Restaurant News & Reviews

Spice Street

University Mall, 201 S. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill.

928-8200, www.thespicestreet.com.

Cuisine: world.

Rating: ** 1/2.

Prices: entrees $11 to $16.

Atmosphere: open and dramatic.

Service: usually efficient.

Recommended: crab cakes, tuna tartare, braised beef spareribs, lemongrass souffle, green tea creme brulee.

Open: lunch and dinner daily.

Reservations: recommended on weekends.

Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club; full bar; smoke-free; 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.

See Greg Cox's weekly

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

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