strawberry ginger ale.
Hey there, strawberry ginger ale! Lookin’ good.
The new restaurant in Schenley Plaza, The Porch, is a nice addition to the Oakland parklet. Often the home to sunbathers and studying students, the Plaza has a chill vibe that needn’t be disturbed with a fussy culinary experience. The Porch, with its relaxed atmosphere, homemade sodas (as pictured above), relatively cost effective and straightforward fare, and green roof is a good fit. (Green as in: “hey! this roof grows stuff and what not!” not “that roof color is suspiciously Muppet colored.”)
My friends and I paid a visit on a particularly slow Friday evening. Apparently the day after Thanksgiving is an off day for eating out – too much turkey folks? Our waitress told us it was the quietest it had been, so the general emptiness is not to be expected at any other time.
The menu boasts a lot of meat, starches and carbs. Hello new friend!
We got some starters, including bowls of marinated olives, bowls of crispy potatoes and farm bread. The potatoes were my favorite, at just $3 and enough for four, they were a wallet’s and stomach’s dream. (It came with a fancy curry ketchup… honestly, I could have just as well used Heinz.)
bowl of crispy potatoes? yes please.
farm house bread with apple butter and regular butter.
I went with the roast beef sandwich for my main meal. Not for those who have recently had heart attacks, it was a butter, cheese and meat delight. It should be noted that the chef likes to make things rare (I was warned by our waitress), but I asked for it to not be mooing, and the request was granted.
roast beef sandwich and a heapin’ helpin’ of pork soup.
All in all, I really liked my first visit to this new joint, as The Porch truly lives up to its name. With the expansive windows, I felt like I was on my neighbor’s porch, sipping a refreshing bev and watching the world go by.
Reservations are not accepted, but you can put your name on a waiting list in advance of your arrival.