815 W. Chatham St., Cary; 467-0308.
Web site: www.southernstarcary.com.
Rating: 3 stars
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Atmosphere: upscale contemporary in tropical shades.
Service: friendly but inexperienced.
Recommended: lobster barbecue, dandelion greens salad, swordfish India house, grilled salmon "churrascaria."
Open: Brunch Sunday, lunch Thursday-Friday, dinner Tuesday-Sunday.
Reservations: recommended on weekends.
Other: Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover; full bar; kid-tolerant.
The N&O's critic dines anonymously; the newspaper pays for all meals. We rank restaurants in five categories:
Zero stars: Poor
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