The Porch Light
The Porch Light is a local hub in the Beaches for coffee, snacks, full lunches and alcoholic refreshments. It’s run by Ken Galbraith who also owns Bud’s Coffee Bar with the help of Helder Cabral of The Beech Tree.
Accordingly, they’ve split up the duties here with Galbraith heading up the coffee program and Cabral doing the light cafe fare of salads, sandwiches and soups as well as items that transition into evenings.
The space is open and long, with ample seating toward the front including plenty of tables of different heights and lots of ledge space near windows.
Galbraith knows his coffee and has teamed up with some of the most reputable suppliers in the city for his raw ingredients. Cut Coffee, Genuine Teas and Chaiwala chai are all available here.
A charcuterie board makes one feel classy with a drink in hand any time of day, and today this one has ham, prosciutto and salami along with olives, grated cheese, crostini and oil for dipping.
The kale caesar ($8) doesn’t set itself apart too much from all the others in the city, but at least it’s not overloaded with cheese. The smoked bacon in it adds a nice hit of fat and sweetness, and the caesar dressing is made in house.
A caprese salad is nothing more than cherry tomatoes, red onion and bocconcini tossed in pesto and balsamic: simple enough to be made at home, but light enough to be grateful for on the go.
There are also items at the bar that are more suitable for grabbing speedily, like tarts with a spinach and feta or tomato topping ($3.50).
The Porch Light also toys with offering high tea, featuring sweet nibbles from Over The Moon.
Their classic grilled cheese ($7) is stuffed with aged cheddar, tomatoes, and braised onions.
The turkey club ($9) with roma tomatoes, kale, and smoked bacon represents the best of what’s on offer for food here, simple, clean, and uncomplicated with just the right amount of nourishment to get you through the rest of your day. It’s served on a thick baguette from La Bastille Bakery.
Mixed drinks are $8, and signature spins on classics like this souped-up gin and tonic are $9, reasonable for cocktails that are a standard three ounces. This G & T is made with cucumber puree, fancy Boylan’s tonic and garnished with a little basil and lime.
The whole place has a dreamy feel and a chatty vibe. There’s even a church pew facing the bar for an easy waiting spot. The Porch Light could easily become an integral part of the community with enough space for small events.