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Carolina Crossroads Earns Mobil Four-Star Dining Rating

CHAPEL HILL - Carolina Crossroads at The Carolina Inn is one of only two restaurants in North Carolina to receive a Mobil Four-Star rating for 2007.

This is the seventh straight year that the Crossroads has been awarded four stars by the Mobil Travel Guide, which is one of the most authoritative guides to fine dining. "While most travelers may be familiar with the concept of four-star ratings, many are surprised when they discover how few restaurants achieve Mobil Four- and Five-Star status," said Shane O'Flaherty, VP of Quality Assurance for Mobil Travel Guide. "Our Standards are undeniably the most stringent in the industry, so The Carolina Crossroads' Mobil Four-Star award signifies that it offers guests a truly outstanding level of service and luxury."Carolina Crossroads specializes in cuisine that Executive Chef Brian Stapleton describes as "new American with distinctly Southern undertones."

"Laced throughout the menu are traditional Southern items such as succotash, collard greens, country ham and corn muffins," Stapleton said. "We continue to create unique menu items and interesting flavor combinations. We try to make the menu exciting, but in a way that is genuinely pleasing and doesn't insult the guests' dining intelligence." The key to great service, Stapleton said, is meticulous attention to detail and striving to exceed each guest's expectations.

While the Four-Star rating recognizes excellence, it can spur a restaurant to become even better, said Creston Woods, general manager of The Carolina Inn. "We're very proud of our staff and they're very proud to work at a Four-Star restaurant. Everyone works extremely hard to earn and maintain the four star level of quality. We try to make sure we keep the four stars by not simply meeting - but exceeding each of the criteria for that high rating."

Mobil Travel Guide rates restaurants using a proprietary ratings process that is based on more than 250 rigorous and standardized criteria that are evaluated and updated annually. The process begins with a facility inspection that considers every aspect of the property, from its overall cleanliness and condition to its location. To achieve Mobil Four-Star status, properties must then meet or exceed Mobil's bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by Mobil Travel Guide's expert inspectors. For a detailed explanation of Mobil Travel Guide's industry-leading ratings process, visit