After many months of planning and probably years of mental processing, Michael Monti has opened Tempe’s Front Porch. The “official” opening day is April 4th, 2013 after about a week of making sure everything was running smoothly with the preparation of the new food and drink menus.
Old meets new at Tempe’s Front Porch:
While Monti’s has been serving steaks, burgers, seafood and their Roman bread for decades, a completely different dining and bar experience is found on Tempe’s Front Porch, the separate outdoor dining destination at the Casa Vieja. Outside on the porch you’ll find a much more contemporary and urban menu. Try some Ahi Tuna Ceviche, Chorizo Deviled Eggs, Kobe Beef Sliders, bacon wrapped chorizo stuffed dates, short rib street tacos and more. They have a daily happy hour from 4-7pm with 5 for $5.00 food specials that are pretty tough to beat.
Thirsty? TFP is a great place to be. 13 different beers on tap with some really good choices. I’m a pretty big fan of the Left Coast Voodoo Stout. The wine list is extensive, the margaritas and specialty cocktails are awesome, and the large whiskey menu will certainly help create many friendships. Oh, did I mention the Light Rail Express? Try one, it’s really good!
Just about everyone knows Monti’s La Casa Vieja for it’s rich history, great food and completely unique atmosphere. While that unique dining experience has been around for many years, the Porch’s new urban dining and drinking experience are a welcome addition to this Mill Avenue landmark.
Tempe’s Front Porch seats up to 130 people, has table top seating along with large comfortable couches and chairs, three fire pits, a misting system, television sets and a nice open feel facing Tempe Town Lake. Monti’s and TFP have ample parking AND are located very close to the Mill Avenue light rail station, so it is convenient for anyone living along the light rail line or visiting the Mill Avenue District.
Get more information and updates about Tempe’s Front Porch by checking them out at Tempesfrontporch.com or by following them on Twitter at @TempePorch. They can also be reached at 480-967-7594 and are located at 100 S Mill Avenue in Tempe. Just north of the light rail station, on the south side of Tempe Town Lake.