The Porch: A Damn Fine Place for a Cold One

Categories: Drinking

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Summer is close. Maybe it's already here. And as the air thickens and becomes heavy, finding places to have a drink that aren't dark and super conditioned caves becomes more and more of a challenge. In my perfect life, I'd have a small house, somewhere in Oak Cliff or East Dallas, with a sizable front porch, outfitted with ceiling fans and a swing. I'd drink there often.

As it stands I'm relegated to an apartment building, built of paper and plastic. There's a balcony, but it sucks, worth one beer in fair weather at best. Enter Henderson Avenue's The Porch: a casual brasserie for those of us with no veranda at home. When the heat comes (and it will) fans blowing a cooling but oddly humid mist will do their best to keep despair at bay.

You could have a few pints here. Swill them down while enjoying a salad you wanted to be healthy but is definitely not. Other menu items were good enough to garner three of out 100 favorite dishes last year. (I have a feeling the restaurant will be featured on the list this year, too.) And then there's the burgers.

It was just over a year ago I first encountered the Stodg burger, named after Dallas lawyer Steve Stodghill. It's packed with tomato, onion, melted cheddar, and a fried egg on a bun smeared with foie gras butter. I don't know this Mr. Stodghill, but I fear for his well-being.

Location Info

The Porch

2912 N. Henderson Ave., Dallas, TX

Category: Music

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Is parking available? I love it it when you revitalize a neighborhood, and then offer no place to park. Who's the next Avi Adelman, who curses local improvements, and then watches his property value increase 100% over 5 years?  I guess "bitchin' be a hobby".

Nick R.
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