Poole's

426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601 USA

926 Reviews
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Reasonable
Closed Now
Opens Sun 5p
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Public
    Restrooms
  • No Wifi
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“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.

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Tiffany D.

Had an incredibly delicious dinner here with a friend a few weeks ago. I liked that the menu was written on chalk boards throughout the restaurant. A little hard to see if it's a sunny day, or... Read more

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Ria G.

Visiting the Research Triangle area and a local brought me here since I love Mac n Cheese. Wow!! The Mac n Cheese is wonderfully creamy and baked to perfection. I love trying Mac n Cheese at... Read more

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Jessica A.

Poole's mac & cheese is among the best I've had in North Carolina. I came here on a Saturday night after a show at the nearby Duke Energy Center. I was hungry and since I've heard good reviews... Read more

Poole's

426 S McDowell St
Raleigh, North Carolina
27601 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun, Mon, Thu: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Fri, Sat: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Reservations
Does not take
  • Bar
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks
  • Takeout
  • Breakfast
  • Waitstaff
  • Outdoor Seating
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