Forks for All
The series of Fork restaurants appear to have had tremendous success in the Roanoke area. Between Fork in the City near Roanoke's Old Southwest neighborhood, Fork in the Alley in Crystal Spring and now the Fork in the Market in the City Market Building in Downtown Roanoke, there are forks scattered around the Roanoke Valley.
They do a nice job with promotions, regular specials and different events to attract a crowd, and they also provide good environments for people to hang out on the weekends.
I’ve been a few times and tried multiple items, but my most recent visit involved getting lunch to go, which was a pulled pork sandwich with coleslaw and a side of fried green beans.
According to the menu description, the sandwich features “house smoked pulled pork simmered in homemade sweet and spicy BBQ sauce; topped with coleslaw on a toasted artisan kaiser roll.”
The kaiser roll was topped with a generous amount of pulled pork with a tomato based sauce. I was hoping the pork would have a smokier flavor and a little more texture, but it still had a good amount of spice. The coleslaw on top of the pulled pork was chunky and sweet and offered a nice change in texture with the pork.
I’ve written before about the fried green beans at Fork in the Market and they’re made the same way at the Fork in the City. These green beans have a great crunchy flavor and I really like them with a side of ranch dressing.
Along with the pulled pork sandwich, I’ve also had multiple pizzas from Fork in the City and a few of the entrees. If I had to pick one item on the menu, I think I’d stick with the pizzas.
The pulled pork wasn’t bad, but it also wasn’t anything particularly memorable. With pizzas prepared in a brick oven and a great selection of toppings, pies are the way to go.
And if you’re feeling a little gluttonous, order an appetizer of fried green beans to go with anything on the menu.
Fork in the City
551 Marshall Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 24016