Fork, with its tall green banquettes, beautifully shaded light fixtures, oval-shaped bar, and open rear kitchen, is an affordable, stylish bistro -- and a local favorite. Set in a historic brick former warehouse, it is intimate and convivial, with 68 impeccable seats, and sought-after bar stools where regulars like to perch for classic sidecars and heirloom tomato salads. Most of the ingredients come from organic farms and Amish purveyors, and the menu changes daily. Signature dishes include mustard seed-crusted scallops over butternut squash risotto, and chimichurri-laced hanger steak with matchstick-thin yucca frites. Sunday brunch is excellent, featuring brioche French toast and creamy cheddar grits.
Next door at 308 is Fork, Etc., an all-day cafe selling eat-in or takeout gourmet sandwiches, salads, soups, baked goods, beverages, artisan breads, and wonderful, food-centric hostess gifts -- antique corkscrews, pottery bowls, vintage cordial glasses. On Wednesday nights, this space hosts a first-come, first-served four-course dinner around a tall, shared table. The $40 price tag includes wine.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Very Highly Recommended 2010