Elaine's on Franklin

March 21, 2003 

454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

960-2770, http://elainesonfranklin.com

Cuisine: World.

Rating: ****.

Prices: entrees $17 to $25.

Atmosphere: colorfully, casually contemporary.

Service: polished but unintimidating.

Recommended: everything.

Open: Dinner Tuesday-Saturday.

Reservations: strongly recommended.

Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; full bar (excellent wine list); smoke-free; get a sitter.

The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in four categories:

**** Among the Triangle's very best.

*** Rewarding experience.

** Generally acceptable.

* Hit-or-miss.

See Greg Cox's weekly

e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/ dining/.

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