I had to bring folks for a work dinner around Oakland. After going to Primanti’s, Legume and the Union Grill, I decided to tell them to go to the Porch. The Porch is known to be part of the same group as Eat & Park (the Eat & Park hospitality group – see source) but the focus is on organic, sustainable and local food or drinks. Located in Oakland next to Schenley Plaza, the restaurant offers outdoor seating which is really convenient when sun is shinning.
The Porch does not take any reservation, so, it is sometimes difficult to get a table, especially for large parties. Being 10 people, we hopefully get a table. Our server was slow and took lot of time to bring our drinks. Then, we ordered the food, which came not too long after. For such a big party, the service was good. I ordered the Prime Rib Sandwich, which was really good but pricey for what is it ($14 for a sandwich). On the down side, this is not possible to change the side and you have to stick with the potatoes only. Other people at my table ordered items from the Rotisserie and it seems to be also a good bet.
On the drink side, there is a lot of choice for good beers (from Troegs, Great Lakes, Eat End Brewery, etc.) and they are reasonably priced (around $5). It seems that this selection is rotating according to the season and potentially availabilities.
Good food and good selection of beers, a little bit on the expensive side. The room is also busy and loud, so, it might not be the best place for a romantic date! But for a nice dinner with friends or working people, this is a nice one, especially considering the proximity with the CMU and UPITT campuses.
What he said
The food is good but for this price, we could expect better service (able to change the side of the sandwich at least …) and a more quiet room. Other than that, this is definitively a nice place to go, especially when the sun is shinning and it is still warm during the evening …
What she said
The is quiet for now
… and to make long story short …
- Pros: good food and selection of drinks
- Cons: a little bit pricey and the room is loud
- Name: The Porch at Schenley
- Type: lunch, diner with organic and local food
- Items under review: The Porch Prime Rib Sandwich
- Website: http://www.theporchatschenley.com/
- Location: Oakland
- Date: March, 21 2014