2549 S. Saunders St., Raleigh.
Rating: ** 1/2
Prices: entrees average less than $10.
Atmosphere: former Shoney's done over with cactus-and-adobe murals.
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.
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