Left: Po Moe's mobile restaurant; all photos by historymike
(Toledo, OH) Technically speaking this post belongs on Toledo Restaurant Reviews, a site launched by a loose collection of local writers and culinary afficianados. However, there is much more to this story than raving about some great barbecue.
"Po Moe" is Morris Stanley, a Toledoan with dreams of bringing his love of preparing great-tasting food to a wider audience. His operation is based in the cental city on the corner of Bancroft and Sylvan, just west of Detroit Avenue.
"It's called "Po" Moe's because there are few people poorer than me," Stanley joked. "But we love what we're doing and people keep coming back."
Left: ribs and chicken grilling on one of Po Moe's outdoor grills
The restaurant follows the summer festival cicuit in the region.
"We cover a lot of the Detroit area festivals," said Stanley. "We also hit quite a few in Toledo."
One festival in which Stanley will no longer be participating is the Toledo Rib-Off.
"When it was on the riverfront we were there every year," said Stanley. "But we are not going down to Maumee. They want $3800 up front, and there is no boater traffic like when it was on the river."
Left: tending the grill
When not traveling to an event, Stanley keeps the operation up and running on Bancroft.
"We open up on weekends, and any day the weather is decent," said Stanley. "People see the smoke from the fires and smell the barbecue, and they pull right up."
Stanley also holds down a full-time job at BP, so he opens up the restaurant "whenever I can."
I have always been unable to resist passing up good barbecue, just like my inability to decline a bratwurst with sauerkraut. The next time you are traveling near Po Moe's, pull off for some of the best barbecue in the city.
However, you won't be able to find Po Moe's open on February 5.
"We are traveling up to Detroit for the Super Bowl," Stanley said. "We have a spot on Woodward across from the Hard Rock Cafe."
Could there possibly be a better way to spend a day than eating barbecue and watching the Super Bowl?