Saturday, February 27, 2016

The Porch Wakefield

The Porch Southern Fare in Wakefield opened recently on Tuttle Street and was easy to get to.

Getting out if there was another story since at both ends of the street you can only turn right and left and neither takes you back to where you come from.

You order at the counter and then pick up when you name is announced. It was pleasant and bright inside with just a few tables available. Mine was on the wobbly side. There is an open kitchen where you can watch the food being prepared. Not sure where the BBQ is being cooked since there was no sign of a smoker.

The menu is on the wall with some specials at the counter. 

I went with The Revelator, Meat Loaf Sandwich ($7). "Slab of beef and pork, American Roll, spicy ketchup and pickled sweet peppers." It hard to see in the picture but there is a substantial slice of meatloaf underneath the peppers. The meatloaf was super moist and really tasty. The sweet pickled peppers were also very good, could have been pickled a bit more to get some more acidity in them. The spicy ketchup wasn't. The bread from Nashoba Brook Bakery in Concord that is delivered daily was excellent. I would have been happier if this was priced at $7.95 or even $8.95 and included a couple of sides. That what you get at Blue Ribbon for example and their sides there are very generous. I was curious as to what the black stuff on the bottom was and kept rereading the description but nothing should be black.

I finally turned over the meatloaf and it was all charred on the bottom. No big deal, adds character.

I went back a couple of days later to try the fried chicken and got another wobbly table.

This is the Fried Chicken Platter with two small sides ($13). I ordered all dark and got a big drumstick and a gargantuan wing. The brined chicken was perfectly fried with a tasty and crisp outside and a really moist inside. It's hard to see the size of the pieces but they were substantial. The mashed potatoes were nice and buttery but the Collard Greens was the star and was outstandingly good! They might have been a tad too vinegary for me but despite that they got devoured. This was an excellent meal even if it was on the pricier side. They have public WiFi available with the password nicely displayed, however, unless you knew what was here before you have no idea what to connect to.

The Porch Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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