I had written a glowing review about the breakfast experience there, but we went back a couple of days later for dinner and were disappointed. We ordered chicken-fried steak, and I don't see how that could have been the type of pounded steak I buy at the grocery store. The texture was consistently squishy and spongy. I took off the coating (which was very good, by the way) and examined the "meat" for any sign that it was anything but a preformed mush with perhaps a lot of textured vegetable protein. I did not see any connective tissue or signs of real meat. Just a patty that seemed to be formed out of some sort of spongy mush. You could have cut it with a cheap plastic fork. The green salad hardly had anything in it and was not good.
We wanted baked potatoes but even though it was only 6 p.m., were told there weren't any baked potatoes left. I could have mashed ones or french fries. Wasn't really in the mood for fries but got them anyway. They seemed to also be of a weird texture, perhaps extruded from a potato paste? Another disappointment, as I thought everything was supposed to be homemade there.
My vegetables were awful and I could not eat them. Frozen cauliflower and broccoli, all mushy and watery and tasteless with no seasoning that we could detect. There were several "homemade" pies listed for dessert choices, but after being told, choice after choice, that they were "all out", we finally had to ask what WAS available. There were two kinds, and we ordered key lime pie. I am sorry if I am wrong about this, but I have had a lot of grocery-store frozen key lime pies, and this was exactly like them, both in texture and flavor.
Our bill seemed pretty expensive, but when we are served wonderful meals, we never feel bad about paying for them. But this experience was not a good one. I still wish the owners well, as I like Pete's Place and the two families are related. Can't say I will go back to Pop's, though. It isn't cool to look forward to going out to dinner and coming home so disappointed.