Front Porch Restaurant Pies & Desserts in Dunnellon Florida

    By Gary McKechnie

    On a road trip recently, I took two-lane Highway 41, a road I don’t often take. I will from now on, because just south of downtown Dunnellon I spotted the Front Porch Restaurant and Pie Shop.

    A country diner will always catch my attention, and when you add pie to the title then it’s a shoo-in. Or a shoo-fly pie in.

    The missus and I stopped and it was great; one of those Old Florida feelings where a group of servers was flying among tables carrying huge pork chops and meatloaf and chicken and fresh vegetables and glasses of sweet tea. (See a more thorough menu below).

    There was a real friendly atmosphere inside the Front Porch Restaurant (which actually has an enclosed front porch) and that feeling was echoed in the country-style decorations.

    This is exactly the kind of place I look for when I’m exploring Florida’s back roads or when traveling across the nation on a motorcycle. There’s just something great and exciting about finding independent restaurants where you can settle back with a home-cooked meal.

    And when it was time for some delicious Florida desserts, it took a lot of discussion to select just the right slice of pie. We settled on a chocolate-coconut pie topped with a tower of meringue. It was heroic in size and one of the best things I’ve ever tasted.

    Funny thing. I didn’t know about the Front Porch until last week. Now I’ll never forget it.

    Maybe I’ll see you there.

    If you go...

    Front Porch Restaurant and Pie Shop
    12039 North Florida Avenue (Hiwy 41)
    (352) 489-4708


    Bacon Cheeseburger

    BLT on White, Wheat, or Rye

    Fish Sandwich

    Cold Roast Beef Sandwich

    Grilled Chicken Breast on a Hoagie

    Fried Chicken Breast on a hoagie

    Grilled Cheese

    Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon

    Big'Un Hot Dog 1/4 lb.

    Ham & Cheese

    Cuban Sandwich

    Homemade Soups

    Homemade Chili

    Greek Salad

    Grilled Chicken Salad


    Corn Dog Basket

    Fried Chicken Strips

    Fried Fish

    Crab Patties

    Fried Shrimp

    Fried Fish & Shrimp

    Onion Rings

    Fresh Vegtables

    Corn Nuggets

    Sweet Potato Fries

    Breaded Mushrooms

    Onion rings

    Pot Roast

    Fried Chicken

    Fried Bone-in Ham Steak

    Grilled Liver n' Onions

    Chicken Fried Beef

    Chopped Steak with Grilled Onions

    Grilled Chicken Breast

    Grilled Pork Chops

    Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

    Chicken Parmesan

    Chicken Wings

    Shrimp and Crab Platter

    Chocolate Cake





    Lemon Meringue

    Coconut Cream Meringue

    Chocolate Cream

    Banana Cream

    Key Lime

    Peanut Butter Chocolate

    (in season)



    Sweet Potato


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    A monumental piece of chocolate-coconut pie -- reason enough to visit the Front Porch in Dunnellon.

    - Gary McKechnie

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    One of the happiest days of my life.

    - Nancy Howell