Located in a prefab shopping/living development (think Disney meets Santa Monica on a small scale) 30 minutes south of Salt Lake, you’ll find a modern and cozy restaurant serving up comfort food with craft cocktails. Porch serves simple, crave-able food with a focus on Southern dishes.
The thought of driving to Daybreak for brunch was kind of crazy. It’s about a half hour away, and there are plenty of good brunch spots closer to home. But, it was a gorgeous sunny fall day, perfect for a long drive; and we’d heard interesting things about Porch. Good enough to convince us to leave Salt Lake, and we’re so happy we did.
The restaurant is open and airy. Large windows allow you to enjoy the unobstructed view of the Wasatch mountains. An open kitchen, located in the middle of the restaurant is also interesting to observe. Watching your food being made is awesome.
Drinks were ordered. I opted for the Bloody Mary ($5), a tasty and savory way to start a meal. Dave opted for the more sophisticated Sunrise Julep ($6) – a combination of Jim Bean, mint, lemon, honey and soda. Both were ideal for brunch and very reasonably priced.
Dave ordered the Chicken Biscuits ($10), Fried chicken and biscuits were covered in a blanket of peppercorn gravy and topped with a runny egg and diced green onions. The best part of the dish were the housemade biscuits. The biscuits were fluffy, crispy and crumbly, perfectly standing up to the rich gravy and fried chicken. The Bruleed Half Grapefruit ($3) was an ideal accompaniment to the dish – tart and sweet speckled with Maldon salt.
I opted for the House-Cured Utah Trout ($10.00). My plate was decorated with pieces of trout and dollops of buttermilk dressing, with scatterings of hard boiled eggs, bacon, red onion and crispy trout skin chips. Assembling each bite from a pallet of flavors and color was a pleasure. This dish was more substantial than you would think, but I couldn’t resist the Brunch Fixins.
To accompany my trout, I ordered the House Biscuit with butter and jam ($1). Porch’s biscuits are delicious – crumbly, yet fluffy and tender on the inside, served with a housemade jam and apple butter. The Spiked Watermelon ($3) consisted of delectable slices of ripe watermelon drizzled with a cider bourbon vinaigrette. The Brunch Fixin menu is delightful. There’s a perfect match for anything you order.
It’s a blessing to have a nice restaurant serving killer cocktails and comfort food classics in the South end of the valley. Porch’s brunch options proved unique and delicious. Any qualms we had about leaving Salt Lake City proper for brunch were quashed the minute our food hit the table. I think we’ll be back to further explore the menu.