Friday, January 29, 2010


A couple of months ago, I wrote here at Graceland about a special date I had with my hubby. We drove down to the tiny town of Wesson, Mississippi, for a special lunch at a unique restaurant, Porches. The service was friendly and helpful, the surroundings were charming and cozy, and the food was downright delicious --- as they describe it "traditional Southern cooking with an imaginative flair". I loved it so much, I took one of my best friends for her birthday last month. And when I found out they offer a special Valentine's Day dinner, well, you can just guess what I told my man.

And yes, we'll be spending our Valentine's date eating supper under the twinkling lights at Porches.

Normally, Porches is only open for lunch. But a couple of nights, in honor of Valentine's Day, all the stops are pulled out and sumptuous, elegant dinners are served. The menu upscales and the decor is all about sweet, Southern romance. Here are this year's offerings:


Pontchartrian Blues Crab Cake - 8.95
Fried Oyster Cocktail - $7.95


Roast Prime Rib
A 12 oz. cut of slow cooked USDA choice Prime rib finished to your
preference in Madeira au jus. Served with American horseradish cream.

Chicago Stockyards Choice Aged New York Strip
Our traditional cut of Choice 21 day aged strip loin seasoned with Kosher salt and
cracked black pepper. Pan seared in a cast iron skillet and finished in a super hot oven.

Creole Fried Catfish
Two large fillet of Mississippi farm raised catfish, marinated in buttermilk,
Creole mustard and seasonings. Rolled in corn flour and deep fried to a golden brown.

Shrimp Ala Carbanaro
Fresh large gulf shrimp sautéed in olive oil, garlic and seasoning. Finished with a
heavy cream, bacon and Parmesan sauce. Served over fettuccine pasta.

Fresh Gulf Blackfish - Destin Style
Fresh fillet of gulf black drum, dredged in our Destin flour, sautéed in
olive oil and butter. Served with Lemon Caper sauce and sautéed shrimp.

Fried Gulf Oysters
A Bakers dozen fresh gulf oysters, lightly seasoned and rolled in cornflower.
Deep fried to a golden brown and served with our tartar sauce.

Cowboy Cut Crab Stuffed Pork Chop
A large pork chop stuffed with our crab cake mixture. Seasoned and pan seared in a cast
iron skillet. Finished in a super-hot oven and served with a Lemon and Caper sauce.
$ 16.95

All entrees served with our deluxe garden salad.
Baked potato on steak and fish entrees


Porches Bread Pudding with Almond Sauce
Chocolate Resurrection

Doesn't that sound absolutely delicious? I'm thinking the fried oysters are calling my name and I know the Chocolate Resurrection and I are going to get intimately acquainted before the night is over.

So if you and your sweetie are looking for someplace a bit off the beaten path this Valentine's Day weekend, then Porches might just be what you're looking for. But call and make that reservation quickly! They are popular and book up fast. This year they will be serving their special Valentine's supper on Friday the 12th and Saturday the 13th from 6pm to 9pm.

You can reach the friendly folks at Porches by calling (601)643-9094.

By the way, they say on the bottom of their website's menu that "fire is served with all ladies' desserts". How tantalizing is that?

This is a Valentine's dinner that I've been looking forward to for two months now. Any time spent on a date with the mister is always nice...but I have a very good feeling that this one is going to be more than nice!

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