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2005/05/25 13:56:33 (permalink)

Po Folks

Wow, I miss Po Folks and there chicken. There used to be about 5 of them around me when I was growing up but the last one closed in around 1996. I know there are some more around the United States but I was wondering if there menu lives up to how it used to be. Has anyone experienced the food lately?
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    Salustra
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/05/25 15:42:34 (permalink)
    According to their website there is one in Elizabethtown, KY.
    Don't know if that's close to you - if not - ROADTRIP!

    http://www.pofolks.com/locations.htm

    Our San Diego locations all vanished about 12 years ago.
    My Dad loved going there because it was the only place he could get okra for a sidedish. My boys loved watching the model train and playing those little peg-board games while we waited for dinner.
    I think the southern-style comfort foods were a little too heavy for health-conscious Southern California. Although, they apparently still have a location in Buena Park - I may have to make a pilgrimage...
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/05/25 15:59:09 (permalink)
    Salustra,
    Unless they have improved the Buena Park store considerably, it wouldn't be worth the trip. We used to go to PoFolks back here in Kentuckiana and enjoyed the catfish and gumbo and chicken too. The CFS was pretty good and made a great lunch special. Then we tried the SoCal store..Next to the 6 Flags Wax Museum and across from Medival Times, up the street from Knox's. It was a disaster. The Teenie-bopper help acted like they were at McDonalds, and the portions were half that of the Mid-West menu. Quality and Quantity suffered greatly. We tried it twice (last in 2000) and gave up. I don't believe the E-Town store is still in operation either. If it is let me know and we will do another Fort Knox run to check it out.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/05/25 19:47:48 (permalink)
    Is this the place that serves or served your drink in a Mason jar? If so, it's the same place we used to eat breakfast at on the way down to the Outer Banks (or if we were going camping in Maryland or Virginia) when my daughter was little. I think the one we went to might've been in Seaford, Delaware, and it was right on Route 13 South. I thought it was a pleasant family place.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/05/25 23:10:43 (permalink)
    Yep, thats the one...The mason jars...
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/05/25 23:13:43 (permalink)
    We went to one in Sierra Vista, AZ a couple of years ago when I went out there for my daughters wedding. She was stationed there at the time doing additional training. It was never my favorite place, but it was ok. I know my ex loved their chicken and dumplings.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/06/02 11:20:04 (permalink)
    There is a great Po Folks on 34th St. in St. Petersburg, FL. Their fried chicken, pork chops, catfish and other items are excellent
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/06/07 18:24:41 (permalink)
    Oh gosh, I had to snicker at this one. Two years ago, my family went to Florida for Christmas, and we drove by a Po Folks restaurant. I didn't realize that the restaurant's name was meant to sound like southern speech, and looking at the red and white exterior of the restaurant, assumed it to be a PO-lish restaurant, which I thought was interesting to see. My mother still laughs at that...
    We didn't try it, as my little cousin wanted to try Long John Silver's. I may now go there one day.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/06/07 18:54:49 (permalink)
    Isn't this the chain that Burt Reynolds was part owner of?
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/06/07 19:18:47 (permalink)
    I think I am sorry but most of the Po Folks folded. They were in Knoxville and went beely up. I have noticed in other locations the same happened. I am not sure but it may be because all they served was fried food?? Personally I enjoyed what they had when I ate there. Perhaps their leadership took them under?? I do not know??

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/06/07 22:15:10 (permalink)
    They lost me when I ordered something call "Po Taters" expecting some good old fried potatoes like mom used to make. Turned out to be french fries. Yuk.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/06/16 21:42:06 (permalink)
    One of Po Folks founders recently tried starting up a new restaurant concept here in Nashville called Rooster's. It lasted about 2 months. He put more money remodelling an old Shoney's than he spent on preparing good food. Actually, the food wasn't bad but they tried to push the "concept" so hard that it was annoying. Plus their cornbread sucked. That can't be good for a country cooking restaurant.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/07/19 02:08:51 (permalink)
    The sad truth is that Po' Folks was ruined by poor planning, especially with they started franchising. Many of the franchisees were bandwagon jumpers, thinking it was a hot commodity, but a lot of those had no prior restaurant management experience. In my city the 3 locations might as well have been different entities--no consistency at all unless you count them all usually at the bottom of the monthly newspaper health ratings.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/07/19 19:37:38 (permalink)
    I just moved back to NJ from Southern CA............I used to stop once in a while at the Po Folks in Buena Park....It was next to the wax museum , and right down the street from Knotts Berry Farm....I would feel like a tourist for a day.....

    I knew it was the last of a dying breed, so I think that added to the thrill for me.......

    For around $5.00, they had a big bucket of fried chicken, which was usually real decent..........

    It's got the miniature train that keeps traveling around overhead. And the few times I dined inside there, at least I always got a friendly waitress....

    ellen f

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    RE: Po Folks 2005/07/19 23:25:17 (permalink)
    I used to love going to the four that were around Louisville, especially Clarksville. When I worked 2nd shift at Wal-Mart, I used to go there for supper all the time. I usually got their chicken and dumplings.

    As I'll be going thru E-town on Saturday, I'll see if I can stop by and see what that location's status is.

    I think the Clarksville store closed because it started attracting a certain clientele that drove other customers away. As someone that went there for years regular, I think I can vouch for the reason.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/07/23 12:57:57 (permalink)
    Thanks, Bedford:

    I'll be looking forward to your update on the E'Town location!!!!!!
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/07/24 13:47:21 (permalink)
    Sad to say, the E-town location is no more; it is now a Mexican restaurant.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/08/03 21:54:29 (permalink)
    I used to love Po Folks, their to go chicken dinners, complete with Sweet Tea, were a staple of Saturday night dining in my family throughout the 80s & early 90s.

    Towards the end of Po Folks' run in St. Louis, they got rid of many of my favorite things about the resturant. They got rid of all the vintage stuff off the walls, and they stopped serving Nehi & RC from bottles in barrels at the front of the store.

    Po Folks was like Cracker Barrel, but they had much better food. You can't even get fried chicken at a Cracker Barrel...They still have a website at Pofolks.com, which lists their few remaining resturants, which are mostly in Florida. I plan on going to Tampa next month, so I will be sure to hit the one in St. Pete on my visit.

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    RE: Po Folks 2005/08/04 00:15:42 (permalink)
    Hey...Rt66Mike

    Be sure and call that location off their website...i have found two locations that are on their website that are no longer in business...I have tried to email me but they have not responded.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/08/06 10:05:02 (permalink)
    Here in NC the passing of the brand into oblivion was greeted with a sigh of relief and a general question of "Wonder if ther next occupant of the store will have decent food, good food, and competent management?"

    Worst run franchise ever...well maybe Kenny Roger's was worse but not by much.
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    RE: Po Folks 2005/08/06 10:51:37 (permalink)
    Never ate there. It's reputation preceeded it. Much like CB, now. Only ate there under duress of family members.

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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/07 12:30:23 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by BTB

    There is a great Po Folks on 34th St. in St. Petersburg, FL. Their fried chicken, pork chops, catfish and other items are excellent.

    Wow, is that still there? I remember going there in the mid 80's when I lived down there. If memory serves me correctly it was near 22nd Ave. I do remember the sides being very good. Don't remember much about the entree's though. I remember making a meal of the sides many times. And that was rare for me. Especially at a restaurant. Never cared for restaurant vegees.
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/07 13:22:06 (permalink)
    They opened in Knoxville better than 20 years ago. They featured sould food, chicken and catfish. At first they were good but they went downhill real fast.

    Paul E. Smith
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/07 13:34:06 (permalink)
    In the thread about grammar and spelling on menus there are some comments about PO FOLKS in the present tense. According to their website there are about a dozen restaurants still open...all but one are in Florida or close to it. The exception is one store located near Knotts Berry Farm in Buena Park, CA.
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/07 19:25:10 (permalink)
    Panama City, FL has at least 2

    I know this because my Grandmother loves to eat there and she takes me everytime I visit her.

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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/08 11:12:34 (permalink)
    There were several around the San Antonio area here in Texas. The one on Walzem Road is now an IHOP.
    Never forget how they had in the paper years ago about the manager of the Walzem one being shot and killed in a robbery there.Business at that one seemd to die off after that happend and it sat empty for years.
    We also had the Black Eye Pea on Walzem too which was pretty good.Now I think there is only one in town. We liked the Black Eye Pea had good food.
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/08 11:24:57 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by ellen4641

    I just moved back to NJ from Southern CA...




    Now that's sad.
    I left Bayonne in 74 for Huntington Beach never looking back. Not even for the food.

    Ted
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/08 11:52:20 (permalink)
    I will say that we used to hit the PO FOLKS in Clarksville, IN for work-day lunches fairly often. The Gumbo was very good. The Whole Catfish were outstanding, The Fish Sandwiches were also very good, once you scraped off about half of the tartar sauce they put on it.

    It is sort of like comparing Apples and Oranges, due to the number of years between the two developing chains, But in my opinion PO FOLKS was a pretty good choice most of the time, while Cracker Barrel is disappointing more often than not.

    Ted,
    I grew up in SoCal, but spent a number of years in "The East", including 6 in Ocean County N J . Then back to SoCal for 15 years, and now in Indiana (Louisville area). There are times when I miss my SoCal Desert homeland a lot and I look at the scenery everytime I can....but I love our home in Indiana and would not return to SoCal to "Live" again. Different choices for different folks, thats for sure.
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/08 12:10:33 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen


    Ted,
    I grew up in SoCal, but spent a number of years in "The East", including 6 in Ocean County N J . Then back to SoCal for 15 years, and now in Indiana (Louisville area). There are times when I miss my SoCal Desert homeland a lot and I look at the scenery everytime I can....but I love our home in Indiana and would not return to SoCal to "Live" again. Different choices for different folks, thats for sure.


    No offense intended, I'm just narrow minded in comparing my first 20 years off Exit 14A with the next 35 in Surf City.
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    RE: Po Folks 2008/01/08 12:16:26 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Frankman

    quote:
    Originally posted by BTB

    There is a great Po Folks on 34th St. in St. Petersburg, FL. Their fried chicken, pork chops, catfish and other items are excellent.

    Wow, is that still there? I remember going there in the mid 80's when I lived down there. If memory serves me correctly it was near 22nd Ave. I do remember the sides being very good. Don't remember much about the entree's though. I remember making a meal of the sides many times. And that was rare for me. Especially at a restaurant. Never cared for restaurant vegees.


    Yes, it is in the parking lot of the shopping center on the southeast corner of 22nd Ave. N. and 34th St. N. in St. Pete. I go there occasionally for a chicken or fish fix. The place is always packed on the weekends.

    John
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