Retro-chic update of a venerable diner
American · $$$
The chalkboard menus change with the seasons at this Raleigh staple with a history dating to 1945, but diners can always expect elevated plates of American classics (think salads, burgers and mac 'n' cheese) paired with cocktails and finished with signature cakes and pies. As an homage to the original design, a double horseshoe bar is surrounded by red leather banquettes under stamped tin ceilings, creating a retro-chic vibe.
hours Open Today · 5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 12:00 AM
location 426 South McDowell Street, Raleigh, NC 27601, USA phone +1 919-832-4477 website ac-restaurants.com directions Get Directions
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Google Reviews
As many others have said, the mac n' cheese is on another level - truly scrumptious. But more importantly, the people here are first rate. The bartender was knowledgeable and able to recommend several drink and meal options. I was visiting the area, and the manager came out to visit with me, and not only boxed up my mac n cheese for later (bring your appetite!) but also gave me a written list of places to visit while I was in Raleigh. Even though I came alone, I felt welcomed and important. I'd recommend this place to anyone!
Erika Berger · May 1, 2018
If you see a line out the door, you’re at the right place. Don’t keep walking - stop and wait! Trust the hundreds of diners before you - this is where you want to eat. Forever. If you didn’t already know, the Mac and cheese is from another planet. However, there’s so many amazing things happening on this menu - don’t stop just there. As you might see from my pictures, my friends and I did family style, which is both amazing and scary (scary to have to share when you want the last bit of collards and amazing because you can try so many wonderful things!). Whatever you do, you can’t do wrong.
Katie Taylor · April 16, 2018
Very nice atmosphere and cool theme. However as far as the food... Mine was not as good as I had expected it to be from the reviews. I may have just ordered the least popular item of the day but I like trying new things so I figured I'd give it a go. But overall was a good experience. Everyone else in my part seemed to be satisfied.
Miles Beene · April 8, 2018