Put a fork in us. We're done.

A group of friends and their "others" dining out in Columbus. Chics only.

Monday, May 12, 2008

The Columbus Dispatch : Cream-of-the-crop restaurants emphasize high quality

Fork gals may be interested in this...

The Columbus Dispatch : Cream-of-the-crop restaurants emphasize high quality

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hoover Grille

On Monday, June 25, 2007 the Fork girls gathered at Hoover Grille for the month's dining experience. We had a good turnout this month with 12 attendees... including our youngest ever Fork girl, Shannen, who is 3. We had a few new attendees also.

I chose Hoover Grille on atmosphere alone. It was listed in the Columbus Dispatch as one of the best restaurants in Columbus for waterfront dining. The place looks like a yacht club. The decor is simple, airy, and elegant. There is a patio overlooking Hoover Reservoir, but our group was too large for the patio.

Here are my ratings:
Reservations: 5 forks, super easy.
Atmosphere: 5 forks... the view is phenomenal. It just doesn't get much better in Columbus, frankly.
Staff: 5 forks. They took very good care of us. We even got hugs.
Food: 4 forks. It's not the best food we've ever had at a Fork event, but it was very good. The menu is pretty basic - salads, calamari, ribs, sandwiches, pasta, etc.

Stay tuned for the invitation to next month's Fork. Next month marks our one year anniversary of these events!

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Fork Goes to India

The blog has been resuscitated!
Last night Fork traveled to India. We tried
Taj Palace and modified the rules a bit by doing the buffet. There was a good selection and the naan was a hit. One of the girls didn't mention that she hates Indian food, but everyone was adventurous and tried everything. My favorite new thing was the mint chutney. First it tastes like mint, and then it gets hot. Yummo.
The ratings were (out of 5 forks) 4/3.5/3/3, averaging 3.375. I'm definitely going back. Wonder where we're going next month?

Thursday, January 04, 2007

January Fork... coming soon

Host: Lesley
Location: Mac's Cafe
693 N. High St., Columbus, OH
When: Monday, January 15, 6:30pm

Hi girls! OK, so far, FORK has done Italian, Greek, Thai, and diner food. Are you ready for some Scottish fare??? :-)

Mac's Cafe has Scottish, English, and American food in a fun, laid-back pub-style atmosphere. They are known for excellent food (shepherd's pie, steak fries, burgers, etc.) and big portions. Seating is first-come, first-serve (no reservations needed), but the girl I talked to at Mac's today told me that Monday nights are not too busy and perfect for them to accommodate a large group. Yay!

Hope to see you there! :-)

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Basi Italia :: reviewed

Basi Italia. November 30, 2006. I left my camera at home this night. But I think I can paint you a picture of the evening that will more than delight.

It had been an unseasonably warm week in Ohio that week. Unfortunately, by Thursday, the rain had set in. It rained steadily from the afternoon into the evening. Miserable rain, but not cold. Surely our plans for outdoor dining would be dashed?

Oh, but not so. Jenny and I arrived first. The restaurant is nestled in an alley in a downtown residential neighborhood. The lights of the place shine out onto the bumpy cobbled street of the alley where the valet awaits. We go inside. It's a tiny place, like someone's house converted to a restaurant. All the diners look at us as if to say, "oh no, there isn't room for 2 more." The host lets us know that we are set up for our large group to eat on the patio if that's ok with us. They have it covered and heated, so we should be nice and comfortable. We are the adventurous sort, so we head back out the front door and around the side of the building.

Walking into the back courtyard is like inviting yourself into a friend's backyard. There is a cozy chimnea burning and two heat lamps under a spacious tent where our tables are set up. We are early, so we take a seat under an umbrella near the fireplace. A waiter brings us drinks while we await the rest of the party and he finishes setting our tables. We drink our beverages, warmed by the fire, listening to the sounds of the city and the rain falling softly around us.

The rest of the girls start arriving. Each one has a look of awe and fascination as she takes in the specialness of our monthly dining experience for November. On this occasion we are missing some regular attendees and have acquired some new members who also brought a friend. The warmth of this group of people continues to fill the place with warmth on a rainy night.

Our first round of appetizers was a special treat from the owners. Delicious, though I can't remember the name. From the menu, we ordered sauté of zucchini, grilled endive & fresh figs, and roasted beets. The bread is delicious and continuously replenished. We sampled many of the main course selections also. The roasted chicken, pumpkin ravioli, and shrimp & crab risotto were popular selections. We ended the evening with a variety of desserts including their special spiced mocha chocolate pudding and the canoli.

One of the best Fork experiences of the year! I am looking forward to another year of friends and food myself. And I hope that those of you who have joined us will continue to attend. It is so much fun to keep meeting new people and forging deeper relationships with the rest.

Friday, November 03, 2006


Hello ladies. I have chosen the November FORK date and place.

Where: Basi-Italia (http://www.basi-italia.com/) Yes, more Italian
When: November 30, 2006
Time: 7:00pm

The psychiatrist I work with owns this restaurant and she is going to try to get us into their special outdoor room that is heated and has a fireplace. They only have 1 beer there (an italian beer) but an rather extensive wine list. I have never eaten there but I've had the desserts and I can't complain.

Please let me know ASAP as to whether or not you can attend so I can make reservations. This is a rather small restaurant so we need to get our table/room reserved as soon as we can.

Please forward this on to whomever.


Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Sunset Negril

Reservation made.
Sunset Negril.
At the Continent.
8.24.06 :: 6pm.
Live music.

Be there! :-)