Restaurant News & Reviews

El Cerro Grande

2549 S. Saunders St., Raleigh.

836-0807.

Cuisine: Mexican.

Rating: ** 1/2

Prices: entrees average less than $10.

Atmosphere: former Shoney's done over with cactus-and-adobe murals.

Service: fast.

Recommended: Veracruz, birria, guacamole, soft corn tortillas.

Open: lunch and dinner daily.

Reservations: accepted but usually not necessary.

Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover; full bar; vegetarian-friendly; kid-friendly.

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 at triangle.com and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://newsobserver.com/cgi-bin/ triangle/dining/search_restaurants.cgi

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