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3.88/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Paid a visit to The Porch today. Didn't quite know what to expect. It being near to Hayden Lake, I thought it might be clogged with lots of resort town types especially after Yahoo & Google maps both showed me it was next to the local country club.
In fact I had the place nearly to myself. The only other people were an off-duty server who was chatting with two obvious regulars, who were earnestly discussing the murders/child abductions case in nearby Coeur D'Alene. I briefly chatted with one of them, and when I left, both of them wished me a good day despite the fact that my conversation had been confined to about two sentances, so the locals seem friendly. The Porch is located next to the Hayden Lake Country Club, on Miles Avenue just off of Highway 95 (which is insanely busy for a highway in northern Idaho) in what looks from the outside like a log cabin. There is lots of seating, both inside and out. There appears to be a large outdoor eating area on a "porch", conveniently enough.
There are fourteen taps, most of which are devoted to PNW micros, though there was one macro tap (Bud Lite) and several imports (Pilsener Urquell, Guinness, Newcastle) plus a cider (Blackthorne). The menu was very similar to The Elk Public House in Spokane (owned by the same people), though a little cheaper. Beers were approximately 25 cents cheaper, and the cup of gumbo cost me 25 cents less than it would have at The Elk .
The gumbo here was similar to that at The Elk - outstanding. The menu was similar to that of other places operated by their owners. The server was able to get me food and beers without any prompting whatsoever. Service was the highlight of this place.
An outstanding place off the beaten path for a pint, a meal, and a good chat with fellow barflies.
05-21-2005 10:08:42 | More by woemad
The Porch in Hayden Lake, ID
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