I suggested The Front Porch Cafe for my large group's monthly gathering. Most of us are originally from the city, so going back to our roots for a meal in a house seemed rather interesting!
Reservations were made a month in advance, and at first, Dan was fine with our numbers. After some telephone tag, he wasn't sure that he could fit us all in. Then we had to move the date one week later due to the snow. When responding to a message from the restaurant, a lady couldn't find either our previous or current reservation. Dan called back and left another message, confirming the wrong day, necessitating another call to the restaurant to get things straight! In the end, we showed up on our day and time and all got seated, so it worked out. (Just be sure that they are writing down your reservation correctly, and call back to confirm the day before).
Upon arrival, we were all seated together in one spacious room, with tables to spare. Water and beverages were brought without delay. Two waitresses took care of us (Lauren had my table), and were friendly and eager to please. The service was fast for being busy, and there were no errors or omissions that I can recall. Waters were refilled without having to ask. Empty plates were removed promptly. Payments were taken tableside, so no need to queue in front of a register.
This being "Restaurant Week" in York, there was a special menu offered. The lunch specials were $10, and included a panini, soup, and a side. Many of us opted for these choices, and we were all very pleased with the taste, temperature, and quality of the fresh ingredients. The chef(s) impressed us all! It didn't taste like "restaurant food"; more like a combination of haute cuisine and old family recipes.
I had the Central Market Pork panini with Roasted Vegetable Couscous soup. For dessert, I got the Blueberry Cobbler with lemon sauce and some minty ice cream. A few things that others ordered included the Blackened Turkey panini on marble rye, Grilled Chicken Caesar wrap, Tomato and Bacon soup, and cheesecake for dessert.
The restaurant still being rather new, from time to time other patrons looked in on us to see how our room was decorated/renovated. (We did the same thing after dinner)!
There is a wheelchair lift installed on the porch for anyone unable to walk stairs to the entrance. Dining is available upstairs or downstairs, and you can request either.
If you're in the mood for great food and friendly service in a homey, pleasant environment, head into the west end of the city for a meal at the Front Porch Cafe!
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