Out of sight: The Front Porch 

The Front Porch

65A 29th St.

(415) 695-7800

Hard to find factor: 3

1 Not too bad

2 Takes some searching

3 Ask a native

4 Bring a map

Neighborhood: Outer Mission

On the downlow since: 2006

Porch poaching: Of course, we kind of expected a sweeping, wrap-around porch, with Adirondack chairs and big wicker rockers when we showed up to the still-new Front Porch restaurant. Instead, we discovered a rather ramshackle front porch, with a porte cochere constructed of corrugated steel. We’ll call it old-school. Mismatched tables with randomly chosen chairs (some of them rocking) provide a quirky hip space to wait for your table and have a glass of wine or a pint of beer. The expansive indoor bar and the friendly bartenders are a good alternative when the weather outside is more forbidding.

Southern comfort: Our appetites whetted, we immediately ordered a bowl of sweet and spicy nuts ($2.25) and pickled veggies and eggs ($2). The nuts came as advertised and quite delicious, which was offset very nicely by the pickled plate. One thing about Front Porch’s menu, is there is a very conscientious effort to cull and nurture every taste bud. We nearly fainted when we took our first spoonful of the eatery’s Dungeness crab and sweet white corn grit porridge ($11.50), which tasted as rich and creamy as a freshly peeled stick of butter. And would you believe it, The simple Porch Burger ($11) was one of the best burgers we’d ever had. If you’re a big group, heck, why not just order a bucket of Miss Mollie’s Organic Fried Chicken ($29.50) to split among yourselves, which is served in a peppy red and white stripped container and comes with two sides.

Hometown hospitality: Typically, we hate waiting 20 minutes for a table, but the staff at Front Porch was so gosh darn nice, we didn’t mind that much, especially when our hostess was a peach to keep us continually updated on our ETA for a booth. We did, unfortunately, have a bit of a terse interaction with our waitress when she misunderstood our question regarding our missing sides as a demand for prompter service. Once we clarified our intentions, that radiant smile returned and she even brought us out a wonderful piece of yellow cake (— we mean this as the highest compliment, the yummy kind from a box) on the house.

Know any hidden gems? E-mail us at outofsight@examiner.com and tell us your favorite off-the-beaten path haunts.

Tags: ,

About The Author

Staff Report

Staff Report

Bio:
A daily newspaper covering San Francisco, San Mateo County and serving Alameda, Marin and Santa Clara counties.
Pin It
Favorite

More by Staff Report

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Videos

Most Popular Stories

© 2018 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation