Restaurant News & Reviews

Southern Star

815 W. Chatham St., Cary; 467-0308.

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Cuisine: Contemporary.

Rating: 3 stars

Prices: $$$

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:

**** Extraordinary.

*** Excellent.

** Good.

* Fair.

Zero stars: Poor

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