Category: Dining

the back porch

The Back Porch

Good Times With Good Folks

The Austin food scene has exploded in the past decade. Every type of cuisine you can imagine – often at prices you can’t. One thing has been missing though – especially in the North Austin/Cedar Park area – a casual neighborhood restaurant with American cuisine made from scratch that knocks your socks off. When you want delicious food and drinks, visit The Back Porch, located at 12233 FM 620 North, Suite 104 in Austin.

The goal at The Back Porch since day one has been to establish itself as a neighborhood favorite. At the helm are chefs Dan and Suzy Parrott. With a combined experience base of nearly 60 years, they are certain of one thing: food does not have to be fancy but it must always be correct. They bring in the best ingredients and prepare everything – right on down to the ketchup – in-house. “People love that and they can tell the difference,” said Parrott. “We don’t do mixes here. We blend and make everything ourselves.” The passion they have for the food extends to their guests as well. “We love and value sharing people’s time with them. I want them to leave delighted, saying ‘that was time well-spent’.”

Along with their dedication to serving the best food, The Back Porch keeps things simple. Take the burger, for instance – or as Parrott refers to it, “THE burger”. The Back Porch burgers are ground daily from four of the best cuts of Black Angus beef – including two cuts usually reserved for steak. The bun is a French-style brioche baked on-site daily. Their French Fries are made using Kennebec potatoes, triple-blanched in the Belgian style. You’re going to sit down and have one of the best burgers and fries you’ll find anywhere. Other popular items are the various wood-fired pizzas and the fish and chips. “We sell more fish and chips than half of England,” joked Dan. They use only cold-water Icelandic cod and one of their 25 Texas beers available on tap for the batter.

Every day brings a different reason to visit The Back Porch. In addition to daily specials and live music on Friday nights, there’s brunch on both Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Like them on Facebook at @backporchatx to learn about all the different daily offers and events.

Part of being the neighborhood restaurant is taking an active role in the community. Providing support to local schools and other youth groups is The Back Porch’s favored way of doing so.

When you want good food, personal service and fun times, be sure to visit The Back Porch. They’re open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to midnight Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call (512) 428-4047, visit their website at, or like them on Facebook.

12233 N FM 620 Ste. 104
Austin, TX 78750


Anchor Bar

Home of The Original Chicken Wing

On March 4th, 1964, Dominic Bellissimo was tending bar at the now-famous Anchor Bar Restaurant in Buffalo, NY. Late that evening, a group of Dominic’s friends arrived at the bar with ravenous appetites. Dominic asked his mother,Teressa, to prepare something for his friends to eat.

They looked like chicken wings, a part of the chicken that usually went into the stock pot for soup. Teressa had deep fried the wings and flavored them with a secret sauce. The wings were an instant hit and it didn’t take long for people to flock to the bar to experience their new taste sensation. From that evening on, Buffalo Wings became a regular part of the menu at the Anchor Bar.

The phenomenon created in 1964 by Teressa Bellissimo has spread across the globe. Although many have tried to duplicate the Buffalo wing, the closely guarded secret recipe is what makes Frank & Teressa’s the proclaimed “Best Wings in the World”.

4553 N. Loop 1604 W
San Antonio, TX 78249