James Beard Foundation:
Ashley Christensen: Best Chef: Southeast, 2014
From the restaurant's website:
"'Life is short, eat dessert first.' John Poole may have taken Winston Churchill's words to heart when he opened Poole's Pie Shop in 1945 at 426 S. McDowell Street. ... In its latest incarnation Poole's has returned to its diner roots under the ownership of Chef Ashley Christensen. Marrying a clean aesthetic with retro-chic charm, Christensen restored and highlighted the 'bones' of the original restaurant, including the double horseshoe bar and red leather banquettes, pairing it with modern elements like Lucite chairs, and oversized blackboard menus that change daily based on season and availability."
"Ashley Christensen, former chef of Raleigh's groundbreaking restaurant Enoteca Vin, is expressing her talented self at her 1940s-era diner now transformed into a hot, 21st-century bistro. ... Take your time ordering while sipping one of the bar's creative cocktails: Truman 75, a cucumber-infused Hendrick's gin topped off with Prosecco and lemon, or Poole's Black Tea, house-made tea vodka with fresh lemon soda."