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The Fork at Lakeside – A Coeur d’Alene Gem

In Coeur d'Alene Dining, fine dining, food blog, foodie, Uncategorized on September 16, 2014 at 4:36 PM

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Trying a new restaurant is always an interesting experience, especially with good friends. Recently I had the opportunity to dine at The Fork in Coeur d’Alene. What a wonderful experience!

The Fork is located in the building that once housed Takara’s. Parking is not a problem in that there is a pay lot directly across from the restaurant. Usually free parking is available on the street nearby.

The new owners, Monica and Will Scott have completely renovated and redecorated the interior of the restaurant. The décor is very “classy” without being stuffy or off-putting. The distance between tables and the table arrangement lends to the dining experience. The background music is barely noticeable but also lends itself to the total experience.

The menu is well balanced and varied. The various preparations are substantial and imaginative. The specials are changed frequently, perfectly prepared and plated and capitalize on the seasonal fresh ingredients available. Prices are moderate for a fine dining restaurant.

Click Here for the current menu for The Fork

We began with choosing wine from the very well appointed but not ostentatious wine list. Outstanding wines are also available by the glass. The staff is very knowledgeable regarding the various wines and will gladly offer samples to assist the diner in their selection.

 

SaladButter leaf lettuce, apple vinaigrette, bleu cheese dressing topped with diced tomatoes, fire-roasted red peppers, peppered bacon, gorgonzola crumbles and chives, finished with a balsamic reduction drizzle

Chef and co-owners Will and Monica Scott are both  “foodies” and are accomplished Chefs. Will puts his culinary expertise and years of experience to work in the preparation and plating of his creations designed to delight their guests and diners.

Lobster BisqueLobster Bisque

MeddallionsThe King’s Fork
Chef Will’s Black Angus grain-fed tenderloin medallions topped with dungeness crab and  bearnaise sauce. Sided with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus

 

Parmesan Encrused HalibutParmesan Encrusted Halibut – A Special

RibeyeThe Grand Fork
Handcut 12 oz Ribeye topped with garlic herbed butter, accompanied by grilled
asparagus and sided with our gorgonzola wild mushroom sauce

 Sea Bass and RissotoSea Bass Risotto
House-seasoned grilled sea bass served atop asparagus and wild mushroom risotto,
topped with fresh shredded asiago cheese

New OrleansNew Orleans
Sauteed crawfish, andouille sausage, blackened chicken, wild mushrooms and onions tossed
with fettuccine and cajun cream sauce topped with diced tomatoes and scallions

 

Pork Osso BucoPork Osso Buco! Bone-in Pork Shank, smoked/braised served with house mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.- A Special

White Chocolate raspberry swirl cheesecake!

As anyone who follows this blog, even casually knows, I am a very tough critic of dining establishments. Some might even say “picky and overly critical.” All things considered, The Fork at Lakeside is the best dining experience at this time in North Idaho. It takes attention to detail, knowledgeable caring food preparation, outstanding table service and a well thought out menu and wine list to impress me. I’m impressed!!!

I would like to see Chef Will turn his attention to a couple of classic deserts – Key Lime Pie and New Orleans Style Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce. The “classics” when prepared by a Master Chef are always a treat. Also a well thought out Cheese and Fruit Plate for those, that for various reasons might not partake of the rich desert offerings.

My recommendation: Go to The Fork at Lakeside for any special occasion or just go and simply by dining there – make it a special occasion!!!

The Fork at Lakeside also has live entertainment on certain nights of the week. Check them out on Facebook for updated schedules and specials.

Below is a link to a short segment on The Fork at Lakeside on KHQ television:

http://www.khq.com/clip/10494186/nw-deals-the-fork-at-lakeside-a-new-american-fine-dining-experience-in-cda

Stew Meat is NOT Medallions !!!

In Uncategorized on September 14, 2014 at 7:31 AM

I recently dined with friends at HayJ’s Bistro in Liberty Lake. I ordered the “Bistro Medallions”.

“Bistro Medallions
Medallions of beef seasoned & grilled, topped with cabernet demi-glace & gorgonzola cheese with garlic mashed potatoes & vegetables.”

I asked for them “rare.” In the meantime I had the Ladieu salad for a starter which is always wonderful.

“Ladieu
Wild greens, candied pecans, red grapes, red onion & goat cheese with huckleberry vinaigrette.”

The wine and the bread accompanying the meal were great. The service was impeccable. Unfortunately when the Bistro Medallions were served, for me, the meal turned to a disaster. I pressed on one of the three morsels of beef and it felt like it was medium to well done. I cut into the piece and it looked rare – as ordered. Curious???? I cut a bite sized piece. It was tough, grisly and difficult to chew. I asked the server what cut of beef were used in the Bistro Medallions? Without hesitation she responded “shoulder meat.” In my experience that’s a catchall term for stew meat.

The difference between stew meat and beef tenderloin can be measured in light years. Both in terms of taste and tenderness.

Hay J’s has a great, well earned reputation. It’s a shame that they are misleading diners by substituting stew meat for tenderloin. Please remove the item from an otherwise wonderful menu or revise the description to include a warning that it is not “beef medallions” in the classic sense of the culinary meaning. On the other had “Bistro Stew Meat” doesn’t have a very appetizing ring to it – especially at $23 a pop!

 

 

A Coeur d’Alene Breakfast Institution

In Breakfast, Coeur d'Alene Dining, food blog, foodie, Uncategorized on June 8, 2014 at 4:35 PM

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Most of the time when the word institution is used to describe an eating establishment it’s not a good thing. The establishment becomes more of a “must try” restaurant instead of a really special, vibrant and fun place to eat. Michael D’s in Coeur d’Alene is special, vibrant, fun a wonderful place to experience – and EAT! It’s one of the few places that I know of where long-time locals AND tourists go for breakfast (and lunch). Michael DePasuale has a long history as a man who enjoys food and drink and more than that, enjoys providing others the best food and service imaginable. As a foodie serving others Michael is always on the lookout for something different that will appeal to his diners. Enter the new “Paleo” section of his menu:

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I had to try the Paleo Waffle with eggs and sausage. It was great! I thought it might taste like sawdust and shredded paper but it didn’t – it actually looked and tasted wonderful.

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In addition to many great selections on the menu the omelets that are available will bring you back week after week to try them all. You will not be disappointed.
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Take a look at these creative and delicious offerings:
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Micheal’s also offers a great meeting room for groups who want outstanding food and service while meeting. The room also serves as additional seating for restaurant patrons.

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While you’re there be sure and have some of the best coffee served in this area and buy in one of Michael D’s mugs, my new favorite coffee mug.. Michael D’s is located at 203 E Coeur D’Alene Lake Dr, Coeur d’Alene, at the east end of Sherman. Not far from downtown CDA.

Great Food – Great Restaurant – Great Service and most of all a GREAT Host!!!

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