Dinner at the Front Porch

We recently met friends with kids at The Front Porch in Hawthorne. From the outside, it looks just like a bar so we were pleasantly surprise by their menu. Chef Melissa Mak serves an assortment of Asian-inspired entrées and appetizers. The pub reopened in 2015, with tin walls to galvanized piping, it’s laid-back and casual – an easy place to sit with a big group that included 5 noisy kids and not be noticed.

General Tso Tacos

We decided to share several apps so we could get a taste of everything. We started with Vegan potstickers and edamame. We then moved on to their addicting, perfectly crispy double-fried wings; to die for Pork Belly Bahn Mi Sliders with pickled radish, carrot, jalapeno, and spicy mayo; and General Tso Tacos–sweet and spicy with chicken, red chilies and cabbage in a flour tortilla plus a basket of tasty Parmesan fries. There were great selections for kids like homemade Mac n Cheese and burgers (there are several on the menu.)

Sriracha Meatball Sliders

My favorite was the Sriracha Meatball Sliders with pickled red onions. It’s served on a soft lotus leaf bun and tastes like a Chinese pork bun with a hint of honey and mint. I could have eaten more of those, but was trying to make room for dessert…and was glad I did! We all shared an order of their Fried Oreos with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream & Side of Creme Anglaise and their warm, slightly crunchy Cinnamon Churros made with fried Chinese Dough. And then…we rolled home.

No need to BYOB: They have a menu of creative cocktails, as well as, seasonal craft beers and domestic/import classics.

Next time I want to try Poke-mon B@wl which is a take on Korean Bibibap: rice with raw tuna, egg, carrotsm cucumbers and sesame veggies on a bed of rice in a clay pot, and the Cold Japanese BimBim Noodles.

When we left around 8pm, it was more of an adult crowd. The place was crowded yet service was great and our food came quickly. I would definitely go back with the kids or with my husband if you wanted to watch a football game, munch on apps and have a few beers.

The Front Porch, 217 Wagaraw Road, Hawthorne, NJ.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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