3177 Capital Blvd., Raleigh; 790-2696.
Cuisine: Mexican, seafood
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
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Atmosphere: tropical pastels, potted plants and sombreros.
Service: eager to please.
Recommended: birria, guaraches, camarones a la crema verde, Parrillada platters, codornizas fritas.
Open: Lunch and dinner daily (open late nights).
Reservations: not accepted.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover; full bar; child-friendly.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:
4 stars: Extraordinary.
3 stars: Excellent.
2 stars: Good.
1 star: Fair.
Zero stars: Poor
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