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4.5 (1,662) $$$$ $$$$ American, Modern, Eclectic, Comfort


Summary: A hotspot for fresh, upscale comfort food.

At Poole's, indulge in a retro-chic atmosphere and a dynamic menu of upscale comfort food, featuring a legendary mac and cheese and a popular roasted chicken. This downtown diner exudes a nostalgic vibe, complemented by a playful mid-century decor and a bar serving creative cocktails. The curated menu showcases the freshest local ingredients, with selections that change so frequently they're chalked up daily. Dishes range from seafood to succulent pork, while brunch brings delights such as croque madame and shrimp and grits. A graffiti-covered gray wall reveals itself as a blackboard menu, where diners can choose from the freshest fare, such as rillettes of duck confit or pan-roasted black bass. The drink offerings are as unique as the food, with a weekly rotating wine and beer list emphasizing small vineyard finds. Free parking after 5 p.m. and weekend convenience add to the allure of this vibrant bistro.


James Beard
Outstanding Chef - Winner 2019
Outstanding Chef - Nominee 2018
Outstanding Chef - Semifinalist 2017
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426 S McDowell St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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