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A crispy cheese top forms on the mac and cheese at Poole's Diner in Raleigh.
A crispy cheese top forms on the mac and cheese at Poole's Diner in Raleigh. jleonard@newsobserver.com

Find reviews and restaurant news at nando.com/dining. ✔A limited list of restaurants rated four stars or higher. Find more at newsobserver.com/dining. Inside the Beltline18 Seaboard18 Seaboard Ave., Raleigh. 919-861-4318. 18seaboard.com. Cuisine: contemporary, grill. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Battistella’s200 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-803-2501. battistellas.com. Cuisine: Cajun/Creole. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Bida Manda222 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-829-9999. bidamanda.com. Cuisine: Laotian. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Bloomsbury Bistro509-101 W. Whitaker Mill Road, at Five Points, Raleigh. 919-834-9011. bloomsburybistro.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$$✔ bu.ku10 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-834-6963. bukuraleigh.com. Cuisine: global, seafood. ☆☆☆☆1/2 $$-$$$✔Centro106 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-835-3593. centroraleigh.com. Cuisine: Mexican. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Chuck’s237 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-322-0126. ac-restaurants.com/chucks. Cuisine: burgers. ✔The Fiction Kitchen428 S. Dawson St., Raleigh. 919-831-4177. thefictionkitchen.com. Cuisine: vegetarian. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $$ ✔Garland14 W. Martin St., Raleigh. 919-833-6886. garlandraleigh.com. Cuisine: Indian, Asian, contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Glenwood Grill2603 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-782-3102. glenwoodgrill.com. Cuisine: contemporary Southern. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$ ✔Gravy135 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-896-8513. gravyraleigh.com. Cuisine: Italian. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Jose and Sons327-102 W. Davie St., Raleigh. 919-755-0556. joseandsons.com. Cuisine: Mexican-Southern fusion. ☆☆ ☆☆. $$-$$$.✔J. Betski’s10-120 W.est Franklin St., Raleigh. 919-833-7999. jbetskis.com. Cuisine: German, Polish. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Joule223 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-424-7422. ac-restaurants.com/joule. Cuisine: coffeehouse. ✔lucettegrace235 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 919-307-4950. lucettegrace.com. Cuisine: patisserie.✔Mandolin2519 Fairview Road, Raleigh. 919-322-0365. mandolinraleigh.com. Cuisine: contemporary Southern. ☆☆☆☆ 1/2. $$$-$$$$ ✔Plates301 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-828-0018. plateskitchen.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$.✔Poole’s Downtown Diner426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh. 919-832-4477. poolesdowntowndiner.com. Cuisine: American bistro. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Second Empire330 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. 919-829-3663. second-empire.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$$$✔Sitti137 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh. 919-239-4070. sitti-raleigh.com. Cuisine: Middle Eastern. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Stanbury938 N. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-977-4321. stanburyraleigh.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$$-$$$$.✔North Raleigh/Wake ForestAngus Barn9401 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. 919-781-2444. angusbarn.com. Cuisine: steakhouse. ☆☆☆☆. $$$$✔Bruno11211 Galleria Ave., Raleigh. 919-435-6640. brunoraleigh.com. Cuisine. steaks, seafood, Italian. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$.✔Coquette4351 The Circle at North Hills, Raleigh. 919-789-0606. coquetteraleigh.com. Cuisine: French. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$✔Flights4100 Main at North Hills St., in the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills Hotel, Raleigh. 919-278-1478. flightsnorthhills.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Machu Picchu4500-100 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-526-7378. machupicchuperuviancuisine.com. Cuisine: Central/South America. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Margaux’s8111-111 Creedmoor Road, in Brennan Station, Raleigh. 919-846-9846. margauxsrestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary, seafood. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Saint Jacques6112 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh. 919-862-2770. saintjacquesfrenchcuisine.com. Cuisine: French. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔SawasdeeTwo Raleigh locations: 6204 Glenwood Ave., 3601-107 Capital Blvd. 919-781-7599 (Glenwood Ave.); 919-878-0049 (Capital Blvd.). sawasdeeraleigh.com. Cuisine: Thai. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $$✔Seoul Garden4701 Atlantic Ave., Raleigh. 919-850-9984. raleighseoulgarden.com. Cuisine: Korean. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $$ ✔Vivace4209-115 Lassiter Mill Road, in The Alexan, Raleigh. 919-787-7747. vivaceraleigh.com. Cuisine: Italian. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Waraji5910 Duraleigh Road, Raleigh. 919-783-1883. warajijapaneserestaurant.com. Cuisine: Japanese. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Cary/Apex/Morrisvilleãn2800 Renaissance Park Place, Cary. 919-677-9229. ancuisines.com. Cuisine: contemporary Asian. ☆☆☆☆☆. $$$$✔Banana Leaf1026 Ryan Road, Cary. 919-468-9958. bananaleafcary.com. Cuisine: pan-Asian (Cantonese specialty). ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Doherty’sTwo locations: 1979 High House Road, Cary; 5490 Apex Peakway, Apex. 919-388-9930 (Cary); 919-387-4100 (Apex). dohertysirishpubnc.com. Cuisine: Irish pub. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $$✔Herons100 Woodland Pond, in the Umstead Hotel & Spa, Cary. 919-447-4000. theumstead.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆☆. $$$$✔La Farm Bakery4248 NW Cary Parkway Pkwy., Cary. 919-657-0657. lafarmbakery.com. Cuisine: bakery. ✔Little Hen5160 Sunset Lake Road, Apex Holly Springs. 919-363-0000. littlehennc.com. Cuisine: American. ☆☆☆☆ 1/2. $$$-$$$$.✔Taipei Café9825-G Chapel Hill Road, Morrisville. 919-380-8568. taipei-cafe.com. Cuisine: Chinese (Taiwanese). ☆☆☆ 1/2. ✔Taste Vietnamese Cuisine152 Morrisville Square Way, Morrisville. 919-234-6385. facebook.com/taste.v.cuisine. Cuisine: Vietnamese. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $-$$.✔DurhamThe Black House5420 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-403-2233. strawvalleyfoodanddrink.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$$$. ✔Bleu Olive Bistro1821 Hillandale Road, Durham. 919-383-8502. bleuolivebistro.com. Cuisine: contemporary Mediterranean. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Blu Seafood & Bar2002 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-286-9777. bluseafoodandbar.com. Cuisine: American, seafood. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Dashi415 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-251-9335. dashiramen.com. Cuisine: Japanese. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔ Dos Perros200 N. Mangum St., Durham. 919-956-2750. dosperrosrestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary Mexican. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$ ✔Fairview3001 Cameron Blvd., in the Washington Duke Inn, Durham. 919-490-0999. washingtondukeinn.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$$$✔Four Square2701 Chapel Hill Road, Durham.919-401-9877. foursquarerestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Gregoria’s Cuban Steakhouse2701 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-973-2717. gregoriassteakhouse.com. Cuisine: Caribbean. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $$-$$$✔Gocciolina3314 Guess Road, Durham. 919-973-4089. gocciolina.com. Cuisine: Italian. ☆☆☆☆. $$ ✔Guglhupf2706 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham. 919-401-2600. guglhupf.com. Cuisine: German. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$ ✔Harvest 188128-114 Renaissance Parkway, Durham. 919-316-1818. harvest18restaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$.✔Juju737 Ninth St., Durham. 919-286-3555. jujudurham.com. Cuisine: Asian fusion tapas. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Mateo109 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-530-8700. mateotapas.com. Cuisine: Spanish (tapas). ☆☆☆☆ 1/2. $$-$$$✔Nana’s2514 University Drive, Durham. 919-493-8545. nanasdurham.com. Cuisine: contemporary Mediterranean. ☆☆☆☆ 1/2. $$$✔ Piedmont401-B2 Foster St., Durham. 919-683-1213. piedmontrestaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Pizzeria Toro105 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 919-908-6936. pizzeriatoro.com. Cuisine: pizzeria. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Pompieri Pizza102 City Hall Plaza, Durham. 919-973-1589. pompieripizza.com. Cuisine: pizzeria. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Revolution107 W. Main St., Durham. 919-956-9999. revolutionrestaurant.com. Cuisine: world. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Shanghai3433 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-383-5700. shanghaidurham.com. Cuisine: Chinese. ☆☆☆☆. $$ ✔Vin Rouge2010 Hillsborough Road, Durham. 919-416-0466. vinrougerestaurant.com. Cuisine: French. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Watts Grocery1116 Broad St., Durham. 919-416-5040. wattsgrocery.com. Cuisine: contemporary Southern. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$-$$$✔Yamazushi4711 Hope Valley Road, Durham. 919-493-7748. yamazushirestaurant.com. Cuisine: Japanese. ☆☆☆☆☆. $$$-$$$$.✔Chapel Hill/CarrboroAllen & Son6203 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill. 919-942-7576. bit.ly/1ukoCG3. Cuisine: barbecue. ☆☆☆☆. $✔Bin 541201-M Raleigh Road, Chapel Hill. 919-969-1155. bin54restaurant.com. Cuisine: steakhouse. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$$$✔CholaNad308 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 800-246-5262. cholanad.com. Cuisine: Indian. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $$-$$$ ✔Crook’s Corner610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-929-7643. crookscorner.com. Cuisine: Southern. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Elaine’s on Franklin454 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-960-2770. elainesonfranklin.com, Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Glasshalfull106 S. Greensboro St., Carrboro. 919-794-4107. glasshalfullcarrboro.com. Cuisine: wine bar. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Gourmet Kingdom301 E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-932-7222. thegourmetkingdom.com. Cuisine: Szechuan. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Il Palio1505 E. Franklin St., in the Siena Hotel, Chapel Hill. 919-929-4000. sienahotel.com. Cuisine: Italian. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$$$✔Kitchen764 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill. 919-537-8167. kitchenchapelhill.com. Cuisine: contemporary French. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Kipos431 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-425-0760. kiposgreektaverna.com. Cuisine: Greek. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Lantern423 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-969-8846. lanternrestaurant.com. Cuisine: pan-Asian. ☆☆☆☆☆. $$$✔Neal’s Deli100-C E. Main St., Carrboro. 919-967-2185. nealsdeli.com. Cuisine: deli. ✔One100 Meadowmont Village Circle, Chapel Hill. 919-537-8207. one-restaurant.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔Queen of Sheba1129-O Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill. 919-932-4986. queenofshebachapelhill.com. Cuisine: Ethiopian. $$-$$$✔Talulla’s 456 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 919-933-1177. talullas.com. Cuisine: Turkish. ☆☆☆☆. $$-$$$✔ElsewhereChef & The Farmer120 W. Gordon St., Kinston. 252-208-2433. chefandthefarmer.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆1/2. $$$✔Saxapahaw General Store1735 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Graham. 336-376-5332. Saxgenstore.com. Cuisine: contemporary American bistro. ☆☆☆☆. $$✔Fearrington House2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro. 919-542-2121. fearringtonhouse.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆ 1/2. $$$$ ✔Hillsborough BBQ Company236 S. Nash St., Hillsborough. 919-732-4647. hillsboroughbbq.com. Cuisine: Barbecue. ☆☆☆ 1/2. $-$$ ✔Oakleaf480 Hillsborough Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. 919-533-6303. oakleafnc.com. Cuisine: contemporary. ☆☆☆☆ 1/2. $$$✔Panciuto110 S. Churton St., Hillsborough. 919-732-6261. panciuto.com. Cuisine: contemporary Italian. ☆☆☆☆. $$$✔

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