophy is fresh ingredients, fresh food. Hyderabad House pulsates with the spirit of offering an energetic dining experience that takes guests on an eclectic culinary adventure through some of the most popular cuisines of Hyderabad.”
Their Biryanis & Pulav is a popular Hyderabadi dish containing tender marinated meat or vegetables, flavored with fragrant spices, and cooked with basmati rice. All Biryani dishes are served with gravy and raitha.
Swagat Indian Cuisine (Baingan Bhartha)
9549 Chapel Hill Rd, Morrisville, NC 27560
Those with an eclectic palate will love Swagat Indian Cuisine and their blend of North-Indian sensibility with a spice route influence.
The Baingan Bhartha is a vegetarian “eggplant specialty baked over an open flame, mashed, then sauteed with onion, garlic, and ginger.” Swagat offers three spice levels for this dish: mild, medium, and Swagat spicy.
JJ China (Subgum Wonton)
130 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville, NC 27560
JJ China Chinese Restaurant serves authentic Chinese cuisine with friendly service. While their selection is traditional Chinese food, they still find ways to mix things up.
“JJ China Chinese Restaurant welcomes you to a pleasant and memorable dining experience. Our menu is a suggestion for your selection. Each dish is prepared to order. The sauce is the magic ingredient, which blends the meat, poultry, seafood, or chicken with fresh vegetables to create unique dishes. The spicy dishes are prepared to the degree of your taste.”
The Subgum Wonton is made with shrimp, beef, chicken, and roast pork topped with Chinese vegetables and crispy fried wonton.