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The Front Porch

Southern / Soul Food Restaurant$$$$
Bernal Heights, San Francisco
140 Tips and reviews
  • fried chicken
  • grits
  • vegan plate
  • mac & cheese
  • stoner stack
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  • gail.
    gail.August 10, 2014
    We had a few starters: beignets, fried okra, & mac 'n cheese. I had their incredible fried chicken & waffles- the bacon in the waffles takes the dish over the top. Everyone left feeling fat and happy!
  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    Comfort food staples are done right, with everything from melt in your mouth braised short ribs to mac and cheese. It's got a cozy atmosphere, with rocking chairs and a checkered floor. Read more
  • Anna T.
    Anna TranNovember 11, 2012
    Fried pickles are available during dinner time, really crispy and tangy. Great for a starter! Biscuits and gravy for brunch, oh baby that gravy though. So addictive because it has bacon in it!
  • Karsten M.
    Karsten McVaySeptember 8, 2014
    Fried chicken and waffles, stoner's breakfast. Oh and if you like spicy, be sure to ask for extra spicy for the shrimp and grits!
  • SFGate
    SFGateJune 5, 2015
    "New discovery: beignets at Front Porch for brunch. The square fried dough are generously doused with powdered sugar and come in a paper sack with four to share for the table." -Tara Duggan Read more
  • 7x7 Magazine
    7x7 MagazineNovember 30, 2012
    As if you were in an intimate Southern home, settle down to a bowl of spicy shrimp and grits that comes packed with wild gulf shrimp, garlic, shallots, bacon, and mushroom truffle ragout. Read more
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HaftelJanuary 27, 2015
    Rocking chairs with blankets? What a great way to recover! Chicken and waffles (with bacon baked in) was a godsend.
  • SFist
    SFistMarch 30, 2015
    The Front Porch is home to some seriously juicy cornmeal-encrusted friend chicken, piled high and deep in a cardboard bucket and dramatically presented tableside. Read more
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableOctober 17, 2014
    For brunch today, try The Front Porch. Chef Matt Marcus has done an awesome job revamping the menu. Pro-tip: go for the crab cake Benedict. He has a bomb hollandaise sauce. Read more
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LApril 9, 2015
    fucket get a bucket. of fried chicken ;) with popcorn! I love their watter bottle♡ some people say it's bit overrated but I think their fried chicken is oh-so delicious!
  • SFGate
    SFGateFebruary 4, 2015
    This funky, soulful hole-in-the-wall has become an instant success with its neighborhood. Don't miss their crab and grits. Read more
  • Schmamie
    SchmamieNovember 8, 2013
    Really awesome food and such a cozy homey atmosphere, must go if visiting San Fran. You can also bring your dog if you eat out on the "front porch"
  • Sarah B.
    Sarah Bruning MeronJanuary 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    If someone offers you a biscuit, gravy, fried chicken, bacon, cheddar with a side of grits, you put on your elastic pants and say yes. (Stoner stack)
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksJanuary 7, 2016
    Head over to the Front Porch for some creamy and delicious Shrimp and Grits. Make sure to try the crab fritter and fried chicken while you're there!
  • Danny Y.
    Danny YuAugust 29, 2014
    The fried chicken is perfect - crispy, delicious skin with juicy, moist chicken. Dr pepper braised ribs will melt in your mouth and some.
  • John T.
    John ThrasherSeptember 23, 2014
    Amazing southern cookin! Fried okra, bacon wrapped dates, fried chicken, Mac and cheese make this place a gem in San Francisco.
  • Joseph N.
    Joseph NagleMarch 24, 2014
    The brunch is insane, maybe the best in the city! Fried chicken here can't be beat and they make one hell of a bloody Mary
  • Jimmy B.
    Jimmy BSeptember 23, 2014
    it starts and ends with the fried chicken. crispy on the outside, tender and juicy on the inside - and deliciously seasoned!
  • Dan K.
    Dan KimDecember 8, 2013
    Great, juicy fried chicken! The biscuits and Mac n' cheese were top notch delicious. A bit pricier than your typical Southern fare.
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 12, 2014
    You'll find the classiest bucket of chicken in town at The Front Porch. And while it may be a little fancy, it sure is tasty. Read more
  • Lee V.
    Lee VerberneDecember 8, 2012
    The sweet tea brined pork chop is quite possibly the best one I've had. Possibly. Quite possibly. Also, the new carre is worth it.
  • AskMen
    AskMenOctober 26, 2011
    The shrimp grits is one of our favorite dishes in the city and the blue crab fritters are not to be missed. Read more
  • Babs
    BabsSeptember 5, 2013
    Their filè gumbo and shrimp grits are a must-order! Top it off with iced chickory coffee and your meal is a blast!
  • Alyssa F.
    Alyssa FooteJuly 27, 2014
    Bring a boo thang for dinner (start with the bacon wrapped dates), and bring him back in the morning for the chicken and waffles.
  • Hazel D.
    Hazel DemonteverdeFebruary 5, 2013
    The fried chicken & biscuits are fab! The music they played made my dinner taste better... Really. Paul Weller, The Specials & Bowie. Yum.
  • Kemp M.
    Kemp MullaneyAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing brunch. The Stoner Stack was perfect and be sure to get the grits. I'd pass on the Bloody Mary.
  • Amanda J.
    Amanda JaneOctober 22, 2013
    Holy delicious. Bacon-wrapped dates. Flounder with jambalaya. I could go on but I don't want to pass out from ovewhelming delicious memories.
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly ArgunaJanuary 31, 2013
    You gotta try the fried chicken!!!! To diee for! Crispy on the outside & juicy on the inside! No need for sauce!
  • Scott M.
    Scott MersyAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I usually just get the gumbo and either fried pickles or okra. Excellent.
  • Holly C.
    Holly ChenNovember 4, 2013
    The flounder with blue crab and sausage jambalaya is out of this world. Spicy, fresh and full of flavor.
  • Taylor
    TaylorJune 3, 2012
    The fried chicken is great. After the fifth time, try something new! (also, get a Sazerac for a classic cocktail...)
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GuzmanJune 10, 2013
    The spicy margarita is probably the best drink I've ever had. Cheers!
  • Ali A.
    Ali AndersonJune 23, 2015
    Arrive early to grab a seat on the patio! Try the Mac & Cheese skillet as an appetizer.
  • Laura G.
    Laura G. P.September 29, 2014
    I had the shrimp grits and it was as good as it can get... although I think creole cuisine is not my favourite.
  • Christine W.
    Christine WuApril 5, 2015
    Killer chicken and waffles (the addition of bacon is awesome). I also love the coffee!
  • Jake S.
    Jake SchulteFebruary 27, 2016
    The fried chicken and the grits are both absolutely delicious.
  • Marcello M.
    Marcello MansoAugust 18, 2014
    Abita's beer on tap and the Stoner stack were really good. I didn't like the fried okra so much, though.
  • David Eric H.
    David Eric HancockMarch 10, 2012
    Abita Beer's got a unique taste. Delicious, dry and special. You've gotta try at least one draft. Really.
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Stoner Stack - #kvpinmybelly: Cheesy biscuit with #bacon & fried chicken. Loved the sausage gravy. #SFBrunch
  • Kris V.
    Kris Vera-PhillipsAugust 12, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Beignets - #kvpinmybelly : Powder sugar heaven in #SF. Hot doughy goodness in a paper bag. Sweet ending to #brunch
  • Rob O.
    Rob OwenAugust 12, 2014
    Fucket, get a bucket! Seriously. The fried chicken is glorious. The fried pickles and okra apps, not so much...
  • Erin V.
    Erin VApril 13, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Stoner stack is possibly the greatest fried chicken sandwich of all time.
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'ConnorApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The baked egg & grits with goat cheese, spinach, mushrooms and bacon crack is excellent.
  • Kate M.
    Kate McKinleySeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The new brunch menu is awesome. The pork belly sweet potato hash was perfectly luscious.
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 26, 2016
    Mac n cheese is delicious. Fried chicken poboy could use extra remoulade.
  • Dana F.
    Dana FraserNovember 18, 2013
    The mulled wine tied the meal together with flavors. So good.
  • Paul H.
    Paul HamadehFebruary 12, 2010
    PO-Boys, Fried Chicken Bucket, Hush Puppies, Seafood Gumbo, Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Praline Ice Cream and 3-1 United Miles. Don't think of going-out, lay on the couch and put in a movie. Read more
  • Gustavo P.
    Gustavo PerezOctober 21, 2013
    Shrimp & Grits are awesome. Have to come back to try the Fried Chicken and Waffles
  • Mark
    MarkJanuary 31, 2011
    Eat the food! It is amazing!!!!! Also try the drinks...they have a great selection...including St. Peters
  • Pei 👻 W.
    Pei 👻 WenOctober 1, 2015
    Amazing southern food! Love the pork chop & vegan plate.
  • Otto
    OttoMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the cask ale of the week. And if you don't like any of the specials, the chicken fried steak, fried chicken, and burger are Ll great!
  • Renee B.
    Renee BlodgettJuly 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get there early and sit at the bar: order appetizers with a margarita.
  • Trent
    TrentOctober 15, 2014
    Fried chicken & Mac n cheese is by far the best on the menu!!
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BursteinDecember 20, 2016
    Loved the porch swing drink, the catfish, and the fried okra appetizer
  • Jason D.
    Jason DanielAugust 30, 2014
    Tasty biscuits and eggs Benedict. Poboy bread isn't authentic New Orleans, disappointing.
  • Adriaan M.
    Adriaan MoorsApril 20, 2014
    Get the fuckin' porch chop. Soooo good and sooo juicy.
  • Bikash M.
    Bikash MishraOctober 31, 2016
    Fried chicken and waffles are solid here.
  • Randale
    RandaleAugust 21, 2016
    Their fried chicken has me still thinking about it hours later. I'm honestly considering trying to recreate the recipe. DELICIOUS.
  • Michael T.
    Michael ThomasAugust 28, 2011
    It is ridiculous as a man of southern blood to somehow believe fried chicken is this complicated. I've been exposed to goodies in this city for awhile... But it's fucking fried chicken.
  • Anne W.
    Anne Waters EnbergAugust 5, 2013
    Try the vegan plate for a healthier but delicious option.
  • Andrew L.
    Andrew LefkowitsApril 29, 2010
    Get the cask beer and the bucket of chicken - I think the chicken is battered with crack - it's dangerously good! Read more
  • Leroy J.
    Leroy JohnsonFebruary 27, 2014
    Mac and cheese, oxtail poutine, and fried chicken.....legit
  • OngAndrew 翁.
    OngAndrew 翁June 26, 2015
    Cozy, comfortable & nice hospitality. ...
  • Tony H.
    Tony HueSeptember 7, 2014
    They have a heat lamp if you're sitting outside.
  • Rem K.
    Rem KoningOctober 18, 2014
    Fried chicken. fried okra. Fried stuff on biscuits.
  • Sandeep
    SandeepFebruary 17, 2016
    Excellent fried chicken. Everything else is just average. Drinks were meh. Bucket of chicken was all breastfeeding. No dark meat at all :(
  • Emily B.
    Emily BNovember 23, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Most amazing restaurant in all of San Francisco! So delicious
  • Jared H.
    Jared HirschSeptember 19, 2011
    Yay boiled peanuts! How I've missed them. These ones are perfect, if a tad spicy.
  • Voltaire V.
    Voltaire VillanuevaJanuary 7, 2012
    The fried chicken is very moist. The breast is very succulent.
  • Giuseppe V.
    Giuseppe ValenciaJuly 24, 2015
    Always get Bisquets unless you order a Burger.
  • Quintein
    QuinteinJune 4
    Be prepared for a very long wait but the chicken is worth it
  • Shahi H.
    Shahi HAugust 19, 2014
    The best corn on the cob of my life!
  • William L.
    William LaiAugust 22, 2013
    Some food for the little devil in your soul...
  • Taylor
    TaylorJune 3, 2012
    Fried chicken is great. But after the fifth time, get aonwth
  • Christopher P.
    Christopher ParettiJanuary 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    New lunch menu (wed-fri) is amazing. Chicken & waffles!!
  • James Y.
    James YuAugust 31, 2009
    Meats and vegetables are prepared perfectly here. Try the catfish po'boy -- it's the crispiest tastiest catfish I've had in recent memory.
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WinfieldFebruary 6, 2015
    Great Mac & cheese that's about it..... That's all I've got to say about that
  • Otto
    OttoDecember 18, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Vegan Plate is always fabulous, like tonight, and I'm no vegan myself.
  • William L.
    William LaiAugust 22, 2013
    Take the chef's recommendation!
  • Todd A.
    Todd AnthonyFebruary 11, 2012
    Whenever they keep you waiting, they always bring you something small for free.
  • Kathleen N.
    Kathleen NgoAugust 12, 2014
    End your meal with the butterscotch cheesecake.
  • Katrina G.
    Katrina GarciaDecember 29, 2011
    They have an awesome mulled dornish red. Perfect for the long winter
  • Carlos A.
    Carlos AndradeSeptember 25, 2015
    Fried chicken so far on top of my sf list
  • Tyler S.
    Tyler SMarch 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken fried steak uber alles. But everything good.
  • Lauren H.
    Lauren HannahDecember 9, 2011
    Don't know if it's seasonal, but the Bourbon Maple Pecan Pie is deadly.
  • Erin V.
    Erin VJuly 14, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Whoever invented the stoner stack is a genius. Get it.
  • Sam F.
    Sam FungMarch 22, 2015
    Probably the best fried chickens in the city.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 3, 2014
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  • Aly O.
    Aly OradyDecember 28, 2014
    The house ketchup is awesome!
  • Gabriel G.
    Gabriel GilderOctober 5, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the Lovely Day. Does what it says on the tin
  • Nicholas R.
    Nicholas RochaApril 7, 2013
    The fried chicken is always amazing!
  • Deanna S.
    Deanna ScottDecember 31, 2015
    That Mac n cheese was heavenly.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CornwallApril 26, 2013
    OMFG the old fashiomed is the best ever!
  • Erin O.
    Erin O'ConnorFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The Breakfast at Tiffany's cocktail is lovely.
  • Ros H.
    Ros HodgekissNovember 10, 2014
    Fried chicken, mashed potato and gravy are the holy trinity here.
  • Sarah
    SarahJune 27, 2016
    The iced coffee is powdery.
  • David A.
    David AuerbachFebruary 25, 2013
    Mac and Cheese was delicious!
  • heather
    heatherJanuary 8, 2014
    Dr pepper short ribs are amazing
  • Yen M.
    Yen MJuly 12, 2015
    Best fried chicken in the city!
  • Norbert H.
    Norbert HuAugust 20, 2013
    Soul searching? Look no elsewhere. Even the white meat fried chicken is super juicy!
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