The Bleu Porch Kitchen and Market
302 N Main Street Greer, SC 29650
Mon – Fri: 10:30AM – 2:30PM, Sat & Sun: CLOSED
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Perfect for: A casual lunch, outdoor dining, lunch with the ladies
Menu: Salads, Soups, Sandwiches, Quiche
Bar/Drinks: Arnold Palmers are actually on the menu, so do you need to know anything else? I guess you do…they also offer soda and tea.
Good to Know: The Bleu Porch is ONLY open for lunch. That means you have a short window to get there. The Bleu Porch is located inside a house, so seating can get a little tight. The porch is a gorgeous place to have your lunch.
Parking: There is plenty of parking in the grassy lot behind the restaurant.
Bathroom: It’s a bathroom, what do you expect?
Sometimes, the best places are found on a whim. You don’t really know what you’re craving, and you don’t really care where you go. You throw a dart at the board and see where you end up. That was what led me to The Bleu Porch one day for lunch. My coworker and I wanted to try something new, something exciting, but we didn’t have a distinct taste for anything. To Google we went, where we searched for restaurants near us to see if anything sounded unfamiliar. Near the top of the list was The Bleu Porch Kitchen and Market. Right off the bat it had something going for it: it is quite close to our office.
We continued our search, but we both kept coming back to The Bleu Porch. This place also had some stellar reviews, as everyone is in love with The Bleu Porch, and I wanted to be in love as well. So we packed up the car and made the less than five-minute trek to The Bleu Porch. As one of the reviews stated, “they have parking,” and they do indeed have parking. This is of note because most of the parking is in a large grassy lot behind the restaurant. With the overhanging tree boughs and large brick church sign, there is just something that felt quintessentially southern (and I loved it).
First impression of The Bleu Porch? It is adorable. The little blue porch (I know right), is so cozy and it seems like the perfect place to sit, read a book, and relax. In this case, it was the perfect place to eat lunch.
As the screen door popped shut behind us (you know the sound I am talking about), we saw that the sitting room of the house had been converted to a small market with locally made goods. The friendly hostess alerted us that the dining room was full, but there were plenty of tables on the porch. This suited me as it was a gorgeous spring day outside.
The menu at The Bleu Porch is modest, but that doesn’t matter when everything on the menu sounds so amazing. While we were taking it all in, our waitress came and took our drink order. Seeing as it was springtime in the South, I ordered an Arnold Palmer. Just in case you aren’t familiar, an Arnold Palmer is half sweet tea/half lemonade, and all delicious. Our waitress also told us about the soup of the day, and the quiche(s) of the day.
The time came to order, and I decided on a cup of the soup, which was a roasted poblano and white cheddar soup as well as the Italian Drip sandwich. My coworker ordered the Not Your Normal Toast, which I will explain what that is shortly.
I can’t state enough how awesome this porch and day were. There was a nice breeze, it wasn’t too hot, and the Arnold Palmer was perfect. It was definitely not ideal soup weather, but the combination sounded too interesting to pass up. It surpassed my expectations. The cheese was creamy, but not too sharp, allowing for an interesting interplay with the subtle spice of the roasted peppers. The soup definitely had some kick, but wasn’t too spicy. It was one of the more unique soups I had had in recent memory.
My coworker and I were lost in conversation so it seemed as if no time had passed before our sandwiches were being placed in front of us. My Italian Drip was much like a French Dip. It was piled with beef and sweet peppers as well as melted provolone cheese. It was served with a small cup of au jus. I had ordered the broccoli salad as my side dish. The meat on this sandwich was tender. Extremely tender. I have no idea how long they cooked it, but it was falling apart. I barely had to chew it. It was that tender. The provolone cheese added a creamy texture to the sandwich, and the peppers added a tart pop. The au jus was so savory and added depth to the flavor of the sandwich.
My coworker’s Not Your Normal Toast was a sandwich that consisted of house-made edamame spread, an egg, goat cheese, onions, tomatoes, and avocado. She noted that it would be a perfect choice for a vegetarian. She also noted that despite the lack of meat, she still felt extremely full after eating the sandwich.
The Bleu Porch delivers on food and a great setting. I am definitely looking forward to my next meal on the porch.