Recently I visited Raleigh, North Carolina. One of our Twitter followers, @jbphebus, suggested I stop at Poole’s Diner in Downtown Raleigh. I drove straight over as soon as I got off the plane. I arrived about 6:00pm and the city was empty. That was until I went inside Poole’s and found that all of Raleigh was here. It’s a fun little diner. They have a large bar that seats about 25 people. In addition, there are about 20 tables. I was lucky enough to snag a seat at the bar.

Buttermilk Fried Chicken
The best way to describe their menu is Southern-style diner food, dressed up and spectacular. I tried three items. First, was the chef’s special, Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Yukon Gold Mashed Potatoes. I know what you are thinking, what is so special about fried chicken and mashed potatoes? The chicken was amazing, crunchy, tender, had awesome seasoning and full of flavor. The potatoes were silky smooth creaminess. You have to try these.

Macaroni Au Gratin
I had to try their Macaroni Au Gratin. This is fresh mac and cheese on steroids. There was a crust on top of cheese. The noodles were cooked al dente. It was buttery and cheesy and absolutely amazing. If you are a macaroni and cheese fan you should really try this.

Warm Peach and Blueberry Cobbler topped with Crème Anglaise
For dessert I tried their Warm Peach and Blueberry Cobbler topped with Crème Anglaise. WOW, a ton of fresh peaches and blueberries with a creamy vanilla sauce that just danced in my mouth. The pie topping was a perfect compliment as it locked in the warmth and goodness but added texture and flavor.

The only negative things about my experience were how hot it was in the restaurant and how long it took to get the food. Being from Southern California, the humidity was killing me and Poole’s doesn’t seem to have air conditioning, or doesn’t choose to use it. That was hard for me but it seemed I was the only person melting in there. As far as the time it took for the food, I waited about 25 minutes for my dinner. Considering how busy they were I wasn’t too surprised. So when you go there, do what I did to pass the time, choose something from their extensive bar selection and enjoy yourself!

I am very glad I went here. Next time I am in the area I will be sure to return. Thank you @jbphebus for the suggestion!

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