Front Porch, Southern Dining serves up meat and three in a homey atmosphere
by Sally Litchfield
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Front Porch, Southern Dining owner Debi Collins (foreground left) stands next to executive chef Micahel Barnes, in front of the restaurant. From back are server Joe Collins, server Betsy Collins, server Keighlee Covert, cook Jasmine Adams, cook Douglas Gregory, cook Nekiva Adams, and assistant manager Charles Bozeman. <br> Staff/ Emily Barnes
Front Porch, Southern Dining owner Debi Collins (foreground left) stands next to executive chef Micahel Barnes, in front of the restaurant. From back are server Joe Collins, server Betsy Collins, server Keighlee Covert, cook Jasmine Adams, cook Douglas Gregory, cook Nekiva Adams, and assistant manager Charles Bozeman.
Staff/ Emily Barnes
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Debi Collins talks to customers Ron and Kathy Shopitz of Acworth at the restaurant.
Debi Collins talks to customers Ron and Kathy Shopitz of Acworth at the restaurant.
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A plate with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes is served at Front Porch, Southern Dining.
A plate with fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, and mashed potatoes is served at Front Porch, Southern Dining.
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Savor the memories of childhood at Front Porch, Southern Dining. Located at 2940 Dallas Street in Kennesaw, the eatery creates home-cooked meals in a warm, family atmosphere.

“We’re very committed to traditional Southern food seasoned the way our grandmother’s seasoned. We want you to feel like you’re at your grandmother’s table,” said Debi Collins, who owns the restaurant with husband Bill.

With Southern specialties like fried chicken, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, mac-n-cheese and green beans washed down with a cold glass of sweet tea, guests are transported back to another time. And just when they are full to the brim, a slice of pound cake or cobbler are sure to tempt.

“Everybody is telling us we have some of the best fried chicken they’ve ever eaten,” said Collins, a Marietta resident who was raised in Powder Springs.

The Collins always wanted to own a restaurant and were inspired by memories of good times on a front porch after long meals around the table with family.

“We’ve always enjoyed food and eating out and trying different foods. Opening a restaurant is something we always joked about for years,” she said.

The perfect setting beckoned the former decorator and retired Air Force employee to follow their dream.

“We saw the house and thought this would be a great location to do an upscale southern style restaurant,” Collins said. The couple has two grown children.

Since opening on Dec. 28, 2012, Front Porch continues to be well-received by the community.

“We are swamped every day,” Collins said.

Front Porch serves meat and three at lunch and family style at dinner.

“At dinner, the server informs guests what is being served and the table chooses two meats and four sides. We serve that family style, all you can eat for $14.50,” she said.

“When people leave, they tell us they feel like they have eaten at their grandmother’s house,” Collins said.

Front Porch is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dinner is served all day on Sunday.

The eatery also has a Facebook page at facebook.com/FrontPorchSouthernDining. For more information, call (770) 795-9455.
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