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The Porch – Public House

In fine dining, food blog, foodie, travel on May 20, 2012 at 7:14 AM

It’s always nice to review a restaurant that you’re familiar with. Unfortunately sometimes it can be very unsettling when you find holes in the fare, the service or in what you remember as an outstanding dining experience. So it was with some hesitation that I invited a friend and a fellow foodie to join me at The Porch in Hayden. We were there on a Saturday for lunch.

The restaurant is located on Miles avenue in Hayden Idaho. Take 95 north from I90 to Miles. Turn right and drive until you reach the eastern edge of the gold course. There you’ll find The Porch – Public House.

The small local chain was founded in 1995 by three friends. Moon Time on Sherman was the first of several restaurant whose them is loosely based on the concept of neighborhood public houses in the UK.

The atmosphere is informal and inviting. The cozy bar is just the place to enjoy a Guinness or any of the several micro brews that are available.

The menu is varied and very eclectic. My two favorites are the Lamb Sandwich and the 74th Street Gumbo. If you’re a lamb fan, the sandwich is a delight – thinly sliced juicy lamb served on a fresh crunchy roll with freshly made garlicky tatsiki. They offer chips or corn pasta. Try the corn pasta, it’s a surprise and delicious. (The recipe for the corn pasta is on their website.)

If you’re looking for a authentic taste of the New Orleans French Quarter be sure and get the 74th Street Gumbo. The gumbo is the best gumbo I have ever had the pleasure of eating. It is carefully prepared and authentically crafted. It has deep flavors and an honest heat that is a result of long hours of cooking and a blending of just the right herbs and spices. Take a spoonful, close your eyes and you’ll believe your in “The Quarter” at you’re favorite New Orleans restaurant.

The Porch has daily specials. During our visit one of the daily special was a Mediterranean Lamb Pita, “Grilled, marinated lamb and red onions served on warm pita bread with house made hummus, tomatoes, cilantro and red curry yogurt sauce, accompanied by your choice of roasted corn pasta salad, potato salad or Tim’s Cascade chips”. That was too much for this “lamb fan” to resist. The lamb pita and the roasted corn pasta special was served within a very reasonable timeframe by a server that took our orders efficiently and accurately.

The lamb pita was an unexpected surprise – warm, invitingly plated and superbly seasoned with a spicy sauce and the side of roasted corn pasta. The server was attentive without being intrusive and kept our drinks from running dry.

We didn’t order desert but the menu offers a number of great deserts – one of which is the brownie. Say no more!

The Porch and it’s “sister restaurants” in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane will not disappoint, and most of the time will delight even the most discriminating foodie!!!!

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