“Life is short, eat dessert first.”
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 1950's, "chicken slick," sandwiches, and a daily "hot plate" made their way onto the 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. We'd like to think it was the first. 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 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.
Incredible menu. Everything we ordered was cooked to perfection!
This retro-chic diner is one of the coolest places to grab a bite to eat in Raleigh. This place has been lovingly restored from it's original building, so it looks much the same as it did in 1945.
The food is your general diner fair, but GREAT.
As if you needed any more convincing, cursing is embraced her. Awesome.
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Poole's Downtown Diner
- Sun - Sat: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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