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Poole's Diner

426 S. McDowell St. (W. Cabarrus St.) Send to Phone
This playfully restored mid-century diner sets the stage for creative locavore cuisine.
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Local Deals: 120 * 90

Dinner Tues.-Sat., Brunch Sun.
Open late
  • Parking lot (across street)
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar

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  • 3.5 star rating
3.5 rating over 4 reviews
Poole's Diner, Raleigh, NC

Poole's Diner Restaurant Review

: Chef Ashley Christensen’s first venture in downtown Raleigh is a 1940s-era diner now transformed into a smokin’ twenty-first-century bistro with a high noise level. Lipstick-red barstools pop against graffiti-covered gray walls which, at closer look, are blackboards announcing the menu du jour. Take your time ordering while sipping one of the bar’s creative cocktails: Truman 75, a cucumber-infused Hendrick’s gin topped off with Prosecco and lemon, or Poole’s Black Tea, house-made tea vodka with fresh lemon soda. Christensen’s offerings change every day, inspired by the best local produce, but have included such dishes as rich macaroni gratin made with artisan cheeses; rabbit confit served with shiitake mushrooms and collards; scallops with browned butter, creamed spinach and tomato relish; fried soft-shell crabs on new potato salad; and pulled lamb ribs with ricotta dumplings. Top the meal off with the likes of dulce de leche panna cotta with broiled bananas and spiced pistachios, and North Carolina strawberries with wildflower honey cream cheese on a shortbread crust. The wine list changes frequently, though you can count on an interesting list of sparkling wines and rosés, with many choices by the glass. There is some seasonality to the list, with Rieslings in the summer, and heartier wines in the winter.

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