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Poe Boy Luncheon

3000 Dickerson Pike, Nashville, TN - (615) 226-1957
Posted By Michael Stern on 10/19/2012 6:52:00 AM
The dining-room aroma at Poe Boy is exhilarating: hot pork chops, pungent greens, earthy sweet potatoes. I was on a chicken bender (Poe Boy is around the corner from Prince's Hot Chicken Shack) and asked for a breast quarter. This is roast chicken, falling-apart tender, sopped with zesty barbecue sauce and laced with limp onions. Radiant with flavor, it is food like I wish my grandmother had made. The chicken came with brightly-seasoned mac 'n' cheese and luxuriously limp cabbage. For crumbling on top and mopping up juices, the plate was adorned with a thick slab of griddle-cooked hot water cornbread with crisp outsides and moist interior.

And dessert! There is only one to know about: caramel cake. A bundt-shaped loaf of creamy yellow cake is enrobed with a thick coat of golden-brown caramel frosting. Eat it right and each forkful will be about 3/4 cake and 1/4 caramel. It is a heavenly end to a divine meal.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Meat & Two
Braised Cabbage
Caramel Cake
Hot Water Cornbread
Macaroni & Cheese
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Caramel cake is very simple, but the combination of silky yellow cake and sweet frosting cannot be improved in any way. Poe Boy sells it by the whole cake as well as by the slice.
"Caramel cake is very simple, but the combination of silky yellow cake and sweet frosting cannot be improved in any way. Poe Boy sells it by the whole cake as well as by the slice."
Michael Stern





Meat and two: chicken breast plus cabbage and mac 'n' cheese. There are no words to describe just how tender and bursting with flavor the chicken is.
"Meat and two: chicken breast plus cabbage and mac 'n' cheese. There are no words to describe just how tender and bursting with flavor the chicken is."
Michael Stern


Crunchy outside, moist within, hot water cornbread is an ideal soul-food meal companion.
"Crunchy outside, moist within, hot water cornbread is an ideal soul-food meal companion."
Michael Stern


If you plan on eating at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack but the line is too long, Poe Boy is just around the corner; and while it does not serve hot chicken, it is a Roadfood gem in its own right.
"If you plan on eating at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack but the line is too long, Poe Boy is just around the corner; and while it does not serve hot chicken, it is a Roadfood gem in its own right."
Michael Stern


I never would think of putting cabbage on my list of Top Ten Favorite Vegetables, but Poe Boy's version smashes such preconceptions.
"I never would think of putting cabbage on my list of Top Ten Favorite Vegetables, but Poe Boy's version smashes such preconceptions."
Michael Stern


Dense and chewy, Poe Boy's mac 'n' cheese had a nice pepper punch.
"Dense and chewy, Poe Boy's mac 'n' cheese had a nice pepper punch."
Michael Stern


The doorway to one of Nashville's most satisfying meals.
"The doorway to one of Nashville's most satisfying meals."
Michael Stern


Inside Poe Boy Luncheon, just before lunch hour
"Inside Poe Boy Luncheon, just before lunch hour"
Michael Stern


Poe Boy menu
"Poe Boy menu"
Michael Stern


Kadarius, the chef's boy, was playing with his toys at the side of the dining room. He was kind enough to pose for this picture, only on the condition that he be allowed to take one of me.
"Kadarius, the chef's boy, was playing with his toys at the side of the dining room. He was kind enough to pose for this picture, only on the condition that he be allowed to take one of me."
Michael Stern


Portrait of M. Stern, by Kadarius
"Portrait of M. Stern, by Kadarius"
Michael Stern



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