Anyone try the newest incarnation of Poole's Downtown Diner in Raleigh yet?
I had dinner there on Saturday night. I'm curious to see what opinions anyone has formed yet.
Dinner for three was $80 without tip, took two hours and we were still hungry afterwards. I know they've just opened and should cut them some slack, but this was nuts. If they don't improve immediately, they won't make it to April. It was kind of diner food as promised, but sides aren't included. The sides aren't cheap....$7 for mash potatoes, because they were fried? The service was dreadful. She dropped off our drinks and didn't come back for an hour and a half until the food arrived. I'm not quite sure why the food took so long, most of it seemed to to be cooked ahead of time. We had the roasted chicken, pot roast, fried flounder, winter greens, sweet potatoes, and fried mashed potatoes. All I can figure they had to cook to order were the fried flounder and fried mashed. The portions were small. They only have the menu on a chalk board on the wall, which will be a problem when (if?) they get busy. There seemed to be a lot of people working that night too.
After we ate, we were still a little hungry, so we went to Mitch's for chili and beer. We had great service and it was cheap. Clearly, we should have gone to Poole's for a drink and they had dinner at Mitch's...which is now nonsmoking, by the way.