The Front Porch is in a 1910 house that was where the development of Powell, TN started – with a lumber company. The Elkins family bought it 2013 and restored it in honor of its historical significance to Powell. It now serves lunch and early dinner with southern comfort food and sells handcrafted decor on the second floor, as well as many of the decorations in the dining area. Tables are scattered around the downstairs rooms and there are several more on the wrap-around porch. No item on the menu is more than $20 and there is a parking lot out back. Good smells greet you when you enter and there is a counter that sells some items to-go. Staff were efficient and very friendly. The food was generous and tasty. It’s worth a visit.
The Front Porch Club is their version of the Classic Club with ham, roasted turkey breast, thick sliced bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and finished off with their signature Sriracha aioli. It is served on rye bread and comes with a choice of side dish. We chose Hand Cut Chips as a side, on the recommendation of our server. The slices of turkey and ham were both thick and with it was red onion and Leaf lettuce. The bacon was nicely smokey and the marble rye bread was nicely toasted and flavorful. It was a huge sandwich and quite good. The chips were thin, fresh and lightly salted. They were a good addition to a fine sandwich.
The Patty Melt was a classic patty topped with roasted mushrooms and onions and smothered with Swiss cheese. It is served on Texas Toast with their house sauce and choice of side, which was hand cut chips. The thick patty was drippy and nicely dressed with the house sauce that seemed a bit like Sriracha mayo. The mushrooms were especially tasty and it was served very hot and fresh off the griddle. It was really good.
Dessert was an oral menu and we chose the buttermilk pie, as recommended by the table next to us. It was chilled and had a hint of nutmeg in the filling. The housemade pastry was not the flakiest but had good flavor and the custard had good consistency. It was a fine dessert to complete a fine meal.