Welcome to The Porch…
A celebration of the American South featuring authentic Southern fare, a carefully curated bar program, and soul-moving live music. Established by proud Southerner and Nashville native Chef Jonathan Post, The Porch pays tribute to Southern food, music, art, and hospitality.
At The Porch, the menu highlights several beloved regional cuisines of the South from low country to soul food to Cajun, along with an authentic whole hog barbecue program courtesy of a custom built 1000 lb wood fired smoker. Chef Jonathan Post reaches deep into culinary (and family) history to serve up authentic iterations of classic dishes like skillet cornbread, pimento cheese, bbq pork, and Nashville Hot Fried Chicken while also exploring modern southern cuisine and the exciting things happening now south of the Mason Dixon line.
The beverage program, led by Oliver Castro-McClung, features a thoughtfully curated collection of the libations that go so well with BBQ and traditional Southern dishes fare- think plenty of cold beers, lots of whiskey, and a focused list of expertly crafted cocktails while a killer live music line up completes The Porch experience. Contemporary bands from the American South along with bands covering Southern style genres like blues, rockabilly, and alt-country take the stage at The Porch in weekly shows.
A place with heart and soul, The Porch is a spot where you can sit at the bar with a well made cocktail, have a date night that includes dinner and live music, or bring the whole family in for a few hours of happy eating and catching up. We can’t wait to see you at The Porch.
meet our team
Born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, Jonathan Post began working in restaurants at the age of 16 and after a series of detours, found his way to culinary school, ultimately earning a degree from Johnson & Wales in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon graduation, Jonathan began a career in the Boston area and has been fortunate to work directly with some of the region’s- and nation’s-most talented chefs and celebrated New England restaurants including Blue Ginger, 80 Thoreau, and Moody’s Delicatessen.
In 2016, Jonathan had the opportunity to open a restaurant of his own: The Porch in Wakefield, Massachusetts. With the music turned up and the door open, the tiny 20 seat spot filled with New Englanders who loved Jonathan’s authentic southern cooking.
In spring 2018 he and his partner Cenk Emre closed The Porch in anticipation of opening a new and larger iteration of his small Southern restaurant. The Porch Southern Fare and Juke Joint opened in July 2019 in Medford. There, Jonathan and his team work hard to create a “Nashville of the North,” serving authentic Southern dishes in a space that celebrates the music, art, food, drink, and incomparable hospitality of the American South.
A native New Englander, Alex grew up on Cape Cod and began cooking professionally at the age of 14. After graduating from high school, he continued his education, enrolling at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island.
While still a student, he was able to complete an externship at the French restaurant Veux Sinzig in Germany where he immersed himself in classic French cuisine and experienced true farm to table cooking and wild foraging in the Rhine countryside.
Following his graduation, he worked for notable Boston-area chefs and restaurateurs including Ming Tsai - where Alex spent six years, working his way up to the position of Executive Sous Chef- and the Chris Douglass team where he joined as the Executive Chef of Tavolo. Most recently, he was the opening Executive Chef of The James in Needham.
Friends and colleagues for nearly a decade, Alex is thrilled to join Jonathan as part of the opening team of The Porch and bring authentic barbecue and Southern food to the greater Boston area.
Growing up in a large family in West Virginia, Oliver learned the importance of stories and food from an early age. Corn roasts, ramp feeds and barbecues were how his family marked special occasions and where the stories that shaped his life were shared. Moving to La Paz, Bolivia with his father in his twenties piqued his interest in the connections between food and drink and culture and history. “My first real cocktail was a Caipirinha while I was fishing in the Bolivian Amazons, made with limes from the tree at our camp. I didn’t realize it at the time, but that drink changed my life.”
As the Bar Manager of The Porch, Oliver strives to continue the tradition of storytelling in harmony with the kitchen. “Jonathan and I grew up at a similar time in a similar region of the country. His food and vision have a lot of soul and history behind it, so that’s my inspiration.”
Oliver lives in Newton, MA with his wife, stepdaughters and husky, where he spends his free time as their personal chef. He is a beverage consultant, writer, songwriter and harmonica player.
Born and raised in Dorchester, Dacia’s education in Southern cooking began early. She was lucky enough to live next door to her grandparents and grew up eating her Virginia-born Nana’s Southern dishes and authentic bbq (courtesy of a backyard smoker built by her pop-pop!).
Dacia attended college with the intention of becoming a paralegal but part time jobs in the hospitality industry introduced Dacia to her true career path and she eventually decided to change courses. Dacia began with serving and bartending positions and over the years moved up the ranks to positions that included managing private events and, eventually, serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing of Moksa restaurant for which she was part of the opening team with Chef Patricia Yeo. After more than 15 years, she is still loving the creativity, opportunity, and diversity of the industry: “I love what I do and feel lucky to work with so many talented people dedicated to their craft. There is always something new to learn, whether it’s the discovery of an incredible wine, a new cooking method, or a cool approach to cocktail technique.”
A fan of live music and currently obsessed with natural wines, Dacia, a consummate host, loves nothing more than sharing great food and lots of laughs with the people she loves- especially her daughter, Maya.