I have been wanting to try Poole’s Diner for a long time. I’d been to Beasley’s, one of Ashley Christensen’s other Raleigh restaurants, and I thought the food there was very good. I got fried chicken and waffles. It was delicious–and I don’t even like fried chicken. However, I was not crazy about the uncomfortable seats and the chalkboard menus. Poole’s has the same chalkboard menus but normal seating. We got here early, one of the first customers, and we waited until the restaurant officially opened. We were seated quickly then and the dining room took no time to fill up. I did notice that, despite the fact that we were one of the first people there, food kept coming out of the kitchen and going to other tables while we waited for our order.
We started with the pimento cheese appetizer. Both of us thought it was a little hotter than we like pimento cheese.
Of course, we got the famous mac and cheese. I really liked it. I love a creamy mac and cheese. My friend was hoping for a more traditional mac and cheese. But I think the blend of Jarlsberg, Grana Padano and white cheddar is fab.
We also got the root vegetable au gratin, and maybe it was because of the mac and cheese, but I wasn’t tasting the au gratin part very much.
I got the special of the night, a pork chop with escarole and bread pudding. The pork chop was a tad dry, which is better than undercooked pork which I sometimes get when I order pork chops. I liked the escarole. The bread pudding tasted a bit like Thanksgiving stuffing.
For dessert, we shared a chocolate church cake with hazelnuts. This cake was great. If you like rich chocolate ganache, you’d love it.