SPENDING THE DAY WITH MY VETERAN
In honor of Veteran's Day, my husband --- who is a former 82nd Airborne paratrooper and a Green Beret with the Special Forces 20th Group --- had the day off from work. To celebrate the day and to spend some couple time, we made a little road trip. We drove about 45 minutes away to the tiny town of Wesson, Mississippi. There we dined at a very special restaurant that my husband had discovered on a business trip a few months back.
PORCHES is located in a beautiful, old home nestled among many lovely trees in a quiet neighborhood just a short walk from the quaint downtown area of Wesson. When you eat at Porches, you feel like you're eating at a friend's home. Many of the rooms have been filled with tables for dining, but some still look just like they would if a family was living there complete with a genteel sitting room and bedroom. We ate on one of the porches that give this dining establishment it's name and it was so nice on this cool, autumn day to look out into the small courtyard filled with an abundance of plants.
The food is as lovely to the taste buds as the setting is to the eyes. The menu rotates according to what day of the week it is. There are several set entrees, also known as "house specialties", that are always available and can be ordered from the back of the one-paged menu (such as a chicken salad croissant or a rib eye steak) but the most popular choice is to order from the "Daily Menu". Their is also a senior plate option that is slightly smaller and a vegetable plate option. Today's options were:
Baked Chicken Casserole
Roast Arista Pork Loin
Served with your choice of three Vegetables
Seasoned Baby Lima Beans
Feta & Black Olive Rotini Pasta
Porches Hot Pineapple
Fresh Garden Salad
(Ranch, Comeback, Italian, Sun Dried Tomato, or Raspberry Vinaigrette)
Homemade Yeast Rolls
Porches Bread Pudding with Almond sauce
Buttermilk Pound Cake
Tea and Dessert included all for just $8.88 (cash and checks only). An excellent price for a delicious meal that was very, very satisfying. I couldn't even finish my dessert because the servings had been so generous.
Wesson is only about 45 minutes south of Jackson, if you're like me and keep the speed limit, and just a bit north of Brookhaven located a few minutes off of of I-55 making it an easy place to go if you're driving along the freeway on the way to someplace else or want to get out of town for a slower, gentler pace. And though life might be a bit slower in Wesson, if you order from the daily menu option, the service is quick and you can easily be in and out in an hour or less if time is of the essence. Though you might find yourself being tempted to ignore the watch and leisurely enjoy the tranquil setting of Porches, old-fashioned Southern hospitality at it's nicest.
For more information on PORCHES, including directions and hours, visit their website at http://www.msporches.com/index.html .