Porch Kitchen & Bar opened up a few months ago and is still one of the hottest watering holes in Downtown Louisville. After multiple visits, it’s definitely worth its salt in some of the best upscale comfort food the city has to offer. Connected to the Louisville Marriott Downtown, Porch is not your average “hotel restaurant” — there was an immense amount of thought and careful attention to detail put into this fresh new concept.

Chefs Josh Carter and Graham Weber were inspired by the idea of the old neighborhood front porch, a communal space where everyone gathers to sip, chat and watch the world go by. “The neighborhood porch coincides with a feeling of community,” says Graham. “It’s the iconic American gathering place.”

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Dining at Porch Kitchen & Bar feels like you’ve stepped onto Louisville’s very own front porch.

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Just like at home, guests can pile on the comfy sofa seating with friends to catch up, or take a place at a few of the high bar tables in the restaurant.

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Wash down the day with a craft cocktail, beer, wine or a bourbon from one of a plethora of local distilleries.

Every seat in the house has a prime view of bustling Jefferson Street through massive windows encircling this porch-like design concept. With the chic and warm industrial aesthetic, paired with classic, wooden kitchen tables and chairs, it’s the perfect blend of slow-paced sittin’ with a fast-paced hustle just outside the doors.

With more than 500 different ingredients across the menu, including sourced cheeses from Mexico, this may be the most intentional concept yet. Many dishes at Porch Kitchen & Bar are filling but not overwhelming, creative but not pretentious and encompassing classic American cuisine with a gourmet twist, served on classic-styled stoneware and cutlery.

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“This is more than just a restaurant or a bar — it’s an experience,” says Chef Josh. “There is thought put into every single ingredient.”

As one might have guessed, with a concept such as this, Kentucky’s iconic meal will be on the menu. But these over-achieving chefs did not take that responsibility lightly — both chefs tested their own versions of the Kentucky Fried Chicken for one year before adding it to the menu. And the rest of the menu items have been held to the same high standards.

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The menu wouldn’t be complete without Kentucky’s famous dish. The Southern fried chicken is made with Pilgrim’s Pride organic chicken and a hot honey drizzle with a side of mashed potatoes & gravy and coleslaw. Now, that’s slap-yo-momma flavor!

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The green goddess chopped salad includes kale, snap peas, celery, avocado, pistachio and an herb dressing.

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We can’t wait to celebrate basketball victories with a beer and the loaded BBQ pulled pork nachos.

For breakfast, Porch offers everything from donuts to classic bacon and eggs. Begin your morning on a sugar high with “Everything” cake donuts, served with powdered sugar and hot fudge. Or go for something a little healthier with one of their juices or smoothies. The Ginger Sunrise is made with carrot, golden beet, orange, ginger, lemon and turmeric. Or opt for a dish that sticks to your ribs and warms your soul — a big bowl of steel-cut oats, topped with almonds, dried fruit and caramel apples. The substantial bacon and egg sandwich with aged cheddar, thick-cut peppered bacon and fried eggs on a toasted English muffin hits the spot, too!

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At lunch, the chips and dip get a luxury upgrade with Porch’s made-to-order truffle chips with onion dip. After you’ve devoured the old American favorite, stay on the lighter side with a freshly made smoked turkey Cobb salad with deviled eggs, avocado, charred sweet corn, Campari tomato, radish, pickled onion, sunflower seed and buttermilk ranch. Or gear up for an afternoon of touring Downtown Louisville with the Mother Clucker, a sandwich with roasted chicken breast, guacamole, carrot slaw and Pepper Jack cheese.

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Try the colorful smoked turkey Cobb salad with deviled eggs, avocado, charred sweet corn, Campari tomato, radish, pickled onion, sunflower seed and buttermilk ranch.

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It doesn’t get more American than this. Sink your teeth into the big, juicy double cheeseburger.

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These little wings are not so little. Sticky fingers and a big appetite make the Smoked Pike Valley Farms chicken wings a hearty appetizer selection.

And before you celebrate at Fourth Street Live or enjoy a theater production or concert downtown, begin your evening with dinner at Porch. Try the grilled fish tacos with mahi mahi, pico de gallo, iceberg lettuce, guacamole, baja sauce and elote-style creamed corn. SB TIP: The creamed corn is a game changer! Or, move away from the Latin-inspired cuisine to a British favorite: fish and chips. Porch puts a creative twist on their beer-battered fish and chips by adding lightly fried calamari, shrimp, mahi mahi and vegetables into the mix, served with french fries and tartar sauce. Or if you’re steering clear of meat, the quinoa and vegetable chili, served with tortilla chips, lime crema, avocado and Oaxaca cheese, will warm the soul and fill the belly.

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Lean toward the healthy side with the grilled salmon with brown butter mustard glaze, roasted mini pepper, snap pea and quinoa pilaf.

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Mac & cheese, if you please! Cavatappi noodles, thick-cut bacon and English peas with a golden Parmesan crust turn this simple side dish into a gourmet meal!

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Served as a full rack or half rack, these ribs are made with sweet and spicy sauce, coleslaw and honey butter cornbread.

Sitting on the Porch wouldn’t be the same without something to sip on. Forget trekking across Bourbon Country; just sit back and try a little bit of everything right here. Porch features several local distilleries on the menu such as Coopers’ CraftHeaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, Maker’s Mark, Four Roses, Woodford Reserve, Stitzel-Weller, Kentucky Bourbon Distillery and other Kentucky and American favorites. Aside from their extensive bourbon selection, Porch Kitchen & Bar offers a variety of wines, as well as local brews and craft cocktails SB TIP: We suggest the next-level Porch Old Fashioned, made with Elijah Craig Small Batch, vanilla demerara and black walnut bitters — yum! And don’t forget to stop by for happy hour on Fridays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., when you can grab a Bourbon flight, $2 “Old Man Cans” or half-price wine and barrel-aged cocktails.

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Hungry for dessert? Create your own loaded hot fudge sundae, complete with all the fixin’s, in the largest ice cream bowl we’ve ever seen!

There is something for everyone on Louisville’s Porch. If you are in the downtown Louisville area, we encourage you to stop by and sit for a spell.

Porch Kitchen & Bar is located at 280 W. Jefferson St., Louisville, KY 40202. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Sunday, 6:30 a.m. to midnight. Happy Hour is on Fridays, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call (502) 671-4246 or visit porchlouisville.com.

Thank you to White Lodging for the gorgeous and mouth-watering images of Porch Kitchen & Bar and their beautiful food.

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