Today’s “find” isn’t a thrift shop treasure, but I decided to classify it as a “find” because we will definitely be going back!
Monday night Wheat and I ventured down to Tallahassee for a nice anniversary dinner out at The Front Porch. It’s been on my radar for quite some time now, and we were so pleased, I thought I might start including restaurant reviews (on the rare occasion we dine away from home!).
I wore my Lilly wedding shoes for our anniversary, naturally.
The Front Porch is in the same location Chez Pierre used to be. I loved Chez Pierre all throughout college and law school for outdoor dining and happy hours, so I couldn’t wait to see what they had done with the place!
The ambiance outside was wonderful, and I was obsessed with the chandeliers! Excuse the iPhone pictures – I’m not brave enough to whip out a DSLR at a restaurant yet – not sure I ever will be!
We were so tempted to create our own ceviche, but it was a little overwhelming, so we just went with the Chef’s Special Ceviche du jour. Monday the special combination was shrimp and scallops with mango, cilantro, roasted red bell peppers, cucumbers, and pico I believe, marinated in the Florida Orange & Mango dressing. It was delish! But I would swap the pico for the jalapeno next time for a little bite!
After the ceviche and a delicious glass of the house sauvignon blanc, I had the seared tuna entree with basil mashed potatoes and fresh green beans, with an olive caper sauce on the side. It was great! Everything was REALLY fresh. The sauce wasn’t my favorite, though. I would have liked to have seen an asian type sauce for the tuna. Wheat’s blackened snapper with an arugula-pistachio pesto was definitely the dinner winner! And we both raved about the basil mashed potatoes! Going to have to try to recreate those at home this summer.
I’m guessing they infuse an olive oil with basil and add that to the potatoes? There was no trace of actual basil in the dish – just a subtle basil flavor that was amazing!
For dessert, we decided to split a piece of the cheesecake. The flavor of the day was an orange cheesecake, and we were expecting more of a fresh orange flavor, based on the freshness of the rest of the meal. Instead, the cheesecake tasted just like a Flintstone’s push-up pop! While I love push-up pops, and the cheesecake was good… it was not my favorite dessert ever.
Despite the push-pop cheesecake, we LOVED The Front Porch, and will definitely go back. It was a delicious first anniversary treat! Hope everyone has a great weekend. We will be at the Downtown Bainbridge Art & Wine Walk on Saturday – if you’re interested in joining, contact the Bainbridge Downtown Development Authority office (City Hall) at email@example.com – it sounds like it’s going to be a great time!