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Po' Folks -- a chowhound's guilty pleasure.

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Po' Folks -- a chowhound's guilty pleasure.

Jerry Bank | Jan 9, 2002 07:12 AM

First my credentials as a chowhound. I love to eat and will try anything. I grew up as a Jewish kid in the Bronx, so Chinese food is part of my cultural heritage.

In the old days, when eating in Chinatown (NY) the waiters would often say "Americans don't like that". That would make me want it more. I seek out the strange parts of the cow (spleen, lung, etc.).

So what do I have to do with Po' Folks? There used to be on near where I live in NJ. I tried it because I had a coupon. I was amazed. I guess you could call it poor white trash ethnic food.

The place closed down. I was horrified. Imagine my pleasure in finding one of the few remaining Po' Folks in St. Pete, where we run an annual chamber music workshop.

The food is just as good and greasy -- the chicken fried steak a marvel of taste, along with its library paste gravy. The prices are pretty much what they were five years ago. I'm in heaven.

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