John Poole may have taken Winston Churchill's words to heart when he opened Poole's Pie Shop in 1945 at 426 S. McDowell Street. For six years the cozy spot was a veritable holy grail of pies–all sweet–but soon their patrons wanted more. In the early 1950s, "chicken slick," sandwiches, and a daily "hot plate" made their way onto Poole's menu, and the line to be served wrapped around the corner. The pie shop moved out, as Poole's Pies became Poole's Luncheonette, and a downtown hot-spot was born. In its latest incarnation Poole's has returned to its diner roots under the ownership of chef Ashley Christensen. Marrying a clean aesthetic with retro-chic charm, Christensen restored and even highlighted the "bones" of the original restaurant, including the double horseshoe bar and red leather banquettes, pairing it with modern elements like lucite chairs and oversized blackboard menus that change daily based on season and availability.
This is Ashley Christianson's first restaurant and truly all of her restaurants are superb! Pooles has the best comfort food and family style plates. Do not miss out on the mac and cheese when you come! One of our favorite date-nights is to put our name down at Poole's and then head over to Whiskey…
Awesome "double horseshoe" bar, Ashley Christensen at her best. City's best Mac-n-cheese!
You'll have to drive to this one, but it will be well worth it. It's a small diner with delicious dishes. Don't miss their famous mac n cheese!
“The food is great. The lines to get in are normally long so you'll have to plan ahead but it's worth it.”
“The sister restaurant to Morning Times serves upscale bar food. Sit on the rooftop and enjoy the views!”
“Several trails with art located throughout. Check out the inside exhibits as well!”
“This free museum is devoted to science and nature and is the largest institution of its king in the Southeastern US. ”
“Arguably the BEST restaurant in Raleigh, and even though the wait might be long (they don't take reservations!) it is ALWAYS worth it. Plus the outdoor seating and excellent cocktails always makes the wait go faster.”