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.
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.
Butter 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.
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.