Restaurant News & Reviews

Vertigo Diner

426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.

832-4477, www.vertigodiner.com.

Cuisine: American.

Rating: ***

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.

* Hit-or-miss.

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e-picurean column and check out the searchable restaurant database at http://triangle.com/dining/.

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