454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
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Prices: entrees $17 to $25.
Atmosphere: colorfully, casually contemporary.
Service: polished but unintimidating.
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.
See Greg Cox's weekly
e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/ dining/.