Porch Cafe is a recent addition to the Galveston restaurant scene, located down on the sand in the far east end's Beachtown. We did call for reservations as we hear it's a popular venue. We certainly understand why that is the case.
We had the choice of dining indoors or out. As it was a "bit" warm outdoors we dined in, but were able to see a gorgeous sunset through the large windows. The place is spanking new with decor that is spare yet elegant: airy. high ceilings, almost warehouse-like and beautifully done. The place seems to do double duty as they sell a limited variety of prepared packaged foods for local residents to prepare at home, as there are no grocery stores nearby.
We shared a bottle of a nice Pozzan pinot noir as we enjoyed the setting. The menu is relatively spare, with offerings of "small plates," soups, salads and sandwiches as well as more generous portions. Everything looked intriguing so we checked out as many dishes as we could handle.
My dining companion ordered the Avocado Caesar salad, which arrived as a large head of romaine lettuce with, parmesan cheese, croutons, and avocado caesar dressing. It was delicious but very large and a bit awkward to eat. He chose to follow this with two "small" plates. Ever seeking spicy hot edibles he chose Boudin stuffed jalapenos with crawfish, corn, and jicama slaw. The boudin, crawfish and corn made a tasty combo. He does caution, however, that the accompanying jalapeno tops the spicyness scale. His second plate of 'Waygu' steak slider on a Texas biscuit with chorizo bechamel and yard egg was judged to be superb: juicy and very flavorful.
I started with watermelon salad....what a fabulous explosion of tastes! A slice of melon topped with seared shrimp, chopped olives, cotija cheese, and lime vinaigrette. I followed that with a "large plate" of corn-crusted red snapper with creole ranchero sauce. It came atop perfectly prepared asparagus and a bit of black bean puree. The snapper was tender with a crunchy crust and so perfectly fresh I could almost taste the Gulf, The mild flavor of the fish was perked up by the spicy ranchero sauce. It was indeed a large serving and I had to ask for a doggie bag.
We finished our meal by sharing a generous service of chocolate cake with ice cream and mango bits. It should satisfy any true chocolate junkie and the mango was the perfect accent.
Overall we had a delightful experience from start to finish. Most highly recommended!