Michael Ruiz (of Bistro Verdu and Ingredients) just opened a new "working class bistro" in Montrose: Fork. I had the pleasure of dining there last night, and again for lunch today (my SO is officially addicted to the fries). I was at a table of 7, so was able to sample a few different things. We started out with a charcuterie plate, duck confit salad, and grilled gulf shrimp. The duck confit salad is a favorite of mine that Ingredients regulars will recognize. The grilled gulf shrimp was accompanied by spicy pickled peppers. We also got an order of brussel sprouts, which were exceptional - perfectly cooked with brown butter and bacon. This was one of my favorites from the night.
Three of us ordered the braised pork shoulder with polenta, bacon, green chilies, and applewood smoke. The crunch of the bacon, combined with the tender pork shoulder and the texture of the buttery polenta complemented each other perfectly. Others at the table got steak and fries, roast chicken with crushed potatoes, and local white seabass with beurre blanc, all excellent. We also ordered a side of fries - these thick, crispy fries are topped with Hawaiian Alae salt and disappeared from the table within an instant.
We bypassed dessert in favor of a cheese plate and a bottle of Tintero Moscato d'Asti, which paired well with the cheeses. With wine, shared appetizers, a cheese plate, and entrees, we spent 50 pp, including tax and tip.
Corkage is $10, and is waived if you buy a bottle from their list. The wine list is put together by the nearby Rosso Wine Shop, and includes a number of Californian and old world wines that are great accompaniments to the menu.
We went back again to try the lunch menu. I had the fork burger, and my boyfriend the grilled vegetable sandwich and fries. The burger was juicy, with a crispy slice of bacon and a slight sweetness from the tomato jam. They also offer weekend brunch.
I'm thrilled this place is opened, and plan on making it a regular dining destination. Once again, Ruiz is offering fantastic quality and unbeatable taste.
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