601 W. Peace St., Raleigh; 1502 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill
832-3499 (Raleigh); 969-8789 (Chapel Hill). www.mellowmushroom.com
Prices: Entrees average less than $10.
Atmosphere: 1960s flashback; patio (Raleigh location only).
Recommended: Magical Mystery Tour or pick your own topping combination.
Open: Lunch and dinner daily.
Reservations: accepted only for parties of 12 or more.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; full bar (excellent draft beer selection); vegetarian-friendly; kid-friendly.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:
**** Extraordinary. *** Excellent.
** Good. * Fair. Zero stars: Poor.
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