The Front Porch any recent visits?
- Lori SF Apr 3, 2007 12:13 PM
Thinking about going there with some friends, did a search couldn't any reports.
i actually ate there just this past sunday night - and i really enjoyed it!
cornmeal fried okra,
chicken livers on brioche,
ginger (w. something else) soup
all really great flavors - my only criticism being the platings were a little rough.
i had the special of that night
the pomegranate glazed short-ribs with a scallion dumpling and fried plantain
really outstanding! i'm obsessed w. anything pomegranate and you can never go wrong w. short ribs so this absoloutely perfect for me. again, my criticism from above was repeated for all the platings on the entrees as well.
my friends had: the pork loin w. cabbage/apple slaw and the fried chicken
all in all - the service was impeccable, all the flavors were bold and satisfying and i loved the room - which reminded me of a really super casual "spotted pig" ( i love the ceiling!)
one of the best new places i've been to in a while.
i've been to the front porch 3 times in the last 4 months and love it. last time i had the chicken liver on brioche (with extra pan sauce) and the special, corned beef hash using sweet potatoes instead of russets. all very good and well seasoned.
my one complaint is their portions tend to be small. when i think of soul food, i think 2-3 helpings. =)
If you haven't been wowed by a dessert, you mustn't've tried the yellow cake w/choc. icing. It's not sophisticated and probably, not, objectively speaking, truly fantastic, but it tastes *just* like my idealized memories of childhood birthday cakes. It will bring out and deeply please your inner 10-year-old. Plus there's whipped cream. (The same baker also makes for the FP a red velvet cake w/coconut icing--not the same nostalgia rush, unless your mom was more adventurous in her birthday baking than mine, but also very good.)
Solid overall experience here a couple months ago. The place gets packed (and only takes reservations for 5 or more I think), so you may have to wait a while at the bar.
Anyhow, the chicken is really good and fresh, but I've always liked fried chicken w/ gravy, so it may seem a little dry even w/ the hot sauce they provide. We also had a salmon ceviche, crab grits, brussels sprouts and fries. The ceviche was really good, and for only $5 not a bad start to the meal. Crab grits were nice and creamy w/ decent amt of crab. Brussels sprouts and fries were good but nothing special unless that's what you feel like at the time. Also, while we waited at the bar, we had some sweet and spicy mixed nuts, really good, too!
The brussels sprouts we had were fantastic--I'd never had them before at Front Porch, so I don't know if this is their usual preparation, but they were roasted and coated in molasses and chili. My friend and I were blown away by how delicious they were, and neither of us really liked sprouts to begin with--the server convinced us to split and order.