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No Secret: Pookie's Newest Family-Run Township Eatery

But don't ask the obvious question.

Who is Pookie?

Better not ask Kent Boyer, even though the question is on his T shirt.

"If I tell you I'll have to kill you. It's a company secret," he says with a smile barely wide enough to assure you he's kidding.

What is ?

Better question.

It's Bensalem's newest family-owned restaurant.

Located in the Village Center on Bristol Road, the breakfast and lunch eatery opened Nov. 21, with seven-day- a-week service from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Boyer is at the helm along with son Nick, daughter Jennifer and their mom, Evelyn.

"It's really for the kids," said Boyer, who gestured to his ex-wife at the counter and explained that he and she get along well.

Boyer, 56, grew up in Levittown, lived in Bensalem for a while and now resides in Newtown. He has owned the laundromat in the same shopping center for eight years. That business, he said, is often complimented with the same adjectives his nearby restaurant deserves: "clean, neat and friendly."

"I know how busy this shopping center is," he said. "Setting up a restaurant has got to be one of the toughest things but I think it turned out well. ...This area needed a breakfast/lunch place, and the location I know is triple A."

Boyer gutted the former bagel shop and added pine wainscoting, a granite counter top, a glass and stone tile backdrop behind the counter, recessed nonfluorescent lighting and a large kitchen purposely in plain view through a window cutout.

"I spent a ton of dough," said Boyer alluding to another company secret.

That window opening is bordered by Christmas stockings with the names of the 16 folks who work at Pookie's. As a Patch reporter sat with Boyer, several of those employees were getting trained in customer service by a rep from food supplier Sysco.

"I want customers greeted. I want employees to be friendly. I want the customer seated quickly," said Boyer.

He says Sysco and a good friend of his familiar with the restaurant business have helped him a lot in the new endeavor.

Laundromats are a lot different than restaurants, and the latter offer more obstacles to success. Boyer said he's always loved to cook but it was his own experience as a consumer that prompted him to become a restaurant owner.

"I'd go out to breakfast and order eggs, potatoes, toast and maybe bacon and it was over $10. I thought there's got to be a better way," he said.

A glance at Pookie's varied menu shows the aforementioned order costs about $8. And that includes a homemade blueberry muffin, homemade honey butter and sliced fruit with yogurt sauce.

The menu has many unique offerings including eggs Norwegian; lemon buttermilk pancakes; crabmeat and asparagus salad; Italian pit beef sandwich; and Tyler's Tiawana dog, a hot dog wrapped in bacon and deep-fried.

And there are the burgers with Pookie's secret sauce.

You probably shouldn't ask.

Pondeli Hajioannou December 20, 2011 at 11:46 AM
Good luck with new place.
Fran December 20, 2011 at 01:50 PM
I'm excited to try it. And we will next week when I'm on vaca and the kids are off from school.
Stacy December 20, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Our family had a great meal there on Sunday and really enjoyed the service and relaxing atmospher. We will be back.
Risa Cookie J December 20, 2011 at 03:19 PM
awesome and creative menu, great fries, lots of service problems, glad they are working on that. great idea, I wish them luck! Our waitress said she thinks Pookie is a name for the grandkids but the owners won't tell. lol
Dave Fiedler December 21, 2011 at 02:10 AM
Good luck with the new restaurant. Will make a point to try it. Independents are a nice change from chains.
Sharon January 18, 2012 at 07:43 PM
My god parents and my mother ate there today. They had the worst experience ever! the potatoes were extremely greasy and also "old" looking and tasting. The country ham was not what it was made out to be. The eggs were horrible with brown stuff in them. My god father had the one steak and it was extremely raw. They said that it was very expensive for the quality of food that was served. Also they were a little appalled by the apperance of the waitress. To end the story, they all have used the bathroom twice in less then a hour. Im not complaining, I am just trying to give some feed back so the owners can fix these issues to make better business.
Joan Leonard Shapiro January 26, 2012 at 10:55 PM
There is a restaurant 3 blocks away called Catherine's. They have a two egg, great home fries, bacon and rye toast for only $3.50. If you get there before 9am. After 9 its still only $6.99.
Feldman February 10, 2012 at 05:23 PM
These people have no idea what they are talking about. I eat there all the time and I'm still in high school. I don't even have a job and I can afford the food and the food there is amazing. I take my friends their on Mondays and Wednesdays and everyday on the weekends. Pookies is one of the greatest resturants I've ever been to and I recommend it to everyone!!!!!!!
Joe Hart (Editor) February 20, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Pookie's is included in the Best Breakfast Spot poll...Vote here: http://patch.com/A-qY13
Alexander Gouch March 09, 2012 at 01:32 PM
We ate there and the food is average. Before I will recommend that place the service must get tons better. It shouldn't take thirty minutes for two omelets. And there was only seven people waiting.
frank Lee April 04, 2012 at 02:21 AM
So this is the place that kicked out my favorite bagel shop in the county? Gutted? Good word for it.
Marlinda April 17, 2012 at 03:49 PM
We have been there several times... the food and service r great. My family and I have been in the food business forever... we have eaten everywhere all over the country.. it is so refreshing for the use of real food...butter not margerine...hearty and real.. the people who spoke negative most likely have something to gain by it for themselves and everyone deserves a second chance... negative comments for such a delightful addition so soon to the community is tastless...just like their taste buds
Marlinda April 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
The bagel shop Frank is talking about moved to Galloway Rd...also there is another one in Bensalem
Edna derns May 07, 2012 at 11:57 PM
great food
tom August 31, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I'm a electrical contractor and have eaten at many places and this place is on the top of my list, food is good here haven't had a bad meal yet
Melanie January 28, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Isn't this suppose to be a review about Pookie's not Catherine's????????
Melanie January 28, 2013 at 06:13 AM
You should have said something and I'm sure they would have taken care of the food issue.
Dave Fiedler January 28, 2013 at 04:38 PM
This thread is quite old,, but apparently I am still logged to receive notices of new posts. A few things. Pookie's sold and is now under new management as of late 2012. Catherine's, since it was brought up by someone, also sold and is now Frankie's Galloway Cafe. If you're a military veteran both places are enrolled in the Bucks County Veteran Card Program to give a discount to the Veteran.

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