19 W. Hargett St., Raleigh.
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Prices: entrees $11 to $16.
Atmosphere: cozy city cafe.
Service: sometimes slow but eager to please.
Recommended: tostones, Cuban cigars, pinon, pargo.
Open: Lunch and dinner daily.
Reservations: suggested on weekends.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club; full bar; smoke-free; 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.
See Greg Cox's weekly
e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/dining/.