Ball caps, corsages, velco shoes, and cardigans; all manner of folks wandered through the doors of the Porterhouse on the night we were there. No matter what the attire, all came looking for a good meal at a reasonable price in a place that was comfortable. On our visit, one could check all those boxes. The wait staff did a great job. We're not talking uniformed with an obligatory white apron and the specials of the day, but rather a young lady working her way through school, but totally committed to being helpful and efficient. The menu is a rock solid, family beef and potatoes kind of list. Some meat, some vegetables, a soup or a salad, potatoes one way or another, a menu that my father and grandfather, both long deceased, would have loved. In their honor I even bumped for the Thousand Island dressing. Who knew it was still around?
Okay, here is the drill. This is a good middle of the road restaurant that knows it business, which is putting out a good meal at a reasonable value. No real frills, no real fluff, just a reliable, value meal. The seating accommodates a good number of people and on this evening it was full, with a short wait. The front desk folks worked hard to make sure everyone moved through quickly, but not hurriedly. There was also a high school dance in town that evening, so the crowd was younger and larger than normal. No matter.
The food was well prepared, tasted good, came at the right time, and was as advertised. Nothing to complain about. The waitress did a great job balancing a huge area.
Just a few days before, we went to a high end restaurant, with all the bells and whistles. Very enjoyable, but the value at the Porterhouse was better. Did the meals compare? Actually they did in all areas except cost. Two of us walked out the door of the Porterhouse for less than half the cost of one entree at the high end place.
Would I go back to either? Probably both, depending on the occasion. The Porterhouse might take something as insignificant as 'in a hurry', or 'Friday night', or it 'it was on my way.' The other would take winning the lottery.
So, maybe I fit better with the cadigan, velcro shoe, ball cap crowd. I don't know. I do know it was a good evening spent over dinner with friends. One I'd do again in a heartbeat.
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