With its double horseshoe bar and red leather furnishings, this cozy diner harks to the original 1950s “Poole’s.” Poole’s Diner was the first solo venture by Ashley Christensen, one of Raleigh’s local celebrity chefs and winner of the 2014 James Beard Award for “Best Chef: Southeast.” Poole’s gathers seasonal and local ingredients for their daily rotating menu and specializes in serving elevated southern comfort food.