In every relationship, date nights are a must. It’s a way to spend some time with each other without the distractions of the everyday. For us, we wander around a lot and our love language really is quality time; No matter what we’re doing, as long as we’re together… it’s always a date. But sometimes you just need those fancy nights. The date nights where you purposefully dress up a little bit, pop a bottle of wine, and shmooz your night away.
Enter Porch & Proper
Ever since Indeblue closed down, we always wondered what would come of the building. When we saw that it was painted black, our interest was definitely piqued and we kept tabs on their Instagram page, patiently waiting for their opening. Porch & Proper focuses on contemporary cuisine inspired by the world, but sourced locally and seasonally. With the collaboration of owners Jason and Casey Simkins (both managed many Starr Restaurants) in the front end and Executive Chef Ryan McQuillan (Talula's Table, Mercato, Yardley Inn) at the helm of the kitchen, you know good food was coming to the neighborhood.
With the end of summer being a bit busy, we made a reservation for the first day we could. Thankfully, it was just in time to taste the inaugural menu before it switches over next week.
OUTFIT DETAILS : HIM
NEEDLES SHIRT - IRON & RESIN // LEVIS // CHUCKS // STEELY GOOD LOOKS
We arrived a little early just so we an snap some pics of us looking snappy. The parking is limited out front of Porch & Proper, but you can use the church lot next door too. But there is ample amount of street parking closely if you don’t mind a very short stroll.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the GORGEOUS Moroccan tiled floors and a bright white and light atmosphere. It’s one of our favorite interior design tricks. Dark on the outside, light on the inside. The withholding of baited breath and the exhale. It was spacious and welcoming in the front room, then as we were led to our seats in the alcove, it became more intimate and romantic. The dark grey green walls melted into the plush crushed velvet upholstery and the candle lit votives bounced around salvaged windows and thrifted frames that decorated the walls.
The Summer menu did not disappoint. We started with a few small plates of Bread, Dayboat Scallops (the leche de tigre sauce was….so good), Melon Gazpacho, and Donuts & Foie. For mains, we decided to go with the black bass and short rib plates. To finish off the meal, we shared a French Press of single origin coffee over some bread pudding and olive oil cake.
We may have to make visiting Porch & Proper at least a quarterly thing.