A couple of weeks back my friends and I went to eat at The Porch. Its a fairly new restaurant, and I had heard that it had the same owner as Eat n’ Park. Now that’s not such a great association to have, so I never really had the desire to go. But boy, I was missing out. This place is classy and had interesting items on their menu.
CALAMARI – Crispy Zucchini, Spicy Marinara Sauce
There really isn’t much to say about calamari. I think Americans have an obsession over it, and although I do like it, I have a very high expectation for seafood. I have to say though, this was tender and perfectly cooked. Using more fresh ingredients (as in, right out of the ocean) would have made it the best calamari I’ve ever had. But no, it was just good, not amazing.
SMOKED WINGS BBQ, Buffalo and Bleu Cheese Dressing
By this point, I could tell that the kitchen staff put a lot of work into their food. This was also perfectly cooked – tender, juicy, but crispy on the outside. It comes with 3 sauces – ranch, Thai sauce (maybe?), and buffalo sauce. I would definitely order it again – probably one of the best wings I’ve had.
BIANCA Fig Jam, Goat Cheese, Arugula, Black Truffle Oil
This is by far my favorite item of the night. I currently have an obsession over cheese, especially goat cheese. I loved the peppery arugula with fig jam and goat cheese. The combination was creamy, thick, and decadent. It was a pie that had a nice savor/sweet mix going on. However, I don’t think I got a taste of that truffle oil, which was quite disappointing.
SMOKED PORK Pulled Pork, Marinated Roasted Tomatoes, Red Onion, & Cilantro
The pie on top is the smoked pork pie. I wasn’t impressed because I got maybe one strip of pulled pork. It really could use more meat. Also, I’m not fond of their crust – not enough char… a little under baked, even? I’m not sure what it is, but that caused me to not enjoy the other two pies we had ordered.
POTATO PIE Yukon Potatoes, Melted Leeks, Roasted Garlic, Pecorino Romano, & Farm Fresh Egg, with the other 2 pizzas.
The potato pie is the one to the far left. It was by far the worst thing on our table that night. It was under seasoned, and had no flavor. I didn’t understand the whole potato on a pizza thing – they didn’t even use potatoes that had strong potato flavor. Overall it was just bland, and greasy. I was eating bland, non-nutritious calories.
Despite my dislike for their pizza, I saw other people order sandwiches and entrees, which all looked delicious. I would definitely try to come back here again. I love the classiness of their menu, and the effort they put into their food as well. What do you all think about The Porch?
221 Schenley Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Monday – Friday 11AM until Close
Breakfast window opens at 7:00 AM
Saturday & Sunday10AM until Close