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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.

Thanks

  1. mikeop34 Apr 5, 2007 02:05 AM

    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!

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    1. re: mikeop34
      pane Apr 11, 2007 08:06 AM

      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.

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      lawrence Apr 4, 2007 04:20 PM

      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. =)

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      1. re: lawrence
        bernalgirl Apr 4, 2007 10:06 PM

        I haven't been in about two months but I've had several good meals at Front Porch, from the chix livers on brioche and the fried chicken to their specials. It's heavy food, so I appreciate the smaller portions. I haven't yet been wowed by a dessert there, though.

        1. re: bernalgirl
          readingstand Apr 16, 2007 12:11 AM

          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.)

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        chefinthecity Apr 4, 2007 10:50 AM

        i actually ate there just this past sunday night - and i really enjoyed it!
        started with:
        cornmeal fried okra,
        chicken livers on brioche,
        ginger (w. something else) soup
        hamachi crudo
        all really great flavors - my only criticism being the platings were a little rough.

        entrees
        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.

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        1. re: chefinthecity
          Lori SF Apr 4, 2007 11:18 AM

          That sounds really good, I will give it a try. Thanks

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          mrsricho Apr 3, 2007 03:18 PM

          I way preferred Maverick to Farmer's Brown if you're considering those as options.

          1. Morton the Mousse Apr 3, 2007 01:54 PM

            For that style of food, I prefer Farmer Brown. You might also consider Maverick.

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            1. re: Morton the Mousse
              pane Apr 3, 2007 02:53 PM

              I loved Farmer Brown and disliked Maverick. If I had to choose between the three, I'd go to Farmer Brown. Their happy hour specials make the bar a nice place to gather before dinner.

              1. re: pane
                Lori SF Apr 3, 2007 02:57 PM

                we have been to Framer Brown which I liked and I have been to Maverick not so hot on.

            2. Melanie Wong Apr 3, 2007 12:16 PM

              Here's one from 26 hours ago,
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/387506

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              1. re: Melanie Wong
                Lori SF Apr 3, 2007 12:22 PM

                thanks Melanie I think I may have not typed the The in my search, Yikes 3,000 cal. maybe I should go elsewhere.. however I have been craving this type of food.

                1. re: Lori SF
                  Melanie Wong Apr 3, 2007 12:31 PM

                  No, it doesn't pop up in the search engine. I just remembered reading it yesterday. It would be great if you'd report it as a bug on the Technical board with the url.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong
                    Lori SF Apr 3, 2007 12:44 PM

                    done. thanks

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