Porch Kitchen and Bar
Porch Kitchen & Bar
One of the Best Sunday Brunches in the City
I don’t care what it is you are in the mood for, this city has it. American, Asian, Seafood, Caribbean, Southern, you name it, you will find it somewhere in this city. Maybe even a fusion of all 5 (trust me, someone here has it). This time I went to my second favorite part of the city, Downtown Louisville. Porch and Kitchen Bar located in the Downtown Louisville Marriott on West Jefferson is an awesome up and coming elevated American kitchen. Not only is it in the very heart of downtown, but it is also adjacent to the Louisville Falls City Market and Omni Hotel. But Porch and Kitchen is an attention holder all on its own.
First, I really loved the openness and lighting. The seating will remind you of the Cheesecake Factory with the booth to chair like seating, but it’s 10xs better as the spacing between seats and walkways are just right and I didn’t have to worry about ice-skating across the restaurant to the bathroom because of slick floors. Depending on where you sit you can also get in some good people watching. It’s something about seeing people enjoy themselves downtown or having conversations at the bar with smiles on their faces that puts one on mine. The porch is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner 7 days a week 6:30am-12 or 1 am and has brunch added to that on the weekends from 7am-4pm. My friend and I decided to try their brunch; surprise, surprise, I know.
We went on a Sunday around 11:00 am and it was busy but not overly packed (it started getting to the busy stage when we left around 12:45pm-1). We were seated close to the entrance and I was able to face the bar area and televisions. If there was a game on, I would’ve been in Heaven. The bar area was so large I could see all of what they were stocked with from where I was sitting. A very nice large bar with Many choices. I will have to go back to try it on a night out on the town to get the up close and personal experience. I did get to enjoy a libation at my seat, however, I chose the Three Orange Mimosa, made with Absolute, Blood Orange, and freshly pressed orange juice. It was delicious. I tried to be ladylike this time and not suck my drink down like a frat boy, which was easy because it was large! I was very impressed with the size. My friend, unfortunately, didn’t get to partake in the drinking this time as Dayquil and liquor just don’t mix. But she was very happy with her meal which is more than made up for not being able to drink.
Being that my friend was fighting a cold she didn’t order her usual spread. She told me she had been here for dinner and loved it, so she expected the same experience for brunch. She chose the smoked brisket hash. It is smoked brisket with spicy bbq sauce, veggie sweet pepper, and a fried egg on top of a bed of crispy shredded hash browns. I was only able to get a small bite (never mess with a hungry woman who hasn’t eaten regularly in 3 days hopped up on sinus meds) but what I was able to taste was delicious. And they believe in hefty portions there, so she had more than enough to take home for later. I decided on the smoked salmon toast. Fresh salmon with caper whipped cream cheese, pickled onion, and arugula atop a thick buttery toasted brioche bun. I also ordered a side of hash browns which were just crispy enough and cooked to perfection. I did not have leftovers. Trust me, it was a sizeable meal, it was just That good. If you are not a fan of raw salmon, I wouldn’t suggest this dish. I don’t know if it can be cooked at request but honestly, if it were it would take away from the dish in my opinion. The cream cheese was a perfect accompaniment to the salmon and brioche toast. It was a little heavy on the arugula, but I didn’t mind too much as I was so consumed with the rest of the dish, I just pushed the extra to the side. Hey, they wanted me to get my veggies in, I can’t be mad!
It was honestly one of the best brunches in the city I have ever had. From the atmosphere to the service, and most importantly the food. I will be returning this spring or summer to try and to review dinner and will probably make it a night out so I can partake in some of those bar drinks. For those who are wanting a more sophisticated night on the town, they have an extensive wine list with reds and whites from Napa and Sonoma and for a Really special night out, they have selections of Moet and Dom Perignon. I am so excited for this establishment to be a part of Louisville’s ever growing-changing food scene and hope that it becomes a permanent downtown fixture for many years to come.