410 Market St., in Southern Village, Chapel Hill; 960-8696, www.townhall-restaurant.com.
Cuisine: American bistro
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
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Atmosphere: casually contemporary and open, with a patio.
Service: consistently friendly, variably attentive.
Recommended: Amanda's pimento cheese plate, sesame soy tuna, chicken under a brick, desserts (except apple cobbler).
Open: Lunch and dinner daily.
Reservations: encouraged for large parties.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; full bar; smoke-free (smoking permitted on the patio); kid-tolerant.
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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