The Porch is where we ended up for a post-CIM brunch. DD and I were able to leave our car at the Hyatt since we had already paid the $17 day-fee – our day lasted until 4pm. Carlos had kindly researched places on Yelp when I mentioned that I was in the mood for Fried Chicken after my marathon.
So we walked a couple of blocks. I felt fine, the legs a little achy, my body a little sore. Finally we saw the rectangular, low-slung building, gleaming white in the sun, with a true-to-its name porch for al fresco dining.
Yes, that photo above is a Punchbowl, full of Bloody Mary goodness, served ever-so-quaintly in little glass cups, so you can sip your drink genteely as you ponder whether to order the shrimp-and-grits or chicken and waffles. Tart and a bit spicy, the Bloody Marys hit the spot. I think the mix was, on the whole, a tad lighter on the alcohol, which was just fine by me.
Our server answered our numerous questions with aplomb (was the fried chicken just white meat? would it be possible to get just one piece of fried chicken? Could we have a little crock of ranch dressing?), left us, and soon provided with a little amuse of sweet corn-and-poppyseed muffin to start. Alas, at this point I was so very tired of anything sweet, having had my fill of energy drink and 5 Gus over the course of the marathon.
DD and I shared a Fried Oyster Caesar salad, which was fantastic and crunchy-savoury and exactly what I wanted.
We also shared Fried Green Tomatoes with Bacon with Carlos and Sofia, also yummy, topped with feta, accompanied by hard boiled egg wedges and what they called their “Memphis Dressing.”
And then because spectating and cheering in the rain for 4 hours was also hard and taxing, there was the Pepperjack Mac ‘N Cheese: a rich monstrosity of ooey, gooey cheese and pasta.
Ultimately I decided not to get the Fried Chicken dish after all. I had been hoping for dark meat as well as white, with collard greens. The Chicken and Waffle, proclaimed as their most popular, and a permanent menu item, sounded a bit too sweet with the waffle and maple mashed sweet potatoes. Instead, I opted for the “B.O.D.,” or Burger of the Day, which came with fries, and on the burger, fried onion rings and bacon.
Alas, by the time our main courses reached us I was already too full from all the appetizers and sides (not surprisingly) to even take a bite of the burger, but I did nibble on after a while. It tasted a tad overcooked and dry, but good enough when I gobbled it down hours later, when we were back in San Francisco.
The Porch Restaurant and Bar
1815 K St Sacramento, CA 95811