The town of Orange is working it's way back in to the foodie game and they are getting some big help. The owners of the acclaimed Inn at Willow Grove David and Charlene Scibal have opened up Forked on Main. Forked is located in downtown Orange just up from the Courthouse. Forked is described as a casual bistro serving delicious daily fare in an exceptional setting. I would tend to agree.
My wife and decided to visit on an early Saturday evening. When you walk in to the historic building you are met with a choice. Eat to the right and Drink to the left.
We chose to go to the right. The dining area is very warm, with a classicly modern look. I loved the decor and the style.
Forked also has a full bar with several Virginia Craft beers on tap and plenty of wine.
Now to the important part,the food. The dinner menu is seasonal and is small, but seems to have something for everyone. I am not a fan of huge menus where you can't really ever make up your mind. There were even a few gluten free options, which made my wife very happy. For an appetizer my wife had a sip of the Crab Bisque soup, which is basically a shot glass of soup, which she liked because we also ordered the potato gnocchi and she didn't want to ruin her dinner. For entree's I had the Miso Mayo Short Ribs and my wife had the Shrimp and Grits.
The short ribs were some of the best that I have had in a long time. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her shrimp and grits. We did not have enough room for dessert, but I will be trying their fried apple pie soon enough. To be honest, we enjoyed dinner so much we came back to Orange the next day to go shopping and stopped back for lunch. I forgot to mention they make all their own bread and it was soft and warm and super flavorful.
Yes that is fried chicken stuffed with mac and cheese, I don't need to say anything else.
Our overall experience was very good. The wait staff was nice and attentive. The atmosphere was nice and relaxing, even as they started to get busy. My wife and I will be going here for Valentine's Day, which is super cool since they are not open for dinner on Wednesday's. They opened up just for this day and will have a special menu. There are still a couple of reservations left as of today(Friday). I would definitely recommend Forked on Main. It's a great date night place and it is also family friendly. The price range is about what you would expect for a more upscale food selection. You get what you pay for here!
Be sure to visit their website: http://forkedonmain.com/
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There are are several places around Orange that I will be visiting and reviewing. Be sure to support local and Drink Up and Eat Well!