The Porch Restaurant and Bar

1815 K St

Sacramento, CA 95811

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ 

Located in midtown, The Porch serves up southern style food to the masses in their small restaurant. With an OpenTable reservation made, we were quickly seated by the hostess upon arrival to an available table. The restaurant was very busy with very few open tables available. We were able to finish reviewing the menu and decided on what we wanted to order before our server arrived.

Today, we decided to order the skillet mac & cheese with bacon, chicken & waffle, and the brisket & biscuit. I had also ordered a pineapple juice, which arrived in a fairly small glass that tasted OK, but was nothing special. The skillet mac & cheese arrived first in a small skillet. The sauce was very thin and did not seem too cheesy. The sauce had herb seasonings along with bits of roasted chilies, but the sauce was not thick enough and did not have body. The crispy bacon added the most flavor to the dish, but overall, the dish was quite disappointing. The chicken and waffle came with more of the delicious crispy bacon, but the graham cracker crusted chicken tasted a bit odd since the cracker crust added a bit of sweetness to the savory chicken. The fig newton waffle was also something different with the fruity accents, but the heavy vanilla bean shmear seemed overly buttery and unhealthy. The bacon-maple syrup was very thin and tasted greasy. The brisket & biscuit came with some fresh potatoes that tasted delicious. The large quantity of brisket did not taste very fresh, but had a good BBQ sauce infused in it. The Hollandaise sauce had hints of red pepper flavor, but was quite bland. The biscuits were a bit hard, and didn’t taste very good in the meal.

Overall, capturing a food coma is not very hard after eating at The Porch, but the food selection was less than desirable for us. After trying three of the most popular bunch items at The Porch, we left full but unsatisfied. Without having a discounted Costco gift card, we probably would not have come to the restaurant. Service was good, but the food does take a while to come out of the kitchen. Prices are quite high for the portion sizes received. If you really like southern food, then The Porch may be for you, but we do not see ourselves coming back here anytime soon.

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