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Poole's Diner

426 S. McDowell St., Raleigh, NC, 27634
(919) 832-4477

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Poole's Diner
426 S. McDowell St.
Raleigh, NC 27634
(919) 832-4477
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(no rating) February 20, 2011 - Triangle.com - Andrea Weigl

Oyster knives and cans of Stroh's beer in hand, four chefs sneak out the back door of Poole's Diner, the funky, acclaimed 75-seat restaurant on Raleigh's McDowell Street. It's 6:50 p.m. on a Sunday night in January, almost showtime. In the dark parking lot, the chefs glow in their white jackets and aprons. They stab holes in the bottom of the cans, tilt their heads back and down the beers in one long swig.

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April 18, 2008 - Triangle.com - Greg Cox

Among the items on the chalkboard menu at Poole's Downtown Diner the night it opened in December were calf's liver with rosemary pan gravy, Russian tea-brined pork belly, venison meatloaf, and duck hearts with sherry and bacon.

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Jan 04, 2008 - myongsun
Great, new spot for pre-show or post-show.

Poole's Diner
426 S McDowell St
Raleigh, NC 27601
Phone: 832-4477

Our first trip to Poole's since Ashley Christensen (chef partner at Enoteca Vin) bought the old diner.

I hope you have a good memory, because the ever-changing menu is not written on anything but a few large chalkboards. That's not a problem if you're seated at one of the two horseshoe-shaped counters with chrome stools. But, if you're in a booth or table near the rear, you'll need to leave your seat and mosey up front to re-read the offerings.

Generally, there are about five options in each of four categories:


Apps the night we were there included frog legs. I ordered a pâté plate accompanied by Ashley's pickled tomatillos, scratch-made mustard, a wonderful jam and some baguette crisps.

#1 ordered a yummy pot roast as well as an incredible baguette to sop up the gravy.

#2 had a salad with chèvre and when she had finished the greens there was virtually no trace of oil or vinegar on her plate: a sure sign the produce had not been drenched in dressing.

She also had a tasty side of baked chicken.

I had a great trout dish featuring caramelized onions. I also ordered a side of collards and black eyed peas (for good luck in the new year!).

All dishes are fairly small and fairly priced.

They had one very good ale on tap. Wine list was small but adequate. The bar ar was unable to fulfill my thirst for a Gibson as they had no cocktail onions, so I settled for a gin and tonic.

One minor grievance: After serving my main dish, the wait staff removed my beer glass without offering me a refill.

Total bill: $81 (before tip).

Beware: parking is on the opposite side of McDowell Street (the restaurant is on the left).

If you're attending a show at Center for the Performing Arts, there are few dining choices this close to the venue (unless you love McDonald's). Ashley will do very well in this fantastic location.

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