426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.
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Prices: entrees $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: retro '50s diner with a funky attitude.
Service: young, laid-back and unflappable.
Recommended: char-grilled oysters, pan-roasted salmon, stuffed chicken breast, maple-glazed pork chop.
Open: Brunch Sunday, dinner Tuesday- Saturday.
Reservations: suggested on weekends.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, Discover; full bar; smoking permitted after 10 p.m.; vegetarian-friendly; kid-tolerant.
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.
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e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/dining/.