My husband and I had dinner at Porter's while searching for a new restaurant to host his quarterly corporate dinners. Porter's is attached to the Doubletree hotel so I expected typical hotel fare. WOW, was I pleasantly surprised!
The ambiance...a warm and modern, medium-sized, dimly lit, yet beautifully appointed multi-level room with several areas for private party dining. There are two large glass-doored wine bottle displays, several fireplaces and a mix of booths and tables.
The service...very attentive, nicely dressed, intelligent wait-staff. The waitress/waiter will bring a cart displaying several fresh cut steaks and seafood under a glass dome. She thoroughly explains the taste, texture and difference between each cut before you order. A wine consierge then brings a wine cart with several bottles to the table to help you make your selection.
The food...WOW! I started with a Porter salad. It was HUGE, a meal in itself. Three or four times as large as any other dinner salad I've ever been served. Fresh field greens mixed with romaine, dried cranberries, honey-glazed walnuts, diced tomatoes and goat cheese topped with a magnificent lightly sweeted vinagarette. Yum! (I've been craving this salad every day since!)
I ordered an 8 oz filet, medium well. The chef butterflied the steak and grilled it to juicy perfection. It was topped with a dollop of steak butter. No need for any steak sauce. It was served with a massive twice-baked potato filled with bacon and cheese. The bread served with dinner was crusty and soft. (She refilled ours twice!) and came with three flavors of butter. Hubby ordered a wedge salad, a rare Porterhouse steak and baked potato. His plate was empty too!
For dessert, we shared an enormous slice of chocolate fudge mousse cake, topped with whipped cream, strawberries and carmel drizzle. Divine!
The bill....obviously, this is a higher-end steakhouse, so if your expecting Longhorn or Outback prices, don't bother. These steaks make Outback steaks look like rump roast.
Bottom line, it's not nearly as expensive as Morton's, and the food and service are significantly better. So, if you're in the area, have a special occasion or just want to treat your significant other to a fabulous meal, then Porter's is the place. I cannot say enough about this hidden gem!
(By the way, after this meal, we stopped looking for restaurants to host hubby's corporate dinners!)
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