Monday, November 30, 2015

The Porch Restaurant and Bar

Every October for the past few years, I've visited the Porch Restaurant and Bar at least once during the month, and sometimes two or three times. I've always enjoyed my meal, but I've never gone to the restaurant during any month other than October. Why? Because that's when the Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge takes place, and until now, that's been the only time when I could reasonably expect to find vegan options on the menu.

Following last month's Sacramento Vegan Chef Challenge, however, the Porch's Chef Jon Clemons made a decision to offer vegan menu options year-round, which explains why my husband Phil and I had dinner there last night. The menu at the Porch changes daily, so the dishes I describe below may not be available when you go. Vegan items are available for brunch, lunch, and dinner, and they are clearly marked on the menu, which is updated on the Porch's website daily.

For starters, I ordered a plate of sweet potato fries, served with house-made ketchup. Very tasty!

The vegan entrée was Blackened Grit Cakes, which were served with curried butternut squash and yellow split pea purée, spinach, and apple-pecan and onion relish. These delicious cakes were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, and the squash and split pea purée was the perfect accompaniment.

The Porch's vegan desserts are always delicious, and the one on last night's menu was no exception. It was a wonderful slice of creamy pumpkin pie to round out my Thanksgiving weekend.

The Porch Restaurant and Bar is located at 1815 K Street, and their phone number is 916-444-2423. Their website address is, and their Facebook page can be found at The restaurant is open for brunch Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; and for dinner Monday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Tuesday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., Saturday from 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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